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  • Preface
  • David B. Frisk

More than half a century after his presidential campaign and two decades after his death, Barry Goldwater remains a legend in American politics. He is an enduring example of that special figure on our public stage, the “conviction politician,” who aims to change the political environment rather than just reflect it—running mostly to voice certain principles and only secondarily to win. His legacy as a touchstone of ideological or principle-driven politics is due especially to Senator Goldwater’s 1964 run against a president who not only was more popular but represented more popular views than his own, a campaign that challenged both Lyndon Johnson and a supposed national consensus. What was that challenge like, and what was Goldwater like? How did he address the great issues of his time? What are the most important features of his remarkable career? What might be learned from it? With the relentless passage of time, more and more Americans are unlikely to remember much about Goldwater, while others remember him incompletely. The essays in this special issue of the Journal of Arizona History aim to reacquaint general readers with him while offering new insights to scholars. [End Page 1]



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