quiz and discussion 8

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.

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)