According to Carter, how did the politics and rhetoric of George Wallace influence later conservative leaders such as Ronal Reagan, George Bush, and Newt Gingrich?

According to Carter, how did the politics and rhetoric of George Wallace influence later conservative leaders such as Ronal Reagan, George Bush, and Newt Gingrich?

According to Carter, how did the politics and rhetoric of George Wallace influence later conservative leaders such as Ronal Reagan, George Bush, and Newt Gingrich?

DAN CARTER RESPONSE PAPER
NOTE:  Essays MUST interact directly with the text.  You will be expected to use citations to support your arguments throughout your essay.  If you have any questions regarding how to structure your essay please ask privately.  Ultimately, this should not read as a summary or book report, but as a response to the material.  You are NOT require d to address all/any of the questions below.  They are meant to be a guide to those unsure about what to write or where to start.

GOAL #1:  Craft a unique thesis of your own that is clearly and persuasively argued from start to finish.

GOAL #2:  Support your thesis with direct citations from the Carter text.  You are also welcomed—but not required—to use citations from other class readings, primary documents, etc.

According to Carter, how did the politics and rhetoric of George Wallace influence later conservative leaders such as Ronal Reagan, George Bush, and Newt Gingrich?

How did Wallace and others after him soft-pedal or disguise race-baiting?

How does Carter define “racial conservatism”? Why might racial conservatism appeal to voters in the modern era?  Who, specifically, finds racial conservatism appealing?

How have conservatives (after Wallace) used race as a wedge issue to gain political support?

When speaking about the Civil Rights Movement, Carter states that, “the movement’s counterrevolutionary forces are equally important.” What does he mean by this? Explain the subsequent reaction to the Civil Rights Movement and how it affected national politics and popular beliefs.

How did Wallace use television and imagery to his political advantage? How did others do the same? Be specific in your response.

Who made up the “swing voters” or “silent majority” conservatives courted? How did they court these voters? Which issues proved valuable?

Why might these voters have felt disaffected or alienated from the Democratic Party?

According to Carter, why were political strategies such as Ronald Reagan’s attacks on “welfare queens” and George Bush’s infamous Willie Horton commercial successful?

How does Carter define “battleground politics” and why does he find this new trend problematic? Do we still see these tactics and are they still a problem in today’s political landscape?

You must address the role of race in the postwar success of conservatives, and later “New Democrats”.  How have politicians used race? Has this changed over the years? If so, how?  Also, I expect you to take a position (for or against) regarding Carter’s main thesis, grounding your argument with examples from class, readings, etc.

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