The Political Legacies of Barry Goldwater and George McGovern: Shifting Party Paradigms

Hardcover | October 15, 2010

byJeffrey J. Volle, Jeffrey J Volle

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Presidential candidates’ names such as Lewis Cass, Samuel Tilden, Alton Parker and James Cox may not be familiar to many, but what about Barry Goldwater and George McGovern? This book is about Senators Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) and George McGovern (D-SD), men who gave their leadership to both the conservative cause and liberal cause during an era of turmoil and strife. It’s about two men who lost the most coveted position in the world of politics in landslide proportions, but were determined not to be a footnote in the annals of presidential history. In addition, it’s about redemption for people on the right and left of the political spectrum who can be proud of two politicians that, in the simplest terms, demonstrated that defeat can be both decent and honorable.

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Presidential candidates’ names such as Lewis Cass, Samuel Tilden, Alton Parker and James Cox may not be familiar to many, but what about Barry Goldwater and George McGovern? This book is about Senators Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) and George McGovern (D-SD), men who gave their leadership to both the conservative cause and liberal cause durin...

Jeffrey J. Volle has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Akron. In 2005, he successfully completed his Master of Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College. Volle has been married to his wife Peggy fo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:October 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230100031

ISBN - 13:9780230100039

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Table of Contents

Part One: Barry M. Goldwater * Change on the Horizon 1960-64 * The 1964 Campaign for President of the United States * The Beat Goes On 1965-76 * The Torch Has Been Passed 1976-80 * Redemption and the Election of Ronald Reagan * The End of a Long Journey for Mr. Conservative * Conclusions * Part Two: George S. McGovern * The Most Decent Man in the Senate 1963-66 * Call to Duty 1967-68 * The Reformer 1969-71 * The 1972 Campaign for President of the United States * Victory and Defeat 1973-1980 * Redemption and the Election of Bill Clinton * Conclusions

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“In this period of harsh political rhetoric, many are looking for political leaders who hold fast to their political ideals while still contributing to civil discourse and policy accomplishment. This political biography provides lessons for today by demonstrating how two politicians from opposite ideological perspectives translated their losses into a development of their party’s self-definition while growing their respected stature as statesman-leaders. It is a study of presidential elections not simply as selection processes but as a source of national communication about political ideas and the origin (or spark) for political movements. It also is a testament of the role of ideas and loyalty to those ideas as a model of leadership. Certainly it would have appeal for a modern U.S. history class, especially political history, or a class on parties and elections.”--Stephen C. Brooks, Associate Director, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, The University of Akron