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How did traditionalists react to cultural transformations in US society?

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Traditionalists typically react badly to cultural transformations.  Traditionalists are, by definition, happy with the status quo.  They think that traditional ways of doing things are the best.  Therefore, they do not like it when cultural transformations occur.

When such transformations occur, there is typically a backlash among traditionalists.  Such backlashes have been seen at various points in US history.  One of the most prominent of these was the backlash against the new values of the 1920s.  This backlash included such things as a growth in fundamentalist Christianity and the KKK’s rise to importance in many parts of the country.

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