Political Theory

“The Conscience of a Conservative” and the 1964 Election


This conference revisited the issues raised by Barry Goldwater's best-seller The Conscience of a Conservative and his 1964 campaign for the presidency, as well as liberals’ response to his claims.


Conference Readings

Critchlow, Donald T. and Nancy MacLean, eds. Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.

Goldwater, Barry. “Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco, July 16, 1964.” The American Presidency Project. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/216657 (October 21, 2017).

Goldwater, Barry. The Conscience of a Conservative. Edited by C. C. Goldwater. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007 [1960].

Jaffa, Harry V., “The Case for a Stronger National Government” In A Nation of States: Essays on the American Federal System, edited by Robert A. Goldwin, 106-125. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1961.

Johnson, Lyndon B. “Remarks Before the National Convention Upon Accepting the Nomination, August 27, 1964.” The American Presidency Project. http://www/presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/print.php?pid=26467 (January 2, 2018).

Johnson, Lyndon Baines. “President Johnson’s Special Message to the Congress: The American Promise, March 15, 1965.” www.lbjlibrary.org. http://www.lbjlibrary.org/lyndon-baines-johnson/speeches-films/president-johnsons-special-message-to-the-congress-the-american-promise (October 21, 2017).

Malik, Charles, “The Challenge to Western Civilization” In The Conservative Papers, edited by Melvin R. Laird, 1-17. Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, 1964.

McCarthy, Eugene J. A Liberal Answer to the Conservative Challenge. New York: Macfadden Books, 1964.

McCulloch, William M., “Man Was Born to be Free: Toward Fulfillment of the Dream” In Republican Papers, edited by Melvin R. Laird, 227-244. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1968.

Millis, Walter, “A Liberal Military-Defense Policy” In The Liberal Papers, edited by James Roosevelt, 97-119. Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, 1962.

Perlstein, Rick. Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. New York: Hill and Wang, 2001.

Reagan, Ronald. “A Time for Choosing, October 27, 1964.” AmericanRhetoric.com. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/ronaldreaganatimeforchoosing.htm (January 2, 2018).