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The Republican Party and the War on Poverty: 1964-1981$
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Mark Mclay

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474475525

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475525.001.0001

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The choice and the echo: poverty politics and the 1968 campaign

The choice and the echo: poverty politics and the 1968 campaign

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(p.133) 4 The choice and the echo: poverty politics and the 1968 campaign
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The Republican Party and the War on Poverty: 1964-1981
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Mark Mclay

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475525.003.0005

This chapter focuses on Richard Nixon’s successful campaign for the presidency in 1968. It shows how Nixon tread a fine line between conservative Republicans and progressive Republicans in seeking the party’s nomination. In harmony with conservatives, Nixon promised to return ‘law and order’ to the United States, but to appease progressives, Nixon also promised to pursue ‘black capitalism’. The chapter also argues that Nixon’s opposition to the War on Poverty – which he called the ‘clearest choice’ in the 1968 campaign - has been underappreciated by historians who have analysed the Nixon, Humphrey, and Wallace contest.

Keywords:   Nixon, Humphrey, Agnew, 1968 elections, law and order, Rockefeller, Reagan, Republicans, race relations

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