In The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism, some of our most accomplished and readable historians push the origins of present-day Texas conservatism back to the decade preceding the twentieth century. They illuminate the initial factors that began moving Texas to the far right, even before the arrival of the New Deal.
By demonstrating that Texas politics foreshadowed the partisan realignment of the erstwhile Solid South, the studies in this book challenge the traditional narrative that emphasizes the right-wing critique of modern America voiced by, among others, radical conservatives of the state’s Democratic Party, beginning in the 1930s. As the contributors show, it is impossible to understand the Jeffersonian Democrats of 1936, the Texas Regular movement of 1944, the Dixiecrat Party of 1948, the Shivercrats of the 1950s, state members of the John Birch Society, Texas members of Young Americans for Freedom, Reagan Democrats, and most recently, even, the Tea Party movement without first understanding the underlying impulses that produced their formation.
DAVID O’DONALD CULLEN is a professor of history at Collin College. He coedited the award-winning volume The Texas Left: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Liberalism. KYLE G. WILKISON is also a professor of history at Collin College. He is the author of Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists: Plain Folk Protest in Texas, 1870–1914 and coeditor (with Cullen) of The Texas Left.
What Readers Are Saying:
“This book is an excellent overview of an often overlooked aspect of 20th century Texas political history. There has been a need for an updated history on the development of 20th century politics in the Lone Star State. While there are ample resources on the influence of the Right on Texas politics, the literature is slight. This book will make a much needed contribution and fill the lacuna in the histography.”—Gene B. Preuss, Assistant Professor of History at University of Houston-Downtown
"The Texas Right is a valuable addition to Texas political historiography. Its nine authors have provided an informative look at an important topic." -- Southwestern historical Quarterly
“. . . constructs a quick and accessible primer perfect for those looking to make a rapid acquaintance with several strands of twentieth-century Texas conservatism. . . The Texas Right not only explores Texas’s colorful history but also provides a much-needed launching point for understanding the long history of the Texas Right.”—Journal of Southern History