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In this engaging new book, Bradford Martin illuminates a different 1980s than many remember—one whose history has been buried under the celebratory narrative of conservative ascendancy. Ronald Reagan looms large in most accounts of the period, encouraging Americans to renounce the activist and liberal politics of the 1960s and ‘70s and embrace the resurgent conservative wave. But a closer look reveals that a sizable swath of Americans strongly disapproved of Reagans policies throughout his presidency. With a weakened Democratic Party scurrying for the political center, many expressed their dissatisfaction outside electoral politics.
 
Unlike the civil rights and Vietnam era protesters, activists of the 1980s often found themselves on the defensive, struggling to preserve the hard-won victories of the previous era. Their successes, then, were not in ushering in a new era of progressive reforms but in effecting change in areas from professional life to popular culture, while beating back an even more forceful political shift to the right. Martin paints an indelible portrait of these and other influential, but often overlooked, movements: from on-the-ground efforts to constrain the administrations aggressive Latin American policy and stave off a possible Nicaraguan war, to mock shanties constructed on college campuses to shed light on corporate Americas role in supporting the apartheid regime in South Africa. The result is a clearer, richer perspective on a turbulent decade in American life.

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In this engaging book, Bradford Martin illuminates a different 1980s than many remember—one whose history has been buried under the celebratory narrative of conservative ascendancy. Ronald Reagan looms large in most accounts of the period, encouraging Americans to renounce the activist and liberal politics of the 1960s and 70s and embrace the resurgent conservative wave. But a closer look reveals that a sizable swath of Americans strongly disapproved of Reagans policies throughout his presidency. With a weakened Democratic Party scurrying for the political center, many expressed their dissatisfaction outside electoral politics. Unlike the civil rights and Vietnam-era protesters, activists of the 1980s often found themselves on the defensive, struggling to preserve the hard-won victories of the previous era. Their successes, then, were not in ushering in a new era of progressive reforms but in effecting change in areas from professional life to popular culture, while beating back an even more forceful political shift to the right.

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The forgotten history of Reagans decade

In this engaging new book, Bradford Martin illuminates a different 1980s than we may rememberone whose history has been buried under the celebratory narrative of conservative ascendancy. Ronald Reagan looms large in most accounts of the period, encouraging Americans to effectively shrug off the activist politics of the 1960s and 1970s and wholeheartedly embrace his particular brand of social conservatism. But a closer look reveals that a sizable swath of Americans strongly disapproved of Reagans policies throughout his presidency. With the Democratic Party in tatters, many expressed their dissatisfaction in unorthodox ways.

Unlike the civil rights movement or flower power protesters, activists of the 1980s generally found themselves on the defensive, struggling to preserve hard-won victories from previous decades. Their successes, then, were not in ushering in a new era of progressive reforms but in prodding the government toward more moderate policy. On-the-ground interventionism helped to temper the administrations aggressive Latin American policy and stave off a possible Nicaraguan war, while mock shanties constructed on college campuses shed light on tacit American funding of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Martin examines these and other small but influential movements in this concise history.

About the Author

Bradford Martin is an associate professor of history at Bryant University in Rhode Island. He is the author of The Theater Is in the Street: Politics and Performance in Sixties America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809074617
Subtitle:
A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan
Author:
Martin, Bradford D
Author:
Martin, Bradford D.
Author:
Martin, Bradford
Publisher:
Hill and Wang
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120313
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,

In this engaging book, Bradford Martin illuminates a different 1980s than many remember—one whose history has been buried under the celebratory narrative of conservative ascendancy. Ronald Reagan looms large in most accounts of the period, encouraging Americans to renounce the activist and liberal politics of the 1960s and 70s and embrace the resurgent conservative wave. But a closer look reveals that a sizable swath of Americans strongly disapproved of Reagans policies throughout his presidency. With a weakened Democratic Party scurrying for the political center, many expressed their dissatisfaction outside electoral politics. Unlike the civil rights and Vietnam-era protesters, activists of the 1980s often found themselves on the defensive, struggling to preserve the hard-won victories of the previous era. Their successes, then, were not in ushering in a new era of progressive reforms but in effecting change in areas from professional life to popular culture, while beating back an even more forceful political shift to the right.

"Synopsis" by ,
The forgotten history of Reagans decade

In this engaging new book, Bradford Martin illuminates a different 1980s than we may rememberone whose history has been buried under the celebratory narrative of conservative ascendancy. Ronald Reagan looms large in most accounts of the period, encouraging Americans to effectively shrug off the activist politics of the 1960s and 1970s and wholeheartedly embrace his particular brand of social conservatism. But a closer look reveals that a sizable swath of Americans strongly disapproved of Reagans policies throughout his presidency. With the Democratic Party in tatters, many expressed their dissatisfaction in unorthodox ways.

Unlike the civil rights movement or flower power protesters, activists of the 1980s generally found themselves on the defensive, struggling to preserve hard-won victories from previous decades. Their successes, then, were not in ushering in a new era of progressive reforms but in prodding the government toward more moderate policy. On-the-ground interventionism helped to temper the administrations aggressive Latin American policy and stave off a possible Nicaraguan war, while mock shanties constructed on college campuses shed light on tacit American funding of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Martin examines these and other small but influential movements in this concise history.

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