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Lectures in History: 1970s Republican Revival

Phyllis Schlafly & ERA opponents at the White House (1977)

Phyllis Schlafly & ERA opponents at the White House (1977)

Tempe, Arizona
Saturday, November 16, 2013

Arizona State University professor Donald Critchlow discusses the Republican revival in the 1970s. After Richard Nixon’s resignation and Gerald Ford’s loss to Democrat Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential election, the GOP brand was weakened to the point where some political observers wondered if the party would survive. But by the end of the decade – spurred on by Phyllis Schlafly and her grassroots efforts -- a new coalition made up of fiscal conservatives, traditional stay-at-home mothers and politically minded evangelical Christians revived Republican fortunes and helped elect Ronald Reagan.

Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 10:48am (ET)

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