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By the end of the 1980s, many Americans looked at the state of the nation with a renewed optimism. America was the world's only superpower, Communism had been defeated, the economic misery and inflation of the late Seventies and early Eighties had given way to prosperity and vast global wealth, and a new swashbuckling patriotism had entered into the public imagination. This patriotism and optimism was personified by an enduring American president-Ronald Wilson Reagan. The essays in this volume revisit the 1980s ...
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Ronald Reagan And The 1980s

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Overview

By the end of the 1980s, many Americans looked at the state of the nation with a renewed optimism. America was the world's only superpower, Communism had been defeated, the economic misery and inflation of the late Seventies and early Eighties had given way to prosperity and vast global wealth, and a new swashbuckling patriotism had entered into the public imagination. This patriotism and optimism was personified by an enduring American president-Ronald Wilson Reagan. The essays in this volume revisit the 1980s in order to examine the factors that contributed to Ronald Reagan's political and cultural triumphs as well as assessing the political, social, and economic substance and legacy of his policies-not just for Americans but for the shape of the world order.
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“The essays in this splendid collection offer a nuanced, up-to-date understanding not only of Ronald Reagan but also of larger social, economic, and political trends of the 1980s—and of their legacies.”—James T. Patterson, author of Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230267770
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Studies of the Americas
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 564 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Contributors xi

Introduction: Reagan and the 1980s Cheryl Hudson Gareth Davies 1

Part I Perceptions

1 Ronald Reagan: Communicating the America Within Dan Rather 19

2 Only an Actor: Memories of a Reagan Biopic Godfrey Hodgson 29

3 "Just Say No": Drug Abuse Policy in the Reagan Administration Peter G. Bourne 41

4 Ronald Reagan and the End of the Cold War Jack F. Matlock, Jr. 57

Part II Politics and Policies

5 Reagan, Nuclear Weapons, and the End of the Cold War Simon Head 81

6 Reaganomics and its Legacy Iwan Morgan 101

7 African American Protest during the Reagan Years: Forging New Agendas, Defending Old Victories Stephen Tuck 119

8 Reagan's Religious Right: The Unlikely Alliance between Southern Evangelicals and a California Conservative Daniel K. Williams 135

9 Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party: Responses to Realignment Robert Mason 151

Part III Legacies

10 The Baptist and the Messiah: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher Dominic Sandbrook 175

11 Transforming the Presidency: The Administration of Ronald Reagan Joel D. Aberbach 191

12 The Road to Mount Rushmore: The Conservative Commemoration Crusade for Ronald Reagan Niels Bjerre-Poulsen 209

13 Toward a Historiography of Reagan and the 1980s: Why Have We Done Such A Lousy Job? Gil Troy 229

Epilogue: Ronald Reagan and the Historians M.J. Heale 249

Index 263

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