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The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party

Michael Bowen


Between 1944 and 1953, a power struggle emerged between New York governor Thomas Dewey and U.S. senator Robert Taft of Ohio that threatened to split the Republican Party. This book reveals how this two-man battle for control of the GOP—and the Republican presidential nomination—escalated into a divide of ideology that ultimately determined the party's political identity. Initially, the author argues, the separate Dewey and Taft factions endorsed fairly traditional Republican policies. However, as their conflict deepened, the normally mundane issues of political factions, such as patronage and ... More

Keywords: power struggle, New York governor, Thomas Dewey, Robert Taft, Republican Party, political identity, presidential nomination, patronage, Republicanism, Dwight Eisenhower

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834855
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869192_bowen


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Bowen, author