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Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274228

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274228.001.0001

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The Rise of the Tea Party

The Rise of the Tea Party

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(p.1) Introduction The Rise of the Tea Party
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Christine Trost

Lawrence Rosenthal

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins by discussing the emergence of the Tea Party movement in the wake of Barack Obama's inauguration as president in 2009. It then sets out the book's purpose, which is to gain an informed and profound understanding of the Tea Party. The book asks: What kind of movement is the Tea Party? Is it unique? Or have we seen its like before? Is the Tea Party simply an iteration of a surge of radicalism on the right when a Democrat is in the White House in an age habituated to conservative power? Or does the movement draw upon older traditions and strains in American history and society? Is the Tea Party a populist movement? This chapter also presents an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Tea Party movement, conservatism, political right, populist movements, conservatives

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