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Running head: THE PRESIDENCY OF RONALD REAGAN The Presidency of Ronald Reagan Abstract Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was sworn into office in 1981. Reagan, at 69 years old was the oldest person to ever be sworn into the presidency. His two terms were marked by innovative, and controversial, approaches to domestic policies. His foreign policy can be characterized as forceful. Reagan's domestic policies are often criticized as voodoo economics or Reaganomics. His economic policies were based on deficit spending and tax cuts primarily for the wealthy. But they also provided for new mechanisms for adjusting economic activity on the national level. No less controversial was the Iran-Contra affair where his administration was caught selling weapons to Iran and funneling the proceeds to the Contra movement against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Reagan's two terms also saw the liberation of Granada, the loss of more them 200 Marines in Beirut, the bombing of Libya, and the high jacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. To this day though, Reagan's legacy lives on as his domestic economic policies are still evident on the management of the national economy. His effects of his foreign policies still reverberate throughout the world today from the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and South America. His legacy is sure to live for generations to come. Contents Abstract - Denton Clark ±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±± 2 Contents ±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±± 3 Introduction ± Michael Douglas ±±±±±±±±±±±±±±± 4 Brief Biography ± Michael Douglas ±±±±±±±±±±±±± 4 Prior Political Career ± Michael Douglas±±±±±±±±±±±. 5 Key Events ± Michael Douglas ±±±±±±±±±±±±±±. ... 7 Relationships with Advisors ± Denton Clark±.±±. ..±±±±±± 9 Relationships with Democrats, Congress, and the Supreme Court Richard King±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±± 10 Political Pressure ± Minority Groups ± Richard King ±±±±±. ... 12 Primary Legacy ± Lianna Plangklang. .±±±±±±±±±±±±. 14 Conclusion ± Michael Douglas. ..................... ±±±±±±±±±±. . 17 References ±±±±±±±± ±±±±±±±±±±±±±±±. ... 18 The Presidency of Ronald Reagan History, what exactly does this word imply? For most school children history simply means to learn about the past, which for the most part include events, dates, and people. For those of us whom have advanced on to higher education we realize that history is much more and yet far less than our previous definition. We have realized that history is our interpretation of the connections between dates, events, and people. No matter which philosophy of history one studies under, there should be no dispute that on occasion this world has produced some unique individuals which merit taking a closer look at, in order to better interpret the connection in
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which he or she holds in the world. We believe Ronald Wilson Reagan is one such individual
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