The 1980 Presidential Election

The 1980 Presidential Election

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Ronald Reagana€™s victory in the 1980 presidential election marked a watershed moment in the history of the United States, heralding the triumph of the American conservative movement. Once a supporter of the New Deal, Reagan had come to symbolize the union of three diverse forms of conservatisma€”anti-communism, social traditionalism, and libertarianisma€”that were increasingly intertwined under the banner of the Republican Party. The unlikely development of this new conservative coalition was based upon the larger impacts of the civil rights movement in reshaping the dynamics of the Democratic and Republican parties, the social qbacklashq of the Nixon era, the emergence of the religious right, and the economic and political crises that directly set the stage for Reagana€™s stunning victory. In five original, engaging chapters, The 1980 Presidential Election shows how Reagana€™s journey to the White House was connected to the wider transformations of post-1945 American history. Supplemented by a fresh collection of primary documentsa€”including previously unpublished transcripts of Reagana€™s radio addresses of the late-1970sa€”this book is an ideal introduction to the origins and impact of the American conservative movement.Similartothe a€œPortHuron Statementa€ (see Document 3), Millsa#39; essay is included here becauseit illustrates, byway ofcounterpoint, the ways in whichthe conservative movement was but one partofthe ... The Causes of World War Three (1961).

Title:The 1980 Presidential Election
Author: Jeffrey D. Howison
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-10-23

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