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Eighties : America in the Age of Reagan

Eighties : America in the Age of Reagan - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0300115826

Cover of Eighties : America in the Age of Reagan 05 (ISBN 978-0300115826)
ISBN13: 978-0300115826
ISBN10: 0300115822
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Yale University Press
Published: 2005
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Eighties : America in the Age of Reagan - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0300115826

John Ehrman

ISBN13: 978-0300115826
ISBN10: 0300115822
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Yale University Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

During the Reagan years, Americans witnessed an extraordinary array of changes, from major technological advances to sweeping revisions of the tax code to the deregulation of major industries and the advent of the culture wars. America emerged from the decade completely transformed: political and social arrangements derived from post-World War II liberalism had given way to the highly competitive, fast-changing, technology-driven society we know today.

In The Eighties, John Ehrman tracks this transformation in the context of Ronald Reagan's policies and convictions and examines the broader trends that enabled Reagan to achieve so much of his agenda. At a time when most Americans remained fairly centrist in their political commitments, Reagan was able to shift policy toward the right by building support for a few key policies. His gradualist approach met with little opposition from Democrats, who failed to mount a coherent response. Based on a broad range of primary source material, The Eighties offers an accessible and balanced account of a watershed decade in American history.

Table of Contents

1. Paving the Way, 1945-1980
2. First Term: Taxes, Deficits, and Politics, 1981-1984
3. Work and Life, 1981-1989
4. Second Term: Triumph, Disaster, and Recovery, 1985-1989
5. If Things Are So Good, Why Do I Feel So Bad? 1981-1989
6. Conclusion: Change and Continuity

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