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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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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