17C-2012-writing assignment - History 17C The American People World War I to the Present University of California Santa Barbara Spring 2012 Writing

17C-2012-writing assignment - History 17C The American...

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History 17C The American People, World War I to the Present University of California, Santa Barbara Spring 2012 Writing Assignment It is mid-November 1980. You are an advisor to President Jimmy Carter, who has just lost the presidential election to former California Governor Ronald Reagan. President Carter sends you the following memorandum: Dear __________, I know you are just as discouraged as I am by the election results. The notion that millions of our fellow citizens would willingly cast their lot with a man like Governor Reagan is, frankly, mind-boggling. But let’s see what we can learn from this debacle— or, to be more precise, what you can teach me. You and I go back a long way. We first met during the 1964 presidential campaign, which resulted in that amazing landslide victory for President Lyndon Johnson. I’m sure you vividly remember that (all too brief!) period of euphoria following the ’64 election. We Democrats were riding high.

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