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In the years 1964-2005, what factors contributed to the resurgence of conservatism in American politics and government?

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There were several factors that contributed to the increase of conservatism in American government and politics between 1964-2005. One factor was the Cold War. In communist countries, the government had a great deal of influence and control. In many of these countries, the government also rejected religion. Conservatives were concerned that the role of the government in the United States might increase and that less emphasis might be placed on religion.

During some of this time period, the Religious Right movement increased. People such as Reverend Billy Graham and Jerry Farwell stressed religious values. The "Moral Majority" worked to influence political policy by stressing religious and conservative values. These conservatives were very concerned that the United States was in a moral decline, and they wanted to support conservative policies that would reverse that trend.

As more people moved to the South and the West, an area known as the Sun Belt, people saw an opportunity for growth...

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