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Reagan’s New Conservatism. Unit 1 Lesson 1 Sections 33.1-33.3. Objectives. Identify viewpoints on modern political spectrum. Explain rise of New Conservatism . Describe elements of Reagonomics . Identify steps Reagan took to combat communism. Explore key social issues of the 1980s.

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reagan s new conservatism

Reagan’s New Conservatism

Unit 1

Lesson 1

Sections 33.1-33.3

objectives
Objectives
  • Identify viewpoints on modern political spectrum.
  • Explain rise of New Conservatism .
  • Describe elements of Reagonomics.
  • Identify steps Reagan took to combat communism.
  • Explore key social issues of the 1980s.
warm up
Warm Up
  • Identify two things conservatives favor, and two things they oppose.
the political spectrum range of ideas
The Political Spectrum – Range of Ideas

“Left” “Middle” “Right”

Revolutionary Liberal Progressive Moderate Conservative Reactionary

Change Maintain status quo

Econ regulation Free enterprise, hands off govt

Civil Rights Law and order

Individual Welfare Self-reliance

Secularism Religious morality

*Radicals- Support rapid change and extreme solutions (violence) to problems, on both sides!

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homework review
Homework Review
  • Reagan’s Political Career -
  • New Deal Opponents -
  • From Eisenhower to Goldwater -
  • The Great Society -
  • Nixon & the Welfare State -
  • Social Issues -
  • Civil Rights -
  • The New Right Coalition -
  • A Reagan Landslide -
the new right
The New Right
  • 1980’s Coalition
    • Different groups, same goals
  • 3 Main Concerns:
    • Smaller govt, less role in econ
    • Restore Christian values
      • Moral Majority – televangelists
    • End govt supported social programs
  • 1980 Election
    • Reagan (R) vs Carter (D)
    • Economic Recession
    • Iran Hostage Crisis
    • Social “Decline”
    • Landslide Reagan Victory
      • (489 – 49)
      • Also control Senate
reagonomics
Reagonomics
  • Supply-Side Economics
    • Tax cuts to rich….Wealth “trickle – down” to masses
      • $ invested in business = more jobs = more income = more spending = more production & more tax revenue = growth businesses & economy!
    • Deregulation
      • Hands off competition & free market
      • Cut regulatory agencies & regulations on industries
      • Challenged labor unions
    • New Federalism
      • Cut funding for social programs 10%
      • Attack unemployment, welfare, Medicare
      • States must cover…use fed $ as they needed
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Reagonomics

The Good

The Bad

Inflation & Unemployment Drop

Growing income gap

Farm crisis

Manufacturing abroad

S & L Bank Scandal

Deficit grew (not balanced budget he promised)

Debt grew

Stock Market Crash ‘87

foreign policy
Foreign Policy
  • Cold War
    • US v USSR 1949-1991
  • Defeat “Evil Empire”
    • Peace thru Strength
    • ↑ # in forces
    • ↑ spending $1+ trillion
    • Arms race
  • Star Wars
    • Strategic Defense Initiative
    • Space-based weapons detection & destruction
  • Reagan Doctrine (1986)
    • Help “freedom fighters” oppose Communism worldwide
  • Soviet Relations
    • ‘86 & ‘87 meetings w/Gorbachev cool tensions
    • ‘87 INF Treaty
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Foreign Policy
  • Trouble Spots
    • Terrorism
      • Attacks on US soldiers in Beirut, Lebanon and Berlin, Germany
      • Libya (M. Gaddafi)
    • Latin America
      • El Salvador – Military & econ support to anti-communist groups
      • Grenada – US troops put down Cuban sponsored coup of PM
      • Nicaragua – Train Contra rebels, Congress stops $ aid (Reagan ignores)
        • Iran-Contra Affair: Illegally sell missiles to Iran for release of hostages in Lebanon. Funnel illegal $ to support Contras. “Teflon” President escapes fault, Ollie North takes fall.
domestic issues
Domestic Issues
  • Conservative Supreme Ct
    • Sandra Day O’Conner
  • Civil Rights
    • Political Representation
    • MLK, Jr. Holiday
    • Slowed affirmative action
  • Women’s Rights
    • Defeat ERA
    • Attacks on Roe vs Wade
  • Health Issues
    • AIDS
    • War on Drugs
    • Teen Pregnancy
  • Renewed Patriotism
    • ‘81 Assassination Attempt
    • ‘84 LA Olympics (Boycott)
    • ‘86 Statue of Liberty 100 yrs
    • ‘87 200th Anniversary Constitution
closure
Closure
  • Reagan was a popular president and his legacy endures. Do you think his administration was a success or failure? Why?