Posted: February 25th, 2022
BOOK: Of the People with Sources: Chapters 27 and 28
As you’ve learned in this week’s resources, the people of the U. S. experienced many changes in society and politics at this time. President Nixon took a step never seen before when he resigned; and the country took another unprecedented move when President Ford took office, having not been elected Vice President. President Carter was elected as a Washington outsider, and found out he lacked the confidence of a nation. President Reagan was elected with the support of the conservative “New right” and disillusioned liberals.
Compare and contrast the troubled presidencies of Nixon, Ford, and Carter with the perceived successes of Ronald Reagan. Did the first three leaders create their own problems, or did they face impossible situations?
In what ways did Reagan bring the nation back to a nation of pride and confidence? In what ways did he and his conservative backing struggle with liberal issues of the day? Remember to bring in material from this week’s readings and media to support your argument.
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