Modern conservatism grew from California roots

History Professor Kathryn Olmsted publishes an article on modern conservatism in the Sacramento Bee.

With this week’s Republican presidential debates in Simi Valley, the modern conservative movement returns to its roots.

Americans associate the Golden State with liberalism, if not flakier ventures. But California gave Ronald Reagan to the nation and before him, Richard Nixon. Nixon got his initial blessing from Herbert Hoover, the first California president and America’s founding conservative, who, in opposing Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, gave us the conservative movement we know today.


Read more at The Sacramento Bee.