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The Reagan EraA History of the 1980s$
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Doug Rossinow

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169882

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169882.001.0001

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The Time is Now

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The Reagan Era

Doug Rossinow

Columbia University Press

This chapter details the political rise of Ronald Reagan. One-time movie actor and former California governor Reagan established himself as a political figure in the 1960s, making his debut via a televised speech supporting Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964. In 1966, he made a splendid first run for public office, turning out the incumbent Democratic governor of California, Edmund “Pat” Brown. In 1976 he aligned himself with the rising passion of movement conservatives, embracing the pro-life cause and speaking against ratification of the pending Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. By 1980, incumbent U.S. president, Democrat Jimmy Carter, was in trouble, damaged politically by price inflation and high unemployment levels. Reagan was poised to take advantage of this moment and became the Republican nominee for president in 1980.

Keywords:   Reaganism, Jimmy Carter, Democrats, Republications, president

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