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4. Social Change
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the nature and extent of social during Reagan’s presidency, focusing in particular on the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and the so-called ‘culture wars’. As we move through the module, we consider: (i) why Reagan’s response to the AIDS crisis was so inadequate; (ii) the importance of the Christian right in post-war politics in the United States; and (iii) Reagan’s relationship with the Christian right and its impacts on his decision-making.
In this course, Dr James Cooper (York St John University) explores the presidency of Ronald Reagan (1981-89). After a brief introduction in which we think about Reagan’s legacy today, the subsequent five modules explore five key questions relating to his presidency: (1) How successful were Reagan’s economic policies? To what extent were the benefits spread fairly across American society?; (2) To what extent did Reagan reduce ‘big government’?; (3) What was the nature and extent of social change during Reagan’s presidency?; (4) To what extent did Reagan ‘revitalise’ the presidency and US politics in general?; and (5) How successful was Reagan’s foreign policy?
James Cooper is Senior Lecturer at York St John University, specialising in American history and Anglo-American relations. His recent publications include Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan: A Very Political Special Relationship (2012) and The Politics of Diplomacy: U.S. Presidents and the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1967-98 (2017).
Cite this Lecture
Cooper, J. (2019, November 17). The Presidency of Ronald Reagan, 1981-89 - Social Change [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-presidency-of-ronald-reagan-1981-89/social-change
Cooper, James. "The Presidency of Ronald Reagan, 1981-89 – Social Change." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 17 Nov 2019, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-presidency-of-ronald-reagan-1981-89/social-change