Tim Galsworthy is a History PhD candidate at the University of Sussex. He is funded by the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Tim's research focuses on American Civil War memory and the Republican Party in the civil rights era. Tim's first journal article – "Carpetbaggers, Confederates, and Richard Nixon: The 1960 presidential election, historical memory, and the Republican Southern Strategy" – is out now with Presidential Studies Quarterly. He is currently a member of the Southern Historical Association Graduate Council.

Book Review: The Republican Party and the War on Poverty: 1964-1981 by Mark McLay

In The Republican Party and the War on Poverty, Mark McLay analyses how the Grand Old Party (GOP) responded to Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, and the issue of poverty more broadly, between 1964 and 1981. He considers what Republican opposition to anti-poverty measures reveals about the GOP and wider US politics during this period. In chronological chapters, McLay examines continuity and change in Republican approaches to poverty. He shows persuasively how Republican reactions to the War on Poverty shaped the GOP’s enduring conservative, anti-statist, and racialised responses to poverty, alongside how anti-poverty measures were understood by the wider public, for years and decades to come. Continue reading

Tim Galsworthy on the 2021 BAAS Peter Parish Award

In March 2021, I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a Postgraduate Research Assistance Award from BAAS. Receiving this award, especially one named after the great Peter Parish, was humbling. This award was also invaluable for my doctoral project. After initially considering the possibility of a visit to… Continue reading