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Conservative Bias: How Jesse Helms Pioneered the Rise of Right-Wing Media and Realigned the Republican Party (Sunbelt Studies)
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“Conservative Bias examines one of the most notorious figures of modern American politics: Jesse Helms. Thrift shows that Helms was not merely a right-wing demagogue but rather a brilliant media mastermind who built a national movement from a little television soundstage in Raleigh.”?Neil J. Young, Princeton University “In this careful, thoughtful, and thoroughly researched study, Bryan Hardin Thrift provides the first comprehensive study of Jesse Helms’s long career as a conservative journalist and television ideologue prior to his long tenure as a U.S. senator from North Carolina.”—William A. Link, author of Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism “Traces a little-known, but pivotal, phase of Helms’s pre-senatorial career and explains how the future New Right leader used the power of local television broadcasts in the 1960s to forge a new ideology that moved the nation to the right.”—Daniel K. Williams, author of God’s Own Party Before Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck, there was Jesse Helms. From in front of a camera at WRAL-TV, Helms forged a new brand of southern conservatism long before he was a senator from North Carolina. As executive vice president of the station, Helms delivered commentaries on the evening news and directed the news and entertainment programming. He pioneered the attack on the liberal media, and his editorials were some of the first shots fired in the culture wars, criticizing the influence of “immoral entertainment.” Through the emerging power of the household television Helms established a blueprint and laid the foundation for the modern conservative movement.           Bryan Thrift mines over 2,700 WRAL-TV “Viewpoint” editorials broadcast between 1960 and 1972 to offer not only a portrait of a skilled rhetorician and wordsmith but also a lens on the way the various, and at times competing, elements of modern American conservatism cohered into an ideology couched in the language of anti-elitism and “traditional values.” Decades prior to the invention of the blog, Helms corresponded with his viewers to select, refine, and sharpen his political message until he had reworked southern traditionalism into a national conservative movement. The realignment of southern Democrats into the Republican Party was not easy or inevitable, and by examining Helms’s oft-forgotten journalism career, Thrift shows how delicately and deliberately this transition had to be cultivated. 
 
Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. - Signature 02/15/1890
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HENRY CABOT LODGE SR. Massachusetts senator sings his name, date, and location in black ink Signature: "Henry Cabot Lodge" in black ink. 4x2½. February 15, 1890. Washington, D.C. Lodge (1850-1924, born in Boston, Massachusetts) represented Massachusetts in the US House (1887-1893) and Senate (1893-1924). He was a vocal proponent of American involvement in World War I following the sinking of the Lusitania and, as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led the fight against US membership in the League of Nations. Lodge, a Republican, was not an isolationist like some League opponents. Instead, he argued that the US must be free to pursue its own interests without needing the consent of an international organization. (An additional motive was his ardent dislike of President Wilson) A scholar as well as a politician, Lodge was Harvard's first PhD in history. His grandson, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902-1985), was a US Senator, Ambassador to the United Nations and to South Vietnam and the Republican Vice Presidential nominee in 1960. Toned. Slightly stained. Fine condition. - Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 320317
 
Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. - Signature
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HENRY CABOT LODGE Henry Cabot Lodge signs a piece of paper in black ink. Signature: "Henry Cabot Lodge/Massachusetts", 4½x3½ attached to 7¾x5½ piece of paper. Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924) represented Massachusetts in the US House (1887-1893) and Senate (1893-1924). As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Republican Lodge led the fight against US membership in the League of Nations. Lodge was not an isolationist like some League opponents. Instead, he argued that the US must be free to pursue its own interests without needing the consent of an international organization. (An additional motive was his ardent dislike of President Wilson.) A scholar as well as a politician, Lodge was Harvard's first PhD in history. His grandson, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902-1985), was a US Senator, Ambassador to the United Nations and to South Vietnam, and the Republican Vice Presidential nominee in 1960. Signature page lightly soiled. Fine condition. - Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 56722
 
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