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MC 112 (Excavation) - Research Excavation 1 How was...

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Research Excavation 1) How was Governor Reagan’s overt use of military force in response to the people’s park viewed by the citizens of California and the nation as a whole? How do they compare? 2) In what way does the Contemporary People’s Park embody the spirit and ideals of the People’s Park in 1969? 3) How did the failure to keep People’s Park in the hands of the sixties counterculture effect later, more aggressive activism in the early to mid seventies? Conley, Richard Steven. Historical Dictionary of the Reagan-Bush Era . Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2007. As my reference source, the Historical Dictionary of the Reagan-Bush Era is a comprehensive reference, which thoroughly addresses my first research question. This reference gives in-depth pubic opinion analysis of the Reagan Presidential administration as well as his Californian Gubernatorial election results and public opinion. Admittedly, there was not as much information on his time in office in California as I had hoped for. On the positive side, there was a plethora of information on Reagan’s national image, which does address my research question head-on. As one of my scholarly journals backs up, Reagan’s Californian image as the tough leader in regards to protest and civil unrest proved to be a vital strength to him politically on the national level as well. The ties between Reagan’s national presidency and position as governor are extremely close related in terms of overwhelming support and a tough stance on drug abuse
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and youth resistance. De Groot, Gerard. "People's Park, Berkeley." History Today (1993). <http://www.proquest.com> As my first scholarly article, People’s Park, Berkeley gives a fresh perspective of the history and modern status of People’s Park. This article leaves out all the nostalgia that many of the sources I have stumbled upon contain. Its main argument is that the People’s Park movement failed to successfully promote its most important ideals. Explaining how for the left, the park symbolized the best of sixties values; people-power and ecological harmony. For the right, it represented subversion and decadence. The research question this essay would address the best is how the contemporary peoples park embodies the spirit and ideals of the park of the sixties. The article shows how the spirit that had inspired the park dissipated in the decades that would follow. In the 1970’s, it became a place for drug deals, loud music and exhibitionism—creating a better life gave way to creating a better high. Just as the park mirrored the seventies, the park also mirrored the eighties. Governor Reagan became President Reagan and it remained a place for drugs, but drugs of despair, nor decadence. Heroin and crack replaced pot, LSD and cocaine. At this point, the park became an embarrassment. Then, in 1991 an attempt by the University of California was made to convert the park in volleyball courts. This action resulted in yet another
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