The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 93, July 1989 - April, 1990

Book Reviews

nett's examination of this post-World War II Red Scare and the role
played by Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, though offering nothing new,
nevertheless provides a sound overview.
The concluding chapter is a timely focus on the rise of the New
Right. Bennett believes that the movement closely associated with the
spectacular electoral successes of Ronald Reagan represents a major
departure in the history of such movements in America. Neither na-
tivism nor witch-hunt-style anticommunism, though present to some
degree, define the Reagan Right. To the followers of the Reagan move-
ment the new enemy is not foreign-it is ourselves: our obsession with
sexual deviance and drugs, our destruction of the family, our catering
to the unworthy and lazy poor, our coddling of criminals. Moral con-
cerns have led to the growth of the religious Right, while economic
greed has spurred the political "hard" Right. Bennett wisely refrains
from predicting the future course of these somewhat contradictory
strains of the current version of the "party of fear," but he does believe
that right-wing political extremism will remain a potent force in Ameri-
can life. In the future, however, Bennett predicts that important right-
wing movements will find their energizing themes in very different
"threats" to the American way than had their predecessors on the old
antialien Right.
University of Texas at Austin DON E. CARLETON
The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City. By Jim
Schutze. (Seacacus, N.J.: Citadel Press, 1986. Pp. 199. Index.
$14.95.)
Much controversy surrounded the publication of Dallas Times Herald
columnist Jim Schutze's book on race relations in Dallas, Texas. A
Dallas publishing company refused to publish the book because of its
indictment of Dallas's business community for its oligarchical control of
city politics and its paternalistic response to the needs of the city's black
residents. After much pre-publication publicity about the book's con-
tents, a New Jersey publisher brought Schutze's charges to print.
The book lives up to the publicity. Schutze traces the history of race
relations in Dallas from Reconstruction to the present to prove his the-
sis that an oligarchy of white businessmen in the Dallas Citizens Council
and other business-oriented, civic organizations not only controlled the
city's politics, but also managed to diffuse the emerging black dissent
that other cities confronted in the 196os. Indeed, the title of the book
sets the tone for Schutze's explanation of how the black leadership in
Dallas "accommodated" to the white oligarchy's moderate plan of inte-

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