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Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right

Michelle M. Nickerson


This book tells the story of 1950s Southern Californian housewives who shaped the grassroots right in the two decades following World War II. The book describes how red-hunting homemakers mobilized activist networks, institutions, and political consciousness in local education battles, and it introduces a generation of women who developed political styles and practices around their domestic routines. From the conservative movement's origins in the early fifties through the presidential election of 1964, the book documents how women shaped conservatism from the bottom up, out of the fabric of t ... More

Keywords: activist networks, political consciousness, local education, women, domestic routine, conservatism, housewives, 1950s, Southern California

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691121840
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691121840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle M. Nickerson, author
University of Texas at Dallas