Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. iii-iv

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

What conservatives believe determines how they express their beliefs. This is true for liberals as well, of course. Both conservatives and liberals want to persuade others. Since they are persuading...

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Whittaker Chambers: “I Broke Away from the Communist Party”

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pp. 9-13

Whittaker Chambers was born Vivian Jay Chambers to a poor family on Long Island, New York, in 1901. Intellectually gifted but troubled, he dropped out of Columbia University and was arrested in his youth for stealing books from the New York...

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William F. Buckley Jr.: “Today We Are Educated Men”

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pp. 14-19

“The godfather of American conservatism.” “The architect of the modern conservative movement.” “The intellectual father of modern conservatism.” These are just some of the phrases often used to describe William F. Buckley Jr. Indeed, it is hard...

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Everett Dirksen: “The Time Has Come”

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pp. 20-29

That Everett McKinley Dirksen would become one of the Republican Party’s leading lights should have come as no surprise. His parents, Johann and Antje, both German immigrants, decided to name their sons after famous GOP figures: Everett bore the...

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Barry Goldwater: “Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice”

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pp. 30-40

Barry M. Goldwater was born in 1909 to a merchant family in Arizona. After attending the Staunton Military Academy, he attended the University of Arizona for one year before joining the family business. During the Second World War he enlisted in the...

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Ronald Reagan: “A Time for Choosing”

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pp. 41-54

Ronald Reagan was born to a poor Illinois family in 1911. The son of an alcoholic father and religious mother, he attended Eureka College where he studied economics. After college he worked for several radio stations in Iowa before moving to...

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Clare Boothe Luce: “Is the New Morality Destroying America?”

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pp. 55-72

In the pantheon of figures associated with the American conservative movement, perhaps none has lived a more eclectic life than playwright, journalist, congresswoman, and ambassador Clare Boothe Luce. Born on April 10, 1903, in New York...

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Ronald Reagan: “The First Inaugural”

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pp. 73-80

When Ronald Reagan went to the podium on the western steps of the U.S. Capitol Building to deliver his first inaugural address, it was a cold January in Washington, DC. It was also a time of considerable concern about America’s economic future and...

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Ronald Reagan: “Evil Empire”

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pp. 81-93

Ronald Reagan took the oath of office for the presidency in January 1981, a time many would consider the high-water mark of the Cold War. Soviet forces had invaded Afghanistan, prompting Reagan’s predecessor, Jimmy Carter, to boycott grain...

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Phyllis Schlafly: “Child Abuse in the Classroom”

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pp. 94-104

Modern feminism’s history cannot be retold without serious consideration of its most fearless nemesis—Phyllis Schlafly. Named one of the one hundred most important women of the twentieth century by the...

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Barbara Bush: “The Controversy Ends Here”

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pp. 105-110

The mother of the 43rd president, the wife of the 41st, and the great-great grand-grand niece of the 14th, Barbara Pierce Bush, it seems, was born to be at the center of American presidential power. Yet growing up in Rye, New York, Bush’s...

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Newt Gingrich: “The Contract with America”

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pp. 111-127

Newt Gingrich was born in 1943 to a military family. He spent much of his youth attending schools at various military installations around the world. After graduating from Emory University he went on to obtain his MA and PhD in history from...

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George W. Bush: “Our Mission and Our Moment”

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pp. 128-138

George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, just blocks from Yale University where he would later attend college. But it was the culture and spirit of Midland, Texas, the place where Bush grew up, that would define...

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Charles Krauthammer: “A Unipolar World”

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pp. 139-159

Charles Krauthammer was born in New York City and raised in Montreal. He attended McGill University, where he majored in political science and economics before studying at Oxford University where he was the Commonwealth Scholar in Politics. In...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 161-162

As we set out to gather, authenticate, and reproduce the landmark speeches included in this volume, several individuals and institutions provided us with meaningful support. Chief among these was the editor of the Texas A&M University Press...

Index

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pp. 193-169