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The Roots of Modern ConservatismDewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party$
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Michael Bowen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834855

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869192_bowen

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(p.201) Conclusion
The Roots of Modern Conservatism

Michael Bowen

University of North Carolina Press

This book concludes with a discussion of the generational change that brought the strong conservatives to prominence, which also occurred on the other side of the factional divide. In 1959 Sim DeLapp, leader of the 1952 pro-Eisenhower forces in North Carolina, wrote a long letter to Dewey protesting a patronage appointment that went to a Democrat. Dewey had left the governor's mansion five years earlier and returned to private life, yet he felt compelled to forward the letter to Brownell with a puzzled confession. “How shall I answer Mr. DeLapp?” Dewey asked. “I remember him, but I do not clearly remember which side of the fence he was on at what time, nor do I know whether there is anything either of us should do to help him.” His response to DeLapp is not noted in the archives, but it is clear that Dewey's role in the party hierarchy had diminished.

Keywords:   generational change, strong conservatives, Sim DeLapp, pro-Eisenhower forces, North Carolina, Dewey

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