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Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989

A Brief History with Documents

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Bedford

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The Bedford Series in History and Culture

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17 September 2010

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Ronald Reagan's election to the presidency in 1980 marked a victory for conservatism. However, as Meg Jacobs and Julian Zelizer point out in their introduction, once in power, conservatives discovered that implementing their...

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Ronald Reagan's election to the presidency in 1980 marked a victory for conservatism. However, as Meg Jacobs and Julian Zelizer point out in their introduction, once in power, conservatives discovered that implementing their agenda and reversing the liberalism entrenched in American government would not be as easy as they had hoped.

In this collection, Jacobs and Zelizer explore the successes and limitations of the so-called Reagan Revolution and chronicle its legacy through subsequent presidencies up to Barack Obama's election in 2008. More than 60 thematically organized documents -- some recently released -- illuminate conservatives' efforts to shift American politics to the right.

These materials explore Reagan's personal evolution as a conservative leader, as well as Reaganomics, tax cuts, anticommunism, the arms race, the culture wars, and scandals such as Iran Contra. 

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  • Includes a variety of documents including, memos, and articles from the popular press

  • Photographs, document headnotes, a chronology, selected bibliography, and questions for consideration provide pedagogical support

  • Provides a synthesis of evidence and voices which gives students a rich introduction to the history of this period and develops historiographical skills

  • Written by an expert in the field?

PART I: INTRODUCTION: MR. CONSERVATIVE COMES TO WASHINGTON
PART II: THE DOCUMENTS
Origins, 1957-1980
Reaganomics, 1981
Domestic Culture Wars, 1986-1988
Reagan's Foreign Policy: Peace through Strength, 1980-1983
Setbacks and Victories in Foreign Affairs, 1983-1984
International Negotiations and Covert Missions, 1985-1986
National Security Scandal and Success, 1986-1988
Legacies, 1988-2009.
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MEG JACOBS is an Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, where she specializes in twentieth-century American Political History.

JULIAN E. ZELIZER is Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, USA.

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MEG JACOBS is an Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, where she specializes in twentieth-century American Political History.

JULIAN E. ZELIZER is Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, USA.

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