History Professor's Book on Modern Conservatism Published

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dr. Michael Bowen, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of history, is the author of The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party published by the University of North Carolina Press and set for release Sept. 26.

Between 1944 and 1953, a power struggle emerged between New York Gov. Thomas Dewey and Ohio U.S. Sen. Robert Taft that threatened to split the Republican Party.  Bowen reveals how this two-man battle for control of the GOP-and the Republican presidential nomination-escalated into a divide of ideology that ultimately determined the party's political identity.

In the book, Bowen reveals how this decade-long battle led to an outpouring of conservative sentiment that had been building since World War II, setting the stage for the ascendancy of Barry Goldwater and the modern conservative movement in the 1960s.

Bowen, who joined the Westminster faculty in August, earned undergraduate and master's degrees from East Tennessee State University and Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Contact Bowen at (724) 946-7152 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Michael Bowen


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The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party was mentioned in George Will's syndicated column.