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Debating the Reagan Presidency
     

Debating the Reagan Presidency

by John Ehrman
 

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ISBN-10: 0742561402

ISBN-13: 2900742561402

Pub. Date: 06/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The presidency of Ronald Reagan has become a Rorschach test for politicians and citizens alike. While many conservatives see the Reagan era of the 1980s as the high-water mark for their movement and a time of national recovery from the difficulties of the 1970s, many liberals maintain that the rosy Reagan legacy is based largely on myth, and that in fact his eight

Overview

The presidency of Ronald Reagan has become a Rorschach test for politicians and citizens alike. While many conservatives see the Reagan era of the 1980s as the high-water mark for their movement and a time of national recovery from the difficulties of the 1970s, many liberals maintain that the rosy Reagan legacy is based largely on myth, and that in fact his eight years as president caused serious harm to the country. John Ehrman and Michael W. Flamm give due attention to the lasting controversies surrounding the Reagan record and provide a balanced view of the fortieth president's foreign and domestic policies. Students are encouraged to draw their own conclusions by reading key primary documents.

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ISBN-13:
2900742561402
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Series:
Debating Twentieth-Century America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Debating the Reagan Presidency: Domestic Politics and Issues John Ehrman 1

Documents

1 Excerpts from "Inaugural Address" (January 20, 1981) 81

2 Excerpts from "Economic Report of the President" (1985) 85

3 Excerpt from "Walter Mondale's Speech Accepting the Democratic Nomination" (July 19, 1984) 89

4 "Remarks Announcing the Nomination of Robert H. Bork to Be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States" (July 1, 1987) 91

5 Excerpts from "Nomination of Robert H. Bork to Be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate" (September 15, 1987) 93

6 Excerpts from "Farewell Address to the Nation" (January 11, 1989) 97

The Reagan Presidency and Foreign Policy: Controversies and Legacies Michael W. Flamm 101

Documents

1 Excerpts from "Address to Members of the British Parliament" (June 8, 1982) 183

2 Excerpts from "Address to the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals" (March 8, 1983) 187

3 Excerpts from "Address to the Nation and Other Countries on United States-Soviet Relations" (January 16, 1984) 191

4 Excerpts from Minutes, National Security Planning Group Meeting (June 25, 1984) 195

5 Excerpts from Addresses by New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, Democratic National Convention (July 16-19, 1984) 201

6 Excerpts from The Tower Commission Report (February 26, 1987) 205

7 Excerpts from "Address to the Nation on the Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy" (March 4, 1987) 211

8 Excerpts from "Remarks and Question-and-Answer Session with the Students and Faculty at Moscow State University" (May 31, 1988) 215

9 Excerptsfrom "Address by Mikhail Gorbachev at the Forty-Third U.N. General Assembly Session" (December 7, 1988) 221

Selected Readings 225

Index 229

About the Authors 237

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