Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism
This event includes a book signing
January 18, 2012
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome Harvard University's THEDA SKOCPOL and VANESSA WILLIAMSON for a discussion of their new book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.
On February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli delivered a dramatic rant against Obama administration programs to shore up the plunging housing market. Invoking the Founding Fathers and ridiculing "losers" who could not pay their mortgages, Santelli called for "Tea Party" protests. Over the next two years, conservative activists took to the streets and airways, built hundreds of local Tea Party groups, and weighed in with votes and money to help right-wing Republicans win electoral victories in 2010. In their penetrating study, Skocpol and Williamson go beyond images of protesters in Colonial costumes to provide an complex, provocative examination of the Tea Party.
"Skocpol and Williamson have produced the richest, most nuanced portrait of the Tea Party since it burst onto the political scene in early 2009. Drawing on a wealth of observational, interview, survey, and web-based research, their analysis and presentation is both sympathetic with the participatory ethic of the Tea Partiers and critical of the way they have been used by conservative advocacy groups and press outlets to breed misinformation and shift the Republican agenda sharply to the right. A must-read book for the 2012 election season." —Thomas Mann, co-author of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track
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