Join me as I talk to Robin Morris, a historian at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia about her book, Goldwater Girls to Reagan Women: Gender, Georgia, and the Growth of the New Right (University of Georgia Press, 2022). Beginning with the African American club women who established the Georgia Federation of Republican Women, Robin shows us how these Black women lost their organization and the party to an ambitious cadre of white women who, in turn brought their brand of Republican conservatism to the Sunbelt South. Along the way, this “New Right” made Southern resistance to integration, sexual censorship, and populism not just respectable, but as American as apple pie.
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