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Cold War: American Leaders
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From 1945 until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, U.S. presidents and politicians developed strategies to limit the spread of communism.
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The Great Communicator
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Ronald Reagan galvanized the American public through his famous speeches that helped redefine American politics in the 1980s.
Reagan and the 1980 Debates
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The closing arguments all but determined the winner during the 1980 presidential debates between President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
Reagan's ReelectionVideo Clip (2:55)
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In the 1984 presidential debates President Ronald Reagan relied on wit and poise to win a second term in office.
Reagan's ChildhoodVideo Clip (4:26)
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Throughout his life, Ronald Reagan possessed the strong will and likeable nature that helped him win the presidency.
Deconstructing History: White House
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It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.
Presidential Fun Facts
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The Oval Office has been filled with extraordinary presidents, but did you know about these not-so-famous firsts?
Deconstructing History: Berlin Wall
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For 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the defining symbol of the Cold War, separating families and keeping the people from jobs and opportunity in the west.
Cold WarVideo Clip (2:31)
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The Cold War is over, but what it left behind may surprise you.
The Space Race
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The U.S. competition with the U.S.S.R. for technological dominance spurred the U.S. on to the first-ever landing on the Moon.
The Fall of the Soviet Union
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Trace the steps that led to the collapse of America's Cold War foe as told by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.
Morning in America
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Morning in America was one of the greatest political ad campaigns because it promised a prouder, stronger, better America.
There You Go Again
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Jimmy Carter unsuccessfully attempts to play into the uncertainty that the American public had for Ronald Reagan, during a debate on October 28, 1980.
Inaugural Address: Ronald Reagan
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Excerpts from Ronald Reagon's inaugural address on Tuesday, January 20, 1981.
Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Host David Eisenbach explains the history of the long election process a candidate must go through to become President of the United States.
The InaugurationVideo Clip (4:15)
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Host David Eisenbach gives the historic significance of the process by which a newly elected candidate assumes the role of President of the United States of America.
Transfer of Power
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Host David Eisenbach reveals the process where one president transfers their duties of office to the next president.
The Press Plane
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Pat Buchanan, speech writer during Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign, tells the story of one of Nixons early executive decisions.
Celebrities in Politics
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In a Path to the Podium video, see how celebrities get involved in politics. While some celebrities stump for causes or candidates, the celebrities in this video take it to the next level by holding political office.
President Reagan Shot
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John Hinckley does his best to impress Jodie Foster by firing a few rounds at President Ronald Reagan. He hits Reagan in the armpit, and nearly kills Brady with a shot to the head. Reagan stays alive and Hinckley spends a whole lot of time in an institution.
Reagan Describes Shooting
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President Ronald Reagan's assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. in front of the Washington Hilton Hotel is shown on this History Channel video. White House Press Secretary James Brady was also seriously wounded.
Reagan Meets Gorbachev
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See President Ronald Reagan meet Mikail Gorbachev, set to "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour.
Reagan Advocates Small Government
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"I resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as the masses."
Reagan on Military Strength
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"We cannot shirk our responsibility as the leader of the free world."
Reagan on Vietnam 1964
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"There can be no real peace while one American is dying some place in the world for the rest of us."
Reagan: Don't Negotiate with Terrorists
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The strategic defense initiative is outlined by President Ronald Reagan as he discusses his foreign policy position to halt terrorism.
USS Ronald Reagan
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A brief look at the USS Ronald Reagan, the biggest aircraft carrier in the world.
Speeches & Audio (30)
Reagan Endorses Barry Goldwater
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When Ronald Reagan, as spokesperson for General Electric, gives his “Time for Choosing” speech in support of Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential run, he establishes himself as an important player in the Republican Party and jumpstarts his political career.
Reagan Accepts Presidential Nomination
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After unsuccessfully seeking the presidential nomination in 1968 and 1976, Ronald Reagan was nominated at the Republican National Convention on September 7, 1980. In his acceptance speech, the former California governor tells American taxpayers that they do not exist to fund the federal government.
Reagan and Carter in 1980 Presidential Debate
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Held on October 28, 1980, the debate between former California governor Ronald Reagan and incumbent President Jimmy Carter covers the issues of inflation, the energy crisis and terrorism. In his closing statement, Reagan makes an impact when he poses this question: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"
Reagan’s First Inaugural Address
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With the country discouraged by high inflation, unemployment, gas shortages and the Iran hostage crisis, former California governor Ronald Reagan easily defeated incumbent President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election. In his inaugural address on January 20, 1981, President Reagan promises to limit the reach of the federal government.
Reagan’s First State of the Union Address
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On January 26, 1982, Ronald Reagan delivers his first State of the Union address as president of the United States, remarking on the historical significance of the tradition.
Reagan Announces "Star Wars"
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On March 23, 1983, in what later became known as his "Star Wars" speech, President Ronald Reagan announces his plans to develop an anti-missile capability to counter the threat of Soviet ballistic missiles and to make these nuclear weapons "impotent and obsolete."
Reagan’s Evil Empire
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In a speech delivered to the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, on March 8, 1983, President Ronald Reagan criticizes the Soviet Union’s lack of religious faith.
Ronald Reagan's Anti-Soviet Joke Caught on Tape
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On August 11, 1984, during a sound check prior to his regular Saturday radio broadcast, Ronald Reagan made a joke about bombing Russia. The recording was transmitted to the press and later played on CBS's Monday night Evening News program.
Reagan’s 1984 Presidential Nomination
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On August 23, 1984, President Ronald Reagan accepts his party's nomination for a second term. In his speech at the Republican National Convention, President Reagan promises a "springtime of hope" for America.
