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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

The Conservative Challenge (1980-1992)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Explain the rising influence of evangelical religious groups and the conservative backlash against the liberal media.

Describe how successful Ronald Reagan's first term was in establishing a conservative political agenda.

Discuss the three major objectives of Reagan's economic agenda and the degree to which they were attained.

Explain Reagan's foreign policy concerns and how these led to the Iran-Contra scandals.

Discuss the major international and domestic challenges facing the nation in the Bush administration, and why Bush lost his bid for reelection.