Senator Barry Goldwater is one of the towering figures in the history of modern conservatism and twentieth-century U.S. history. In the last five years, Arizona Historical Foundation has opened the 100s of boxes of Goldwater’s political and personal papers during processing and cataloging. In addition, recent inquiries into the history and contours of the modern Right make Goldwater's 100th birthday the ideal moment for a broad interrogation of the Arizonan's life, political career, and impact on 20th century American history.
This conference does not seek to memorialize Goldwater per se or to focus on his 1964 run for president. Instead, scholars will place him among the groups, political movements, legislative reform initiatives, and everyday Americans whom he inspired and, in turn, motivated him and shaped his political career and private life. Thus, scholars will speak to the larger narrative of 20th century history through him.
Speakers include: Joseph Crespino, Andrew Needham, Bill Link, Michael Bowen, Brian Allen Drake, Laura Gifford, Drew Meyer, Niki Hemer, Micaela Larkin, Jason LaBau, Elizabeth Shermer, Michelle Nickerson.
Department of History
Claremont McKenna College
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