Print ISBN: 978-1-63700-083-0
# of Pages: 600
# of Volumes: 2
Print List Price: $295
e-ISBN: 978-1-63700-084-7
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Defining Documents in American History: The 1980s (1980-1989)

February 2022

The United States witness major socioeconomic change in the 1980s. The final years of the Carter administration, plagued by the Iran hostage crisis and runaway inflation, caused many Americans to embrace a new conservatism socially, economically, and politically, characterized by the policies of President Reagan. Both working-age Americans and affluent retirees flocked to the country's southeast and southwest Sun Belt regions resulting in a change in the political climate that strengthened conservatism in America.

These volumes explore the conservative politics and Reaganomics, new computer technology and a reshaped pop culture through documents that include:

  • President Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech in Berlin, Germany, June 12, 1987
  • Excerpts from Justin McCarthy's, "Fear and Anxiety During the 1980s: AIDS Crisis," Gallup
  • "Computers from the 1980s," from The People's History
  • CDC Epidemiologic Notes and Reports, "Pneumocystis Pneumonia," and many more

Additional documents will cover such notable events as:

  • Chernobyl
  • Exxon Valdez oil spill
  • Challenger Explosion
  • Iran Contra Affair
  • and the Central Park Five

Each in-depth chapter provides a thorough commentary and analysis of each primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Commentary includes a Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes. 


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