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Discussion 1 Read Chapter 29 “The Triumph of the Right” in The American Yawp; and the article The Mixed Legacies of Ronald Reagan by Hugh Heclo. In particular, look on page 557 to the criteria that Heclo establishes for assessing a legacy:  “A legacy may entail something intended as well as unintended  It may involve conserving what we have as well as creating something new  It may consist of certain material conditions as well as the perception of those conditions  It may develop from what is accomplished, what is unsuccessfully attempted, or from what is simply left undone” Using the secondary sources above as evidence, consider the following in a post of at least 270 words:  What do you think are the most defining features of the “Reagan Legacy” on American politics?  How does American society of the 1980s and afterward still reflect this legacy?  Be sure to include additional factors that you think help inform an assessment of Ronald Reagan’s role in American politics. Discussion 2 Read Chapter 30 “The Recent Past” in The American Yawp and review the previous discussions. You may wish to consult an outside source for this discussion. If you do so, please be sure to cite it. Using the secondary sources above (as well as any others you choose) as evidence, consider the following in a post of at least 250 words:  Compare and contrast the United States' involvement in recent post-Cold War conflicts to another conflict in the twentieth century: World War One, World War Two, Korea, or the Vietnam