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The Other Side of the Sixties: Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of Conservative Politics (Perspectives on the Sixties series) Paperback – June 1, 1997


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  • Series: Perspectives on the Sixties series
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813524016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813524016
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meticulously researched, with often repetitive detail, this monograph analyzes the rise and development during the 1960s of the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), a group of politically active college-age students that claimed to represent politically conservative ideas ("the New Right") just as the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) attempted to promote politically liberal ideas ("the New Left"). Andrew (history, Franklin & Marshall Coll.) sets his study in a narrow context, focusing on the factionalism between adherents of antistatist libertarianism and statist anticommunism. He also shows how this intraorganization struggle affected the group's reaction to JFK, LBJ, and the activities of the New Left on the one hand and the movement to elect Barry Goldwater and defeat the Eisenhower-Rockefeller moderate wing of the Republican Party on the other. Although Andrew uncovers a great deal of new information on the subculture of the New Right and how the movement's political opponents reacted to it, he ignores the larger picture. JFK's assassination and LBJ's campaign against Goldwater are only alluded to, and the social ferment of the decade emerges only as a backdrop to what was taking place within the YAF. For academic collections.?Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego
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The Other Side of the Sixties: Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of Conservative Politics is a particularly interesting act of historical recovery. Not only does Andrew, a liberal historian at Franklin & Marshall College, document just what young conservatives were up to in the '60s (activity largely ignored by previous historians), his identification of YAF as one of the era's three major student groups (along with Students for a Democratic Society and the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee) suggests a reading of the decade that provocatively complicates conservative castigations of student "radicals." -- Reason, Nick Gillespie

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lking@math.washington.edu (Lawrence King) on March 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In this volume, Dr. John Andrew of Franklin & Marshall College provides an in-depth, scholarly look at the conservative and right-wing youth movements of the early 1960's. While innumerable volumes have been dedicated to the left-wing movements of 1964-1973, the legacy of such conservative groups as Young Americans for Freedom has often been neglected by historians of the "Sixties".
Yet Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) began organizing campus youth sympathetic to its "Sharon Statement" in 1960, two years before Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) wrote its "Port Huron Statement" as a left-wing counter to YAF. Indeed, YAF twice filled Madison Square Gardens in the early 1960's, and conservative youth formed a key element of Barry Goldwater's support in his 1964 nomination by the Republican Party.
But there is more to YAF's history then their public activism, and Andrew has carefully researched his subject. The Kennedy Administration's "Ideological Organizations Project" directed the IRS to target right-wing groups unfriendly to his policies, and YAF did not escape their scrutiny. Moreover, both moderate Republicans (such as Nixon and Eisenhower) and liberal Republicans (such as Rockefeller and Scranton) viewed the rise of a conservative youth movement -- dedicated to "abolition, not reform, of the welfare state" and "victory over, rather than coexistence with, communism" with alarm. When the Republican Party in 1964 rejected twenty-four years of moderation and nominated Senator Barry Goldwater, an ideological conservative, their worst fears were realized.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wayne thorburn on December 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
John Andrew provides a much-needed history of the early 1960s and the development of Young Americans for Freedom as a political force. What most historians forget (and Andrew's title confuses)is that there were two distinct aspects to that decade - perhaps generally described as pre and post Vietnam buildup.
Having graduated from college in 1965 and then attended grad school for the rest of the decade - it was clear these were two different worlds. The beanie I wore as a freshman in 1961 was alien to the college students of the late 60s. Andrew's book is about that early 1960s, culminating with the Goldwater campaign of 1964, the focal point of all early YAF efforts.
Like many historians, Andrew is engrossed in minute details (his Chapter 5 on internal YAF politics will put even former YAF members to sleep), providing a valuable reference source for future research. He accurately reflects much of the mood and enthusiasm of the period, a time when "the bright young men who want to go back to 1910" believed they were the cadre of a movement to turn America around.Little did we know what would await us in the late 1960s - or, for that matter, in 1980 as the triumph of Ronald Reagan brought the potentiality of conservatism into the White House.
Basically, Andrew's work stops with the aftermath of the Goldwater defeat and fails to carry forth the impact of YAF as an organization and as a molder of future leaders into the present day. Hopefully, there are libraries out there across this vast land that are buying Andrew's book to place it as the lone counter to their shelf of works on the 60s by the Haydens, Gitlins, Flacks, and other leftist activists of the time.
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