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Comment: The Empire Strikes Back — Conservative Responses to Progressive Social Movements in the 1970s

Bruce J. Schulman
Journal of Contemporary History
Vol. 43, No. 4 (Oct., 2008), pp. 695-700
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40543231
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Comment: The Empire Strikes Back — Conservative Responses to Progressive Social Movements in the 1970s
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Abstract

A commentary on the papers assembled for the symposium, this article suggests that, despite their varied interests, the four authors develop a coherent new interpretation of American political culture in the 1970s — one that stresses the persistence of liberal reform. Conceding the vitality of the grassroots movements analysed by the contributors, the commentary reconciles this revised portrait of 1970s social movements with the conservative ascendancy in American electoral politics and concludes that conservatism, albeit in an altered form, nonetheless triumphed in the 1970s.

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