Jean Hardisty


Conservative Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers
With a Foreword by Wilma Mankiller

In this provocative book, Jean Hardisty chronicles the recent history of the right, a history Hardisty has often viewed firsthand. She details the formation of right-wing movements in opposition to the struggle for expansion of rights for women, people of color, and lesbians and gays. Interspersed throughout her analysis are her own experiences spanning three decades as both an activist and observer. We see her in a stadium filled with Promise Keepers, watching thousands of men pledge in unison to take control of their families, with a mixture of awe, fear, and a lucid understanding of what draws people to such charismatic events. Hardisty argues that we engage the right without understanding its history, paradoxes, and ubiquity at our peril.

Jean Hardisty is founder and former executive director of Political Research Associates. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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