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Was America’s shift to the political right conservatism, saving or holding on to...

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kguidry39 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted July 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM via web

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Was America’s shift to the political right conservatism, saving or holding on to gains that were made, or was it a reaction to the numerous and sometimes violent changes of the Sixties? 

The period from 1969 to 1988 is often described as the “Triumph of Conservatism." 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM (Answer #1)

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The shift to the political right was most definitely a reaction to the changes of the '60s.  We can see this in some of the things that the political right wanted.  They wanted traditional values, which showed a backlash against the sexual revolution and the Women's Lib movement.  They wanted a stronger military, which was a backlash against the anti-military feelings of some in the Vietnam Era.  They wanted smaller government, which was a backlash against the big spending of the "Great Society."  The positions taken by the political right were all reactions to changes that came about in the Sixties.

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