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The Vanishing TraditionPerspectives on American Conservatism$
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Paul Gottfried

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749858

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749858.001.0001

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The Unwanted Southern Conservatives

The Unwanted Southern Conservatives

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(p.122) 9 The Unwanted Southern Conservatives
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The Vanishing Tradition
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Boyd D. Cathey

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749858.003.0010

This chapter assesses Southern conservatism, its history, and its relationship to the American conservative movement. It particularly looks at the fate of Southern regionalists within a now-transformed American conservative movement. The chapter considers the deliberate removal of the Southern traditionalists from this establishment, a process that was greatly accelerated once the neoconservatives became a force to be reckoned with. This displacement represented a major reorientation of the conservative movement, given that Southern Agrarians and, more generally, Southern traditionalists had been significant cultural and social critics in the post-World War II Right. The loss of a Southern conservative presence was so total that any memory of this influence has been shoved down a memory hole and/or bleached out of authorized histories of the conservative movement.

Keywords:   Southern conservatism, American conservative movement, Southern regionalists, Southern traditionalists, neoconservatives, Southern Agrarians, Southern conservatives

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