The New Right in Context

20th Century events that may have impacted conservatism in the United States.

Law

Wagner Act

7/5/1935

WWII Draft Act Signed

9/16/1940

11 million men drafted.

Taft-Hartley Act

6/23/1947

Brown v. Board of Education (Final)

5/17/1954

Roe v. Wade

1/22/1973

Culture

Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated

4/4/1968

Politics

Elections, Campaigns, Sundry Machinations

Nixon runs on Cold War expertise

1960

Kennedy defeats Nixon

11/8/1960

Kennedy assassinated

11/22/1963

"Daisy" Ad by Johnson Campaign

1964

Johnson's ad depicts a little girl counting daisy petals in a field, then shows a nuclear explosion and mushroom cloud in the background. The ad implies that little American children will become victims of nuclear war under Goldwater, and so urges voters to vote for Johnson.

Johnson defeats Goldwater

11/3/1964

Reagan defeats Carter

11/4/1980

Economy

Great Depression

9/4/1929 - 1943

Stock Market Crash

10/29/1929

The Stock Market Crash began the Great Depression. Credibility crisis for the American Dream? (Joseph Crespino, Introduction to Strom Thurmond's America, p. 9)

Military

Pearl Harbor

12/7/1941

Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor. The United States entered WWII.

U.S. in WWII

12/8/1941 - 9/2/1945

Yalta Conference

2/4/1945 - 2/11/1945

Cold War begins.

Cold War

2/4/1945 - 12/26/1991

Hiroshima bombed

8/6/1945

Soviet Atomic Bomb Test

8/29/1949

Korean War

6/25/1950 - 7/27/1953

Stalin Dies

3/5/1953

Stalin's death marks a change in Soviet Cold War policy under Khrushchev (Odd Arne Westad, The Global Cold War).

Vietnam War

11/1/1955 - 4/30/1975