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... I don't really have any good ideas about how to show Goldwater's legacy.

Go back before Goldwater. In 1960, Nixon was nominee (Rockefeller Republican). In 1956 and 1952, it was Ike, who was surrounded and IMO basically controlled by Rockefeller people (Prescott Bush, Nixon, and the Dulles brothers). I think Ike was a good man, but a bad (naive) politician.

So, you could go back several elections before 1964 and show how the people on the other side of Goldwater were controlling the party. Then, you could use Ronald Reagan's 1964 speech "A Time for Choosing" that he delivered on behalf of Goldwater.

That links Goldwater to Reagan, and the "Reagan Revolution." Reagan was the key figure because everybody in the GOP tries to run on his coattails, even the big government establishment types.

Then, you could show that Reagan endorsed Ron Paul, who was one of the sparks of the Tea Party, who put the small government Republicans into Congress in the 2010 election, which gives the GOP some control.

That might not be a great paper, but it could help show that Goldwater's nomination "woke up" and "energized" the conservative base against the establishment GOP. Also, the Libertarian Party arose out of the GOP when Nixon imposed wage and price controls. That's another tangent.

You might even show that Rand Paul is "leader" of the "Tea Party" (not exactly true, but close enough for high school paper) and it is Goldwater's legacy we are seeing played out today when Boehner, Rove, and other establishment GOP are fighting for control of the GOP against Rand/Tea Party.

Anyway, good luck and have fun with it!