Reagan Rhetoric History and Memory in 1980s America

ISBN-10: 0875806546
ISBN-13: 9780875806549
Edition: 2011
Authors: Toby Glenn Bates
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 5/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The Reagan Rhetoricexamines the extraordinary connections between President Ronald Reagan#x19;s conversations with the American people and the profound changes that swept the nation under those conversations#x19; influence. Through the lens of history, rhetoric, and memory, Bates#x19;s work draws connections between the style, manner, and consistency of Reagan#x19;s oratory and the social and cultural settings in which it played so vital a role. Specifically focusing on the 1980 Neshoba County Mississippi Campaign visit, the popular culture memory of the Vietnam War, and the controversy of Iran-Contra, this book illustrates Reagan#x19;s sweeping ability to change how Americans thought about themselves, their past, and their politics. By concluding with an examination of media coverage of Reagan#x19;s 2004 death, Bates reveals that certain interpretations Reagan rhetorically offered during his presidency had become an accepted collective memory for millions of Americans. In death, as in life, Reagan had the last word. Through extensive archival research, the careful examination of well-known and obscure 1980s print media and popular culture, as well as new interviews, Bates challenges the prevailing Reagan historiography and provides a thoughtful reality check on some of the traditional views of his eight years in the Oval Office. The Reagan Rhetoric offers new and important contributions to Reagan studies that will appeal to scholars of the 40th president. This look at the 1980s will be of great interest to the growing number of historians studying that decade.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
States' Rights-Reagan and the 1964 Neshoba County Murders in American Memory
A Noble Cause-Twenty-Five Years of Consistency in Reagan's Vietnam Rhetoric
"Do We Get to Win This Time'-Reagan, Rambo and Platoon, and the Vietnam Veteran
Reagan, the Vietnam Veteran, 1980s Television, and Comics
Falling from Grace-The Inconsistency of Iran-Contra
Iran-Contra and Reagan's Return to Consistency
Reagans Death and the Enduring Power of Collective Memory
Conclusion
Ronald Reagan and the Vietnam War-Pre-presidential and Presidential Rhetori
Reagan and Contra Support, 1981-1988
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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