Culture in The Reagan Era

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Culture in The Reagan Era Looking at the Past Through the Lens of Culture "Morning in America" 1984 was a year of flag-waving patriotism in America. That summer, the Olympics were held on home soil for the first time in half a century, and American athletes at the Los Angeles Games dominated their international competitors. (A boycott of the games by the Soviet Union , in retaliation for the Americans' own boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics , admittedly weakened the competition.) Team USA won four times as many gold medals as second-place Romania, and the exploits of charismatic athletes like gymnast Mary Lou Retton , sprinter Carl Lewis , and high- diver Greg Louganis inspired a new nationalistic fervor among adoring fans. At the same time, Ronald Reagan's reelection campaign rolled out a series of über-patriotic television ads that displayed idealized scenes of everyday American life while a soothing voice-over explained, "It's morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan our country is prouder and stronger and better." "Born in the USA" The red, white, and blue summer of 1984 found its perfect soundtrack in Born in the USA , a chart-topping new album from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Released a month before the Olympics convened in LA, the record soon became an unavoidable presence on
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