Reagan and Mondale in 1984 Presidential Debate
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On October 21, 1984, President Ronald Reagan and former Vice President Walter Mondale engage in their second nationally broadcast debate. When Henry Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun asks the president about his advancing age, Reagan turns the question on its head by promising not to make an issue of his opponent’s youth and inexperience.
Reagan’s Second Inaugural Address
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Defeating Democratic nominee Walter Mondale with an unprecedented electoral vote margin, President Ronald Reagan secured a second term as president of the United States. In his inaugural address on January 21, 1985, Reagan introduces the idea of a "new American emancipation."
Reagan on Hijacking of TWA Flight 847
Reagan on Hijacking of TWA Flight 847Audio Clip (2:38)
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On June 14, 1985, a TWA jetliner en route from Athens to Rome was hijacked by armed Shiite terrorists who ordered that the aircraft be flown to Beirut, where the plane was held for 17 days with hostages on board. On day four of the situation, after one of the American hostages was killed, President Ronald Reagan held a news conference to bring the nation up to date.
Reagan on the Challenger Disaster
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On January 28, 1986, instead of delivering his scheduled State of the Union Address, President Ronald Reagan speaks to the American people about the space shuttle disaster that killed seven astronauts.
Reagan Demands Fall of Berlin Wall
Reagan Demands Fall of Berlin WallAudio Clip (1:08)
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On June 12, 1987, in a speech delivered from the Brandenburg Gate in West Germany, President Ronald Reagan makes one of his most famous statements when he calls on Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
Reagan on Historic Visit to Berlin Wall
Reagan on Historic Visit to Berlin WallAudio Clip (1:57)
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In June of 1987, President Ronald Reagan stopped in West Berlin on the 750th anniversary of the city and delivered one of his most famous lines when he demanded that Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the Berlin Wall. In an address to the nation following his return from that trip, President Reagan recalls standing next to the imposing structure.
U.S. Marines Attacked in Lebanon
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On October 23, 1983, a Lebanese terrorist drove a truck packed with more than 2,000 pounds of explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. The next day, President Ronald Reagan holds a press conference to discuss the situation.
Reagan Fires Striking Air Traffic Controllers
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On August 4, 1981, President Ronald Reagan reads a statement to the press on his decision to fire any air traffic controllers who do not show up to work within 48 hours. After negotiations with the federal government to raise their pay failed, 13,000 air traffic controllers went on strike.
Ronald Reagan on Iran-Contra Hearings
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In 1987, Congress held 40 days of public hearings on the Iran-Contra affair during which they listened to 28 witnesses give more than 250 hours of testimony. On August 12, 1987, in a live broadcast from the Oval Office, President Ronald Reagan comments on the recent congressional hearings now that they are over.
Reagan Approves Iran-Contra Counsel
Reagan Approves Iran-Contra CounselAudio Clip (2:14)
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After the Iran-Contra scandal is exposed in November 1986, President Ronald Reagan announces to the nation that he would "welcome the appointment of an independent counsel" to investigate matters. The Iran-Contra Affair involved the secret selling of arms to Iran in exchange for the release of hostages. The money from the arms sales was then used to secretly support the Contras in their battle against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua.
Ronald Reagan Delivers Farewell Address
Ronald Reagan Delivers Farewell AddressAudio Clip (1:54)
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On January 11, 1989, President Ronald Reagan, who at nearly 78, was the oldest person ever to hold the nation's highest office, gave his final address to the American people.
Reagan Speaks on 40th Anniversary of D-Day
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On June 6, 1984, in Normandy, France, President Ronald Reagan honors the heroes of D-Day, a pivotal moment during World War II.
Reagan on Libya Air Strikes
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On April 14, 1986, President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation to announce that he has authorized a series of air strikes against Lybia. The military action was ordered as retaliation for a Berlin terrorist bombing, which Reagan describes as the latest act in Lybia's "reign of terror."
Reagan Swears in Rehnquist and Scalia
Reagan Swears in Rehnquist and ScaliaAudio Clip (0:40)
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On September 25, 1986, President Ronald Reagan presides over the swearing in of William H. Rehnquist as the 16th chief justice and Aaron Scalia as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Reagan Supports Poland's Solidarity Movement
Reagan Supports Poland's Solidarity MovementAudio Clip (2:41)
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In late 1981, in an address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan condemned the recent communist crackdown on the Solidarity Movement in Poland.
Ronald Reagan on Roe v. Wade
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In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that women, as part of their constitutional right to privacy, could terminate a pregnancy during its first two trimesters. On the 10th anniversary of the ruling, President Ronald Reagan pledges in a radio report to the nation to fight to overturn the landmark case.
Reagan on Middle East Policy
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When the war broke out in Lebanon in June, 1982, President Ronald Reagan's plans to facilitate autonomy talks between Palestine and Israel were put on hold. Now, in September, with the conflict ended and the evacuation of the PLO from Beirut complete, President Reagan speaks from the studios of KNBC-TV on America's policy for peace in the Middle East.
Reagan on His Economic Programs
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In his Saturday radio address on May 14, 1983, the last day of Small Business Week, President Ronald Reagan discusses the successes of entrepreneurs and new businesses in America.
Reagan Addresses British Parliament
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On June 8, 1982, in the first speech by an American president to a meeting of both houses of the British Parliament, President Ronald Reagan presents his hope for a future that would "leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history."
Reagan Calls for Chemical Weapons Ban
Reagan Calls for Chemical Weapons BanAudio Clip (2:29)
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On April 4, 1984, in his 23rd news conference broadcast live on radio and television, President Ronald Reagan publicly calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.
Reagan on Neutron Bomb Production
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In address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan defends his decision to authorize production of the controversial neutron bomb as a warhead for missiles and artillery.
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