The Eighties

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-02-23
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Provides an overview of the 1980s in America. The Eightiesprovides an account of the politics and foreign policy of the era and describes some of the major social, technological, and cultural changes that took place. Palermo's goal is to deepen students' understanding of the 1980s and pique their curiosity to learn more about the decade. Learning Goals Upon completing this book readers will be able to: Consider the following questions: What were the legacies of the Reagan Administration and the profound changes in domestic and foreign policy in the '80s? What technological, cultural, and economic transformations begun in the 1980s have had lasting effects? Why have many of the public policy decisions of the 1980s continued to be tried in later decades? What can we learn about the role of government, free markets, and America's place in world affairs today by looking back on the 1980s? Note:MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit:www.mysearchlab.comor you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205840116 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205840113.

Author Biography

Joseph A. Palermo is an associate professor of history at California State University, Sacramento. He received his bachelor's degrees in sociology and anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz; a master's degree in history from San Jose State University; and a master's degree and doctorate in American history from Cornell University. His expertise includes political history, presidential politics, presidential war powers, social movements of the 20th century, social movements of the 1960s, civil rights and the history of American foreign policy. He has written two books on Robert F. Kennedy: In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Columbia University Press, 2001); and Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism (Pearson Longman, 2008). Professor Palermo has also written articles for anthologies on the life of Father Daniel Berrigan in The Human Tradition in America Since 1945 (Scholarly Resources Press, 2003); and on the Watergate scandal in Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon (CQ Press, 2004).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Moment You Knowp. x
MySearchLab Connections: Sources Onlinep. xi
Introduction: The Demise of the Me Decadep. 1
America Held Hostagep. 1
Ronald Reaganp. 3
Governor Reaganp. 5
Presidential Candidatep. 7
The 1980 Campaignp. 9
Review Questionsp. 11
MySearchLab Connections Sources Onlinep. 11
The Reagan Revolutionp. 13
Assassination Attemptp. 13
Reagan and the Pressp. 14
Reagan in Powerp. 15
Deregulationp. 20
The New Economic Orthodoxyp. 22
The Environmentp. 24
Review Questionsp. 28
MySearchLab Connections Sources Onlinep. 28
Foreign Policy in Reagan's First Termp. 31
Foreign Policyp. 31
Central Americap. 34
Nuclear Freeze/Strategic Defense Initiativep. 38
Lebanonp. 42
Grenadap. 45
Review Questionsp. 46
MySearchLab Connections Sources Onlinep. 47
Rainbow Politics and Social Movementsp. 49
The Opposition in 1984p. 49
Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalitionp. 51
Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferrarop. 54
Race Relationsp. 56
The ERA, Feminism, and Backlashp. 61
Hiv/Aidsp. 66
Review Questionsp. 68
MySearchLab Connections Sources Onlinep. 69
Popular Culture and the Culture Warsp. 71
Technology and Popular Culturep. 71
The Parents Music Resource Councilp. 75
Madonna and Springsteenp. 78
Hip-Hop and Jazzp. 80
The Arts and Culture Warsp. 82
Review Questionsp. 85
MySearchLab Connections Sources Onlinep. 85
Foreign Policy at Mid-Decadep. 87
The Philippines, Haiti, and Libyap. 87
Mikhail Gorbachevp. 91
South Africap. 93
Afghanistanp. 97
Reykjavikp. 99
Review Questionsp. 100
MySearchLab Connections Sources Onlinep. 101
The Reagan Revolution in Crisisp. 103
Contra Resupplyp. 103
Arms Sales to Iranp. 105
Iran-Contra Hearingsp. 108
More Scandalsp. 113
Review Questionsp. 114
MySearchLab Connections Sources Onlinep. 115
A Bumpy Ride to a New World Orderp. 117
The Savings and Loan Debaclep. 117
Election 1988p. 119
George H. W. Bush and Dan Quaylep. 122
The Berlin Wallp. 124
Change Comes to the Soviet Blocp. 126
The War on Drugsp. 128
The U.S. Invasion of Panamap. 130
Review Questionsp. 133
MySearchLab Connections Sources Onlinep. 134
Legacies of the Eightiesp. 135
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 147
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