#96   Reagan Four More Years   ch 26

Last Update: November 16, 2015

OK PASS Objectives

Election of 1984

Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro were the Democratic candidates

What was the margin of victory for Reagan in the election of 1984?

Reagan won 49 of 50 of the states popular votes.

Content Standard 6:

J. Compare and contrast conservative and liberal economic strategies, including the positions of political parties and interest groups  on major issues to the present.

 

 

     Cold War Thaw

Decline of the Soviet Union

Reasons why the Soviet Union collapsed.

1.  Under Communism (where the state gives you a job) there was little incentive to work hard or improve their skills.

2.  Soviets spent time & money on weapons so they could not provide basic food, clothing and shelter for its people.

3.  Communists public image and economy was collapsing as Reagan and others called it the Evil Empire.

4.  TV shows depicting American social life were seen in the Communist enslaved states and the people asked, why can't we live like that?

 

 


Star Wars 
SDI   spaceage weaponry the Soviets couldn't match.

Watch Laser Weapons That's Impossible 4 min video

 

Mikhail Gorbachev tries to save the Soviet Union through

    1.  Perestroika    "restructuring"

    2.  Glasnost          "openness"

    3.  By 1990  the Russian people elected Boris Yeltsin he resigned from the Communist Party, and declared the 15 Soviet Bloc countries free.

Watch 8 min video Reagan Ends the Cold War
and 80s Rocks Reagan and Gorbachav discuss Star Wars 7 min video.

 

C. Examine the technology revolution and its impact on communication, transportation, and industry.

 

E. Analyze the reasons for the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, and relate the end of the Cold War to new challenges to the United States’ leadership role in the world.

Other events in the 1980s

  1.  Challenger  space shuttle that exploded shortly after launching in 1986   First teacher astronaut died in this tragedy.  We watched video of explosion on Thursday

  2.  Christa McAuliffe, a high school teacher from New Hampshire—died in the accident.

Watch: End of Cold War New Threats Today 4 min video .

3.  1983 South Korean airline apparently strayed into Soviet Airspace, and was shot down by the Communists.  269 people were killed.  

Korean AirLines video

   4.  Soviets invaded Afghanistan and the U.S. supplied the Afgans with Stinger missiles which wiped out the Soviet helicopter fleet.

  5.  Lebanon 1983:  US barracks attack killing 261 marines

  6.  Libyan raid:  Reagan orders the bombing of the terrorist training sites.

  7.  INF Treaty with new Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to remove all medium range missiles from Europe.

 

 

 

E. Analyze the reasons for the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, and relate the end of the Cold War to new challenges to the United States’ leadership role in the world.

Election of 1988

George H.W. Bush (Reagan's Vice-President for 8 years) and Dan Quayle won over Michael Dukakis

 
   

Photo Credits:

Election of 1984: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/ElectoralCollege1984-Large.png

Mondale Ferraro: http://www.hudsonlibrary.org/hudson%20website

Soviet End: http://www.unc.edu/depts/issp/im/end-su.gif

Gobachev: http://staff.harrisonburg.k12.va.us/~cwalton/USHistory/Gorbachev.jpg

KAL 007 : http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_uRX1wGVlxMw/

Election of 1988: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http:

Bush Quayle button: http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/50661672.jpg