Most of us have lived much of our lives in the “Age of Reagan,” a period which dates from 1980 and which may still be ongoing today. Historians increasingly agree that the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 represented a “revolution” in American society and, particularly, its politics. Review Reagan’s presidential career to explain what about it precisely was so “revolutionary.” Compare his approach to politics and foreign affairs with those of his predecessors, and assess the ways that his successors either built upon or attempted to reverse his legacy. Explain why so many Americans opposed Reagan’s policies and those of his successors. Consider also the social and cultural changes which took place during the Age of Reagan. Finally, assess the success of the “Reagan Revolution” by identifying which problems it ameliorated and which it exacerbated. In your response, consider THREE of the following topics, with regard to how both Reagan and his successors handled or contributed to them:
a. The economy
b. The federal debt
c. Federal regulation
d. Social welfare
e. Public health
f. Race relations
g. Gender equality
h. Foreign affairs
To summarize your response, answer the following questions:
a. How revolutionary was the Reagan Revolution and how was it revolutionary?
b. In what ways was it beneficial to the American nation and in what ways was it detrimental?
c. Did the positives outweigh the negatives or vice versa?
d. Did the Reagan Revolution make the American nation more united or more divided?
e. What cultural issues caused the most friction during the Age of Reagan?
f. Is the Age of Reagan still underway?
When writing your response, draw from material in the following video:
a. Powerplay: End of the empire
Also, draw from at least THREE of the documents listed below:
a. “Equal rights are not special”: Advocates call for an end to anti-gay employment discrimination
b. Experimenting with our liberties
c. “A time bomb inside of you”: Social service organizations advocate an improved federal response to AIDS
d. Address to Congress
e. Address to the Republican national convention
f. A crisis of confidence
g. Oklahoma bombing memorial prayer service address
h. Address at the NAACP on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
i. Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee
j. “There’s been no real creative response”: Ted Houghton on homelessness in New York City
k. Address to the Democratic national convention
l. Address to British Parliament
m. Roe v. Wade majority decision
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7 in at least 100 words. When responding to classmates, you should refer to the material from one of the sources which you did not reference in your initial post.
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