This study discusses one particular, significant, historical moment, the Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary of 1964. The purpose of this analysis is to interpret the campaign of Alabama Governor, George C. Wallace in its proper historical context. He performed well, better than expected, anyway, due to support from a broad political coalition that had never been seen before to such an extent. Wallace made effective appeals to both traditional conservatives as well as to urban white ethnics. I argue that Wallace’s success in bringing together disparate elements of a previously non-existent political coalition set a model for future conservative politicians to follow. Wallace, I contend, should, therefore, be regarded as a major contributor to the development of the modern American right.
History; Political Science
Schoenfeld, Frederik W., "How Long Can We Tolerate This? Understanding the Wallace Vote, Racial Backlash in the Metropolitan North, & the Emergence of the Modern American Right" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7515.
George Wallace, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Populism, Conservatism
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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