By Andrew L. Johns
A better half to Ronald Reagan evaluates in unheard of aspect the occasions, regulations, politics, and folks of Reagan’s management. It assesses the scope and impression of his a number of careers in the context of the days, offering wide-ranging assurance of his management, and his legacy.
- Assesses Reagan and his effect at the improvement of the United States based on new documentary proof and engagement with the newest secondary literature
- Offers a mixture of historiographic chapters dedicated to international and household coverage, with subject matters built-in thematically and chronologically
- Includes a piece on key figures linked politically and in my opinion with Reagan
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He was a mirror who reflected the values of everyday Americans and was one with those whom he represented. (Cannon, 2003: 83) James David Barber speaks to the likely combination of concrete factors and experiences in the 1940s and 1950s that moved Reagan politically to the right: “The course of Reagan’s subsequent ideological development is much more clearly explained by the drift of his personal development than by any philosophical pilgrimage or burst of enlightenment” (Barber, 1985: 473). Lisa McGirr states that Reagan was a “former liberal” who moved to the right during the 1950s (McGirr, 2001: 189).
For Thomas Evans, however, Reagan’s move to the right did not occur amid the frustrations of his divorce and career decline in the late 1940s but during the period from 1954 to 1962, when he served as host for General Electric (GE)’s Sunday evening television show and as “traveling ambassador,” speaking to company employees and civic groups across the nation. ” Evans states that Reagan in these years became an adherent to free market conservative ideology. He likewise absorbed the principles of “Boulwarism,” which Evans insists “was not a narrow agenda for bargaining with labor” but rather “a methodology” that stressed the importance of communicating conservative ideology “over the heads of union officials directly to the blue-collar workers, their families, and their neighbors” (Evans, 2006: 3–4, 38).