Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism

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"Olmsted finds in Depression-era California the crucible for strong-arm policies against farm workers that bolstered the conservative movement" (Kirkus Reviews).

At a time when a resurgent immigrant labor movement is making urgent demands on twenty-first-century America--and when a new and virulent strain of right-wing anti-immigrant populism is roiling the political waters--Right Out of California is a fresh and profoundly relevant touchstone for anyone seeking to understand the roots of our current predicament.

This major reassessment of modern conservatism reexamines the explosive labor disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California, the cauldron that inspired a generation of artists and writers and that triggered the intervention of FDR's New Deal. Noted historian Kathryn S. Olmsted tells how this brief moment of upheaval terrified business leaders into rethinking their relationship to American politics--a narrative that pits a ruthless generation of growers against a passionate cast of reformers, writers, and revolutionaries.

"Olmstead's vivid, accomplished narrative really belongs to the historiography of the left . . . As her strong research shows, race and gender prejudice informed, or deformed, almost the whole of American social and cultural life in the 1930s and was as common on the left as on the right." --The New York Times Book Review

"An accessible work that aids in contextualizing the rise of future conservative leaders such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan." --Publishers Weekly

"A major reworking of the Republican right's origins, this is also a compelling read for anyone interested in California's outsize importance in America's recent past." --Darren Dochuk, author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt

Product Details

Price
$27.95  $25.71
Publisher
New Press
Publish Date
October 13, 2015
Pages
288
Dimensions
6.4 X 1.1 X 9.3 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781620970966

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About the Author

Kathryn Olmsted is chair of the history department at the University of California, Davis. A noted historian of anticommunism, she is the author of several books, including "Challenging the Secret Government," "Red Spy Queen," and "Real Enemies." She lives in Davis, California.

Reviews

Praise for "Real Enemies"
"Exquisitely researched and annotated...A startling read of public history."
--"Chicago Tribune"
Praise for "Challenging the Secret Government"
"Olmsted successfully confronts and refutes the heroic myths surrounding post-Watergate journalism."
--"The Nation"
"A fascinating study of how, just months after Watergate, both press and Congress quietly retreated to the same silk-gloved handling of the CIA and FBI in the name of national security."
--"Publishers Weekly"
Praise for "Red Spy Queen"
"One of the most significant works to emerge in McCarthyism studies since the collapse of communism."
--"The Wall Street Journal"
"A revealing and compassionate biography."
--"Booklist"

Praise for "Real Enemies"
Exquisitely researched and annotatedA startling read of public history.
"Chicago Tribune"
Praise for "Challenging the Secret Government"
"Olmsted successfully confronts and refutes the heroic myths surrounding post-Watergate journalism."
"The Nation"
"A fascinating study of how, just months after Watergate, both press and Congress quietly retreated to the same silk-gloved handling of the CIA and FBI in the name of national security."
"Publishers Weekly"
Praise for "Red Spy Queen"
"One of the most significant works to emerge in McCarthyism studies since the collapse of communism."
"The Wall Street Journal"
"A revealing and compassionate biography."
"Booklist"
"
"A well-focused academic study. Olmsted . . . finds in Depression-era California the crucible for strong-arm policies against farm workers that bolstered the conservative movement."
"Kirkus"
Praise for "Real Enemies"
Exquisitely researched and annotatedA startling read of public history.
"Chicago Tribune"
Praise for "Challenging the Secret Government"
"Olmsted successfully confronts and refutes the heroic myths surrounding post-Watergate journalism."
"The Nation"
"A fascinating study of how, just months after Watergate, both press and Congress quietly retreated to the same silk-gloved handling of the CIA and FBI in the name of national security."
"Publishers Weekly"
Praise for "Red Spy Queen"
"One of the most significant works to emerge in McCarthyism studies since the collapse of communism."
"The Wall Street Journal"
"A revealing and compassionate biography."
"Booklist"
"
"An accessible work that aids in contextualizing the rise of future conservative leaders such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan."
"Publishers Weekly"
"A well-focused academic study. Olmsted . . . finds in Depression-era California the crucible for strong-arm policies against farm workers that bolstered the conservative movement."
"Kirkus"
"A major reworking of the Republican right s origins, this is also a compelling read for anyone interested in California s outsize importance in America s recent past."
Darren Dochuk, author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

