Ronald Reagan Research Paper

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Ronald Wilson Reagan. The “Great Communicator”. Ronald Reagan’s presidency has gone down in history as possibly the best of all time. A former Hollywood actor, Ronald Reagan was elected as the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989) in 1981. He was born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois and was also known as “The Gipper”. When Reagan was elected he was the oldest person to have been elected as president of the United States. There were many accomplishments during his presidency; most of them can be attributed to his ability to lead people. In this paper, I will investigate why many feel Ronald Wilson Reagan was the best president in United States history. Reagan was a creative thinker. He had a fearless belief that…show more content…
He renounced the doctrine of “mutually assured destruction” which provided that if the Soviets launch a missile at us, before those missiles would land we would launch our missiles, and thus we would blow each other up. (Meese 1999) Ronald Reagan didn’t believe in this philosophy. He believed that it was too risky and that there was great a chance for accidents and…show more content…
Initially, he challenged the Soviets regarding their morality. The impact on the Soviets led to their respect for him which subsequently led to negotiations with Gorbachev. Finally, perhaps one of the most important parts of the strategy was to roll back the previous aggression of the Soviet Union by supporting the freedom fighters in Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Poland and Angola. (Meese 1999) This resulted into what we know today as the end of the Cold War and the western world declaring victory. The Soviet Union dismantled their imperialistic policies which sparked freedom for many nations in the 1980s. A key reason as to why Ronald Reagan was successful in defeating the Soviet Union without even firing a shot was that the Reagan’s and the Gorbachev’s became friends. During a two week visit to the United States in 1992, Gorbachev and his wife Raisa traveled to Rancho del Cielo, California to visit the Reagan’s to have lunch and discuss the good old days. Reagan was a stern but likable leader who was respected around the world. What he as able to accomplish during his eight years in office have gone down in history as eight of the most significant years in American
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