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Unformatted text preview: The Reagan Era Summary & Analysis The Big Picture: Who, What, When, Where & (Especially) Why Ronald Reagan: Actor and President In his first career, Ronald Reagan was a mediocre film actor . Never able to crack Hollywood's "A-list," Reagan was relegated through the 1930s, '40s and '50s to roles in a string of mostly forgettable "B-movies," including oneBedtime for Bonzo (1951)that cast him ingloriously opposite a chimpanzee costar . When Reagan later became a prominent politician, his relatively undistinguished Hollywood background led many of his opponents and detractors to dismiss him as a political lightweight. They were dead wrong. For in his second career, Ronald Reagan became one of the most important and influential political leaders in modern American history. Over the course of the twentieth century, only Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency (1933-45) equaled Reagan's in social, ideological, and political impact. Even though Reagan's presidency ended twenty years ago, it's no exaggeration political impact....
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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