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Unformatted text preview: From Goldwater Republicans to Reagan Democrats In his personal journey from Roosevelt Democrat to Reagan Republican, Ronald Reagan cut a path that would later be followed by millions of ordinary Americans. One of the most remarkable features of the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s was the &quot;Reagan Democrat&quot; phenomenon, which saw countless members of the old Democratic New Deal Coalitionblue-collar workers, urban Catholics, and southern Protestants foremost among themabandon their traditional party allegiances to support Reagan's conservative vision. These lapsed Democrats had lost their faith in the central promise of the old New Deal Orderthat government programs could improve their lives. Reagan's celebration of the virtues of the untrammeled free market gave them something new to believe in. In truth, the new ideology of Reaganism that swept the nation in the 1980s wasn't very new at all. There wasn't really much to distinguish Reagan's programs and politics from those of Barryall....
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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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