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Ronald Reagan's election to the presidency in 1980 marked a victory for conservatism. But, 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 -- including speeches, memos, and articles from the popular press -- 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. Photographs, document headnotes, a chronology, selected bibliography, and questions for consideration provide pedagogical support.
Meg Jacobs (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is an associate professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she specializes in twentieth-century American political history. Her first book, Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (2005), won the Organization of American Historians' Ellis W. Hawley prize for the best book on political economy, politics, and institutions of the modern United States, as well as the New England History Association's Best Book Award. With William J. Novak and Julian E. Zelizer, she is also a coeditor of The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History (2003). Julian E. Zelizer (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) is professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. His book, Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975 (1998), won the Organization of American Historians' Ellis W. Hawley prize for the best book on political economy, politics, and institutions of the modern United States and the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation's D. B. Hardeman Prize for Best Publication on Congress. Zelizer is also the author of On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and Its Consequences, 1948-2000 (2004) and Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security-From World War II to the War on Terrorism (2010). With William J. Novak and Meg Jacobs, he is also a coeditor of The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History (2003).
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Mr. Conservative Comes to Washington||p. 1|
|From Movement to Governance||p. 3|
|Domestic Politics||p. 20|
|National Security||p. 41|
|Conservatism since 1988||p. 54|
|The Documents||p. 67|
|Commencement Address at Eureka College, June 7, 1957||p. 69|
|A Time for Choosing, October 27, 1964||p. 72|
|Campaign Speech at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, May 12, 1966||p. 74|
|California and the Problem of Government Growth, January 5, 1967||p. 77|
|Speech to America, March 3l, 1976||p. 79|
|Campaign Speech to College Republicans in Atlanta, June 24, 1978||p. 83|
|Speech at Neshoba County Fair, August 3, 1980||p. 86|
|Reaganomics, 1981||p. 89|
|Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981||p. 89|
|Address to the Nation on the Economy, February 5, 1981||p. 92|
|Letter to Republican Colleagues, May 29, 1981||p. 95|
|Air Traffic Controllers Strike, August 3, 1981||p. 97|
|The Education of David Stockman, December 1981||p. 99|
|Mobilizing on the Political left and Right, 1982||p. 105|
|Black Strategy, February 24, 1982||p. 105|
|Summer Alternatives, May 5, 1982||p. 108|
|Conservative Social Agenda, March 9, 1982||p. 110|
|Letter to James Baker, August 12, 1982||p. 111|
|Letter to Barry Goldwater, September 7, 1982||p. 113|
|"The Gender Gap": A Postelection Assessment, November 23, 1982||p. 114|
|Morning in America: Reagan's Reelection, 1983-1985||p. 118|
|Campaign to Save Medicare/Medicaid, 1984||p. 118|
|Radio Address to the Nation on the Presidential Campaign, October 13, 1984||p. 121|
|Remarks of the President to the Twelfth Annual Conservative Political Action Conference, March 1, 1985||p. 123|
|Domestic Culture Wars, 1986-1988||p. 126|
|Completing the Reagan Revolution, July 8, 1986||p. 126|
|Address to the Nation on the Campaign against Drug Abuse, September 14, 1986||p. 129|
|Robert Bork's America, July 1, 1987||p. 131|
|Issues Update - Taxes and the Budget, October 23, 1987||p. 133|
|"Selfishness"as a 1988 Campaign Issue, January 6, 1988||p. 135|
|1988 Legislative and Administrative Message: A Union of Individuals, January 25, 1988||p. 137|
|Reagan's Foreign Policy: Peace through Strength, 1980-1983||p. 141|
|A Strategy for Peace in the Eighties, October 19, 1980||p. 141|
|Letter to Brezhnev, September 18, 1981||p. 143|
|Minutes of National Security Council Meeting on Strategy toward Cuba and Central America, November 10, 1981||p. 146|
|A Public Affairs Program to Support the Administration's Nuclear Policy, May 5, 1982||p. 149|
|National Security Council, Directive No. 75 on U.S. Relations with the USSR, January 17, 1983||p. 152|
|"Evil Empire" Speech, March 8, 1983||p. 161|
|Address to the Nation on Defense and National Security, March 23, 1983||p. 164|
|Setbacks and Victories in Foreign Affairs, 1983-1984||p. 169|
|Letter to President Reagan, July 28, 1983||p. 169|
|CBS News/New York Times, Poll on Grenada and Lebanon Conflicts, October 28, 1983||p. 171|
|Upcoming Movie on ABC, November 17, 1983||p. 173|
|Remarks at a Ceremony Commemorating the Fortieth Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day, June 5, 1984||p. 174|
|Debate between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale, October 21, 1984||p. 176|
|International Negotiations and Covert Missions, 1985-1986||p. 178|
|Letter to Mikhail Gorbachev, March 11, 1985, and Alexander Yakovlev, Memo on Reagan, March 12, 1985||p. 178|
|Oliver North, Fallback Plan for the Nicaraguan Resistance, March 16, 1985||p. 183|
|Memo on Conversation between Reagan and Gorbachev and Meeting While Leaders Walk, November 19, 1985||p. 186|
|Covert Action Finding Regarding Iran, January 17, 1986||p. 191|
|Address to the Nation on the Situation in Nicaragua, March 16, 1986||p. 194|
|National Security Scandal and Success, 1986-1988||p. 197|
|Oval Office Meeting on Iran-Contra, November 10, 1986||p. 197|
|Address to the Nation on the Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy, March 4, 1987||p. 199|
|Remarks on East-West Relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, June 12, 1987||p. 201|
|Address to the Nation on the Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy and Administration Goals, August 12, 1987||p. 203|
|Iran-Contra Congressional Reports, November 16, 1987||p. 205|
|Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, Introduction to Iran-Contra Minority Report, 1987||p. 207|
|Meeting of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, December 8, 1987||p. 212|
|Remarks at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, December 16, 1988||p. 215|
|Legacies, 1988-2009||p. 218|
|Acceptance Speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, August 18, 1988||p. 218|
|"New World Order" Speech, September 11, 1990||p. 220|
|Republican Party Leaders, Contract with America, 1994||p. 222|
|Statement on Signing the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of1996, August 22, 1996||p. 225|
|Acceptance Speech at the 2000 Republican National Convention, August 3,2000||p. 228|
|Address on the U.S. Response to the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, September 20, 2001||p. 230|
|Eulogy at the National Funeral Service for Ronald Reagan, June 11,2004||p. 232|
|Right-Wingers Turn against Bush, February 9,2006||p. 233|
|A Political Odyssey, August 2,2009||p. 235|
|A Chronology of Ronald Reagan and Conservatism (1911-2004)||p. 237|
|Questions for Consideration||p. 241|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 242|
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