Barry Goldwater

Goldwater, Barry Morris

Barry Morris Goldwater, 1909–98, U.S. senator (1953–65, 1969–87), b. Phoenix, Ariz. He studied at the Univ. of Arizona, but left in 1929 to enter his family's department-store business. After noncombat service in World War II, he won election to the Phoenix city council. In the U.S. Senate, Goldwater advocated state right-to-work laws, a reduction of public ownership of utilities, and decreases in welfare and foreign aid appropriations. He attacked subversive activities and opposed the senatorial censure of Joseph R. McCarthy. Goldwater became the acknowledged leader of the extreme conservative wing of the Republican party. In 1964, as the Republican presidential nominee, he was decisively defeated by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Nonetheless, many believe that Goldwater initiated a conservative revolution in Republican politics and American public opinion that ultimately led to the election (1980) of President Ronald Reagan. Goldwater was again elected to the Senate in 1968, 1974, and 1980. In his later years, Goldwater, basically libertarian, often clashed with cultural conservatives. He wrote The Conscience of a Conservative (1960), Why Not Victory? (1962), The Conscience of a Majority (1970), and Goldwater (1988) with Jack Casserly. His son Barry Morris Goldwater, Jr., 1938–, b. Los Angeles, was a U.S. congressman from California (1968–83).

See biographies by L. Edwards (1995) and R. A. Goldberg (1995); studies by K. Hess (1967), J. H. Kessel (1968), and R. Perlstein (2001).

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Barry Goldwater: Selected full-text books and articles

The Conscience of a Conservative By Barry Goldwater Hillman Books, 1960
The New Right, 1960-1968: With Epilogue, 1969-1980 By Jonathan Martin Kolkey University Press of America, 1983
Librarian's tip: Chap. Eight "Barry Goldwater and the New Right"
To Defeat a Maverick: The Goldwater Candidacy Revisited, 1963-1964 By Matthews, Jeffrey J Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 4, Fall 1997
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Rumbles Left and Right: A Book about Troublesome People and Ideas By William F. Buckley Jr G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1963
Librarian's tip: "Barry Goldwater and the Thunder on the Right" begins on p. 31
Notable Speeches in Contemporary Presidential Campaigns By Robert V. Friedenberg Praeger, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. Two "1964-Barry Goldwater"
Packaging the Presidency: A History and Criticism of Presidential Campaign Advertising By Kathleen Hall Jamieson Oxford University Press, 1996 (3rd edition)
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "1964: Goldwater vs. Goldwater"
Presidential Campaigns By Paul F. Boller Jr Oxford University Press, 1996 (Revised edition)
Librarian's tip: Chap. Forty-Five "1964, Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society"
Presidential Election; a Simulation with Readings By Marvin G. Weinbaum; Louis H. Gold Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969
Turning Right in the Sixties: The Conservative Capture of the GOP By Mary C. Brennan University of North Carolina Press, 1995
Librarian's tip: Includes discussion of Barry Goldwater in multiple chapters
Extremely Motivated: The Republican Party's March to the Right By Schecter, Cliff Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 4, April 2002
A Time for Choosing: The Rise of Modern American Conservatism By Jonathan M. Schoenwald Oxford University Press, 2001
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Creating Conflagration Barry Goldwater and the Republican Party"
America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s By Maurice Isserman; Michael Kazin Oxford University Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: Chap. 11 "The Conservative Revival"
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