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Author Olmsted, Kathryn S, author.

Title Right out of California : the 1930s and the big business roots of modern conservatism / Kathryn S. Olmsted.

Publication Info. New York : The New Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    320.5209 OLM    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    320.52 OLM    Available
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Description 323 pages ; 25 cm
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Summary "In a major reassessment of modern conservatism, noted historian Kathryn S. Olmsted reexamines the explosive labor disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California, the events that inspired a generation of artists and writers and that triggered the intervention of FDR's New Deal. Right Out of California tells how this brief moment of upheaval terrified business leaders into rethinking their relationship to American politics--a narrative that pits a ruthless generation of growers against a passionate cast of reformers, writers, and revolutionaries. In the 1930s, California's businessmen learned the language of populism with the help of allies in the media and entertainment industries. In the process they created a new style of politics: corporate funding of grassroots groups, military-style intelligence gathering against political enemies, professional campaign consultants, and alliances between religious and economic conservatives. These business leaders battled for the hearts and minds of Depression-era California and would go on to create the organizations that launched the careers of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan."--Dust jacket.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-299) and index.
Contents Revolution and Reaction -- The Great Strike -- A New Deal -- Bohemians -- Imperial -- Crooks or Tools -- Seeing Red -- Campaigns Inc. -- Making History -- Harvest.
Subject California -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
California -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Conservatism -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Labor disputes -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Agricultural industries -- Political activity -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Businessmen -- Political activity -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Business and politics -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Social change -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Depressions -- 1929 -- California.
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- California.
ISBN 9781620970966 hardcover alkaline paper
1620970961 hardcover alkaline paper

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