Bedros 1Christiana BedrosMrs. WitheeModern U.S. History23 April 2019President Ronald Reagan“We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were.” -Ronald Reagan These are the words of America’s 40th President, Ronald Reagan. Reagan is widely considered to be one of the best presidents the nation has ever had. His leadership set a stage for peace during the intense Cold War, and by creating various economic and foreign policies that have depicted him as “The Great Communicator”, President Reagan has pulled America with success through the fight against communism, the restoration of the federal system, and an economic peacetime that continues today. President Reagan has shaped our nation into the land we live in today, and he has granted us the dreams that many wished for in the days past. Ronald Reagan, the president whose life impacted individuals and whose legacy continues to inspire, hasgiven us a nation that we can proudly call our home. Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois. His father, a shoe salesman named Edward “Jack” Reagan, and his mother, Nellie Wilson Reagan, reared Ronald Reagan and his older brother Neil Reagan in a small apartment that lacked indoor plumbing and running water. When Reagan was a baby, his father nicknamed him Dutch, saying he resembled “a fat little Dutchman” (Editors). Reagan attended Dixon High School where he was an athlete, served as student body president, and performed in many school plays. He worked as a lifeguard in Dixon on summer vacations as well (Ronald Reagan). After graduating in 1928, Reagan
Bedros 2attended Eureka College in Illinois on an athletic scholarship; he captained the swim team, played football, and ran track. Reagan also served as student council president and acted in school productions (Ronald Reagan). He found work as a radio sports announcer in Iowa after graduating in 1932.
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