Ronald ReaganOCOs victory in the 1980 presidential election
marked a watershed moment in the history of the United States,
heralding the triumph of the American conservative movement. Once a
supporter of the New Deal, Reagan had come to symbolize the union
of three diverse forms of conservatismOCoanti-communism, social
traditionalism, and libertarianismOCothat were increasingly
intertwined under the banner of the Republican Party. The unlikely
development of this new conservative coalition was based upon the
larger impacts of the civil rights movement in reshaping the
dynamics of the Democratic and Republican parties, the social
backlash of the Nixon era, the emergence of the religious right,
and the economic and political crises that directly set the stage
for ReaganOCOs stunning victory.
In five original, engaging chapters, "The 1980 Presidential
Election" shows how ReaganOCOs journey to the White House was
connected to the wider transformations of post-1945 American
history. Supplemented by a fresh collection of primary
documentsOCoincluding previously unpublished transcripts of
ReaganOCOs radio addresses of the late-1970sOCothis book is an
ideal introduction to the origins and impact of the American
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