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Conservative Bias: How Jesse Helms Pioneered the Rise of Right-Wing Media and Realigned the Republican Party

Bryan Hardin Thrift


This book investigates Jesse Helms’s pivotal role in advancing the conservative movement of the 1950s and 1960s, first as editor of the Tarheel Banker and then as vice president of WRAL television. Before his 1972 election to the Senate, Helms was a significant figure in U.S. political history for two reasons. First, he forged a new form of southern conservatism that made it possible for movement conservatives, grounded in the South and the Republican Party, to win power. He rooted conservatism in private enterprise as the vanguard of a modern, progressive society—one that could simultaneously ... More

Keywords: conservative movement, Republican Party, free enterprise, liberal media, the 1960s, television, Federal Communication Commission, Fairness Doctrine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813049311
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryan Hardin Thrift, author