The Rise Of The Republican Party In The 1960s

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Historians are still determining the parameters of the second historiographical inquiry, that concerning the rise of the right wing of the Republican party at the expense of the left. Scholars have just begun the task o f explaining how conservative Republicans won the battle for control of the Republican party in the 1960s. This scholarship concentrates almost exclusively on the rise o f the party’s right wing. What is missing is an explanation o f how liberal Republicans, who had maintained a vital presence in their party since its inception and who had dominated their party’s presidential nominations from 1936 to 1960, disappeared. Furthermore, by concentrating on the 1960s, when the right made its ascent, it fails to recognize the importance
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