Conservative Backlash

(“Silent Majority”)

  • Southern opposition to Civil Rights Act of 1964 (& Voting Rights Act of 1965)
  • Forced busing became a major issue among the white middle-class in the early ‘70s.
  • Desire for law and order due to Vietnam protests and inner-city rioting
  • George Wallace’s presidential campaign in 1968 appealed to many conservatives
  • Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” in 1968 election gave the Republicans the White House
  • Nixon’s “Silent Majority” speech symbolized polarization between conservatism and liberalism in the U.S.
  • Many Southern Democrats become Republicans
  • Increased white male opposition to Affirmative Action by the late-70s.
  • “Moral Majority” taps into conservative frustrations in late-70s.
  • Ronald Reagan wins overwhelmingly in 1980 & 1984
  • Republicans take control of Congress in 1994 (“Contract with America”)

After 2000, Republicans control all three branches of government

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