Ronald Reagan Essay Final Copy
Ronald Reagan: A Man For All Seasons
Ronald Reagan was a near perfect description of the American man; an athlete,
actor, director, family man, and mostly politician.
His extraordinary achievement as
President of the U.S. was to succeed in the two most difficult challenges of his time:
defeating the Soviet Union and reviving the American economy and spirit.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Ill.
the middle child of three boys.
Their father was a Democrat, who was a very outspoken
man in opposition to racial bigotry. Their mother, who was more conservative, gave
dramatic readings while volunteering at women's clubs, hospitals, and jails.
As Reagan entered high school, he showed a grand ability to succeed in all of his
interests in life, whether it was sports, drama, or politics.
grade he was reported to
have been on the basketball team, football team, swim team, and track squad.
parts in school plays as a young actor.
With a spark for politics building, Reagan ran for
what would be his first landslide victory in politics, president of the student council.
At Eureka College, a Christian school, Reagan continued his success in sports,
drama, and campus politics. He was a varsity guard on the football team and was captain
of the swimming team, while participating in track.
A member of the drama club, he had
roles in college dramatic productions. As president of the freshman class he helped
organize a student strike against cutbacks in the curriculum, which led to the