Conservatives in Power: the Reagan Years, 1981-1989 A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312488319

ISBN-13: 9780312488314

Edition: 2011

Authors: Meg Jacobs, Julian E. Zelizer

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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.
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 9/17/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.52" wide x 8.18" long x 0.41" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Julian E. Zelizer is professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. His most recent books include "Jimmy Carter", "Arsenal of Democracy", and "The Presidency of George W. Bush" (Princeton). He writes a weekly column for and Politico and has written for the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", and many other publications.

Introduction: Mr. Conservative Comes to Washington
From Movement to Governance
Domestic Politics
National Security
Conservatism since 1988
The Documents
Origins, 1957-1980
Commencement Address at Eureka College, June 7, 1957
A Time for Choosing, October 27, 1964
Campaign Speech at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, May 12, 1966
California and the Problem of Government Growth, January 5, 1967
Speech to America, March 3l, 1976
Campaign Speech to College Republicans in Atlanta, June 24, 1978
Speech at Neshoba County Fair, August 3, 1980
Reaganomics, 1981
Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981
Address to the Nation on the Economy, February 5, 1981
Letter to Republican Colleagues, May 29, 1981
Air Traffic Controllers Strike, August 3, 1981
The Education of David Stockman, December 1981
Mobilizing on the Political left and Right, 1982
Black Strategy, February 24, 1982
Summer Alternatives, May 5, 1982
Conservative Social Agenda, March 9, 1982
Letter to James Baker, August 12, 1982
Letter to Barry Goldwater, September 7, 1982
"The Gender Gap": A Postelection Assessment, November 23, 1982
Morning in America: Reagan's Reelection, 1983-1985
Campaign to Save Medicare/Medicaid, 1984
Radio Address to the Nation on the Presidential Campaign, October 13, 1984
Remarks of the President to the Twelfth Annual Conservative Political Action Conference, March 1, 1985
Domestic Culture Wars, 1986-1988
Completing the Reagan Revolution, July 8, 1986
Address to the Nation on the Campaign against Drug Abuse, September 14, 1986
Robert Bork's America, July 1, 1987
Issues Update - Taxes and the Budget, October 23, 1987
"Selfishness"as a 1988 Campaign Issue, January 6, 1988
1988 Legislative and Administrative Message: A Union of Individuals, January 25, 1988
Reagan's Foreign Policy: Peace through Strength, 1980-1983
A Strategy for Peace in the Eighties, October 19, 1980
Letter to Brezhnev, September 18, 1981
Minutes of National Security Council Meeting on Strategy toward Cuba and Central America, November 10, 1981
A Public Affairs Program to Support the Administration's Nuclear Policy, May 5, 1982
National Security Council, Directive No. 75 on U.S. Relations with the USSR, January 17, 1983
"Evil Empire" Speech, March 8, 1983
Address to the Nation on Defense and National Security, March 23, 1983
Setbacks and Victories in Foreign Affairs, 1983-1984
Letter to President Reagan, July 28, 1983
CBS News/New York Times, Poll on Grenada and Lebanon Conflicts, October 28, 1983
Upcoming Movie on ABC, November 17, 1983
Remarks at a Ceremony Commemorating the Fortieth Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day, June 5, 1984
Debate between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale, October 21, 1984
International Negotiations and Covert Missions, 1985-1986
Letter to Mikhail Gorbachev, March 11, 1985, and Alexander Yakovlev, Memo on Reagan, March 12, 1985
Oliver North, Fallback Plan for the Nicaraguan Resistance, March 16, 1985
Memo on Conversation between Reagan and Gorbachev and Meeting While Leaders Walk, November 19, 1985
Covert Action Finding Regarding Iran, January 17, 1986
Address to the Nation on the Situation in Nicaragua, March 16, 1986
National Security Scandal and Success, 1986-1988
Oval Office Meeting on Iran-Contra, November 10, 1986
Address to the Nation on the Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy, March 4, 1987
Remarks on East-West Relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, June 12, 1987
Address to the Nation on the Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy and Administration Goals, August 12, 1987
Iran-Contra Congressional Reports, November 16, 1987
Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, Introduction to Iran-Contra Minority Report, 1987
Meeting of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, December 8, 1987
Remarks at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, December 16, 1988
Legacies, 1988-2009
Acceptance Speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, August 18, 1988
"New World Order" Speech, September 11, 1990
Republican Party Leaders, Contract with America, 1994
Statement on Signing the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of1996, August 22, 1996
Acceptance Speech at the 2000 Republican National Convention, August 3,2000
Address on the U.S. Response to the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, September 20, 2001
Eulogy at the National Funeral Service for Ronald Reagan, June 11,2004
Right-Wingers Turn against Bush, February 9,2006
A Political Odyssey, August 2,2009
A Chronology of Ronald Reagan and Conservatism (1911-2004)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
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