Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
D. L. LeMahieu
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.
Applegate, Jared Benjamin, "Secret Meetings and Suburban Operatives: A New Conservative Network and the Legacy of Goldwater’s Illinois Campaign" (2020). Senior Theses.