Was Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy successful?

Brands, Chapter 10:  Fire or Iceland, 1983-86

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Rock Hudson (1925-1985)

This was the climate in the U.S. when [Catherine] Drabkin began working as director of the AIDS Support Group [in the mid-1980s]. In fact, this new attention by the Reagan Administration was what allowed Drabkin to begin working at the support group. “I came in on one grant but we applied for others and suddenly we had, actually a good bit of money that we could use to do, not only services to people with AIDS but also educational outreach for prevention.” Drabkin recalled “The organization ended up growing really fast so I moved from a volunteer coordinator position to an executive director position and hired additional staff members.”  —From oral history with Charlottesville, VA AIDS support worker, Catherine Drabkin

1984 // Reagan Re-election

In the 1984 presidential election, Ronald Reagan won 49 out of 50 states. This commercial, known popularly as the “Morning Again in America” ad helps illustrate the broad appeal of the reelection campaign –and the sophisticated selling techniques of modern presidential politicking.


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Reagan and Gorbachev at Reykjavik (1986)