Living in the Eighties

Paperback | November 5, 2009

EditorGil Troy, Vincent J. Cannato

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Some see the 1980s as a Golden Age, a "Morning in America" when Ronald Reagan revived America's economy, reoriented American politics, and restored Americans' faith in their country and in themselves. Others see the 1980s as a new "Gilded Age," an era that was selfish, superficial, glitzy,greedy, divisive, and destructive. This multifaceted exploration of the 1980s brings together a variety of voices from different political persuasions, generations, and vantage points. The volume features work by Reagan critics and Reagan fans (including one of President Reagan's closest aides, EdMeese), by historians who think the 1980s were a disastrous time, those who think it was a glorious time, and those who see both the blessings and the curses of the decade. Their essays examine everything from multiculturalism, Southern conservatism, and Reaganomics, to music culture, religion,crime, AIDS, and the city. A complex, thoughtful account of a watershed in our recent history, this volume will engage anyone interested in this pivotal decade.

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Some see the 1980s as a Golden Age, a "Morning in America" when Ronald Reagan revived America's economy, reoriented American politics, and restored Americans' faith in their country and in themselves. Others see the 1980s as a new "Gilded Age," an era that was selfish, superficial, glitzy,greedy, divisive, and destructive. This multifa...

Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University and the author of Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents and Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s, among other titles. Vincent J. Cannato is Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the author of Ame...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.51 inPublished:November 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Vincent J. Cannato and Gil Troy: Introduction: "Navigating Reagan and the Eighties: A Guide to the Issues, Clashes, Dilemmas"1. Gil Troy: "Ronald Reagan's 100-Day Revolution"2. Edwin Meese III: "The Conservative Renaissance: An Insider's Perspective,"3. Joseph Crespino: "Conservatism - and the South - Rise Again,"4. David Greenberg: "The Liberal Eclipse - and Reorientation,"5. Vincent J. Cannato: "Bright Lights, Doomed Cities: The Rise or Fall of New York City in the 1980s,"6. Sara Evans: "Madonna Feminism: Steps Forward and Back in the 80s,"7. Mark Brilliant: "The Disuniting of America?: The Rise of Multiculturalism,"8. Kim Phillips-Fein: "Reaganomics: The Rise of the Yuppie, the Decline of Labor, the Lure of Wall Street,"9. Peter Schweitzer: "Did Ronald Reagan Make the Berlin Wall Fall Down?"10. Steve Greenberg: "Just Where is Graceland?: 80s Pop Culture through Music,"11. Bruce J. Schulman: "The Privatization of Everyday Life: Public Policy, Public Services and Public Space in Reagan's America,"12. Lauren F. Winner: "Reaganizing Religion: Changing Political and Cultural Norms among Evangelicals in Ronald Reagan's America,"