University of Central Florida Conservatism Ascendant Discussion

Conservatism Ascendant

How “new” were the New Right and the “Reagan Revolution” of the 1980s? Is the conservative ascendancy of the late 20th century best understood as a completely novel development in American history, or as part of a much longer history? If the latter, which earlier historical period is most useful in understanding Reaganism and the New Right? Use the assigned documents to support your answer.

By 11:59 pm on Thursday, write a 300-word discussion board post in response to the prompt. In your response, you must quote or make reference to at least one of the documents assigned for reading in this module.

Required reading: Voices of Freedom

Document 183 – Brochure on the Equal Rights Amendment (1970s)

Document 188 – Phyllis Schlafly, “The Fraud of the Equal Rights Amendment” (1972)

Optional reading: Give Me Liberty

Chapter 26, pp. 1,032 – 1,055