Class Year

2020

Date

4-27-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

History

First Advisor

Rudi Batzell

Second Advisor

D. L. LeMahieu

Third Advisor

Chad McCracken

Fourth Advisor

Brian McCammack

Abstract

This thesis uses primary sources pertaining to the 1964 Presidential Campaign in Illinois to demonstrate the importance of experienced political operatives and suburban professionals in Barry Goldwater’s successful primary campaign. In order to argue this viewpoint, this thesis first explores the creation of the Draft Goldwater movement. Following that, the major supporters of the Goldwater Campaign in Illinois are profiled and compared to previous unsuccessful conservative campaigns. The legacy of these suburban operatives is then chronicled in multiple tiers of government in the decades following the 1964 campaign to illustrate the long-term impact of their ideals.

Language

English


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