Praise for "Real Enemies"
Exquisitely researched and annotatedA startling read of public history.
"Chicago Tribune"
Praise for "Challenging the Secret Government"
"Olmsted successfully confronts and refutes the heroic myths surrounding post-Watergate journalism."
"The Nation"
"A fascinating study of how, just months after Watergate, both press and Congress quietly retreated to the same silk-gloved handling of the CIA and FBI in the name of national security."
"Publishers Weekly"
Praise for "Red Spy Queen"
"One of the most significant works to emerge in McCarthyism studies since the collapse of communism."
"The Wall Street Journal"
"A revealing and compassionate biography."
"Booklist"
"
Praise for "Right Out of California"
Olmstead s vivid, accomplished narrative really belongs to the historiography of the left.as her strong research shows, race and gender prejudice informed or deformed, almost the whole of American social and cultural life in the 1930 s and was as common on the left as on the right.
"The New York Times Book Review"
"An accessible work that aids in contextualizing the rise of future conservative leaders such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan."
"Publishers Weekly"
"A well-focused academic study. Olmsted . . . finds in Depression-era California the crucible for strong-arm policies against farm workers that bolstered the conservative movement."
"Kirkus"
"A major reworking of the Republican right s origins, this is also a compelling read for anyone interested in California s outsize importance in America s recent past."
Darren Dochuk, author of "From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism"
Praise for "Real Enemies"
Exquisitely researched and annotatedA startling read of public history.
"Chicago Tribune"
Praise for "Challenging the Secret Government"
"Olmsted successfully confronts and refutes the heroic myths surrounding post-Watergate journalism."
"The Nation"
"A fascinating study of how, just months after Watergate, both press and Congress quietly retreated to the same silk-gloved handling of the CIA and FBI in the name of national security."
"Publishers Weekly"
Praise for "Red Spy Queen"
"One of the most significant works to emerge in McCarthyism studies since the collapse of communism."
"The Wall Street Journal"
"A revealing and compassionate biography."
"Booklist"
"
Praise for Right Out of California
Olmstead s vivid, accomplished narrative really belongs to the historiography of the left.as her strong research shows, race and gender prejudice informed or deformed, almost the whole of American social and cultural life in the 1930 s and was as common on the left as on the right.
The New York Times Book Review
"An accessible work that aids in contextualizing the rise of future conservative leaders such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan."
Publishers Weekly
"A well-focused academic study. Olmsted . . . finds in Depression-era California the crucible for strong-arm policies against farm workers that bolstered the conservative movement."
Kirkus
"A major reworking of the Republican right s origins, this is also a compelling read for anyone interested in California s outsize importance in America s recent past."
Darren Dochuk, author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism
Praise for Real Enemies
Exquisitely researched and annotatedA startling read of public history.
Chicago Tribune
Praise for Challenging the Secret Government
"Olmsted successfully confronts and refutes the heroic myths surrounding post-Watergate journalism."
The Nation
"A fascinating study of how, just months after Watergate, both press and Congress quietly retreated to the same silk-gloved handling of the CIA and FBI in the name of national security."
Publishers Weekly
Praise for Red Spy Queen
"One of the most significant works to emerge in McCarthyism studies since the collapse of communism."
The Wall Street Journal
"A revealing and compassionate biography."
Booklist
"
Praise for Right Out of California
"Olmstead's vivid, accomplished narrative really belongs to the historiography of the left....as her strong research shows, race and gender prejudice informed or deformed, almost the whole of American social and cultural life in the 1930's and was as common on the left as on the right.
--The New York Times Book Review

"An accessible work that aids in contextualizing the rise of future conservative leaders such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan."
--Publishers Weekly

"A well-focused academic study. Olmsted . . . finds in Depression-era California the crucible for strong-arm policies against farm workers that bolstered the conservative movement."
--Kirkus

"A major reworking of the Republican right's origins, this is also a compelling read for anyone interested in California's outsize importance in America's recent past."
--Darren Dochuk, author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

Praise for Real Enemies
"Exquisitely researched and annotated...A startling read of public history."
--Chicago Tribune

Praise for Challenging the Secret Government
"Olmsted successfully confronts and refutes the heroic myths surrounding post-Watergate journalism."
--The Nation

"A fascinating study of how, just months after Watergate, both press and Congress quietly retreated to the same silk-gloved handling of the CIA and FBI in the name of national security."
--Publishers Weekly

Praise for Red Spy Queen
"One of the most significant works to emerge in McCarthyism studies since the collapse of communism."
--The Wall Street Journal

"A revealing and compassionate biography."
--Booklist