Education of Ronald Reagan The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of His Conversion to Conservatism

ISBN-10: 023113861X

ISBN-13: 9780231138611

Edition: 2008

Authors: Thomas W. Evans

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In October 1964, Ronald Reagan gave a televised speech in support of Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. "The Speech," as it has come to be known, helped launch Ronald Reagan as a leading force in the American conservative movement. However, less than twenty years earlier, Reagan was a prominent Hollywood liberal, the president of the Screen Actors Guild, and a fervent supporter of FDR and Harry Truman. While many agree that Reagan's anticommunism grew out of his experiences with the Hollywood communists of the late 1940s, the origins of his conservative ideology have remained obscure. Based on a newly discovered collection of private papers as well as interviews and corporate documents, The Education of Ronald Reaganoffers new insights into Reagan's ideological development and his political ascendancy. Thomas W. Evans links the eight years (1954-1962) in which Reagan worked for General Electric8; mdash;acting as host of its television program, GE Theater, and traveling the country as the company's public-relations envoy-to his conversion to conservatism. In particular, Evans reveals the profound influence of GE executive Lemuel Boulware, who would become Reagan's political and ideological mentor. Boulware, known for his tough stance against union officials and his innovative corporate strategies to win over workers, championed the core tenets of modern American conservatism-free-market fundamentalism, anticommunism, lower taxes, and limited government. Building on the ideas and influence of Boulware, Reagan would soon begin his rise as a national political figure and an icon of the American conservative movement.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 8/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Thomas W. Evans, a lawyer and avocational politician, has supervised a successful New Hampshire presidential primary and established a national citizens' campaign organization. A former adjunct professor of education and administration at Columbia University's Teachers College, Evans was chair of the Reagan administration's national symposium on partnerships in education and counsel to the Points of Light Foundation under George H.W. Bush.

Background
A New Dealer to the Core
Politics: War by Different Means
A Postgraduate Course in Political Science
Boulwarism
The Plant Tour
Schools, Classes, and Trains
An Apprenticeship for Public Life
The Campaign
Allies
The Speech
Two Unions
The Art of Negotiation
Encouraging an Increasing Majority of Citizens
The Campaign Continues
The Presidential Bug
A President's Vision
Appendix
Speeches of Reuther, Boulware, and Reagan
Walter P. Reuther, Labor and the Community
Lemuel Boulware, Salvation Is Not Free
Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing ("The Speech")
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index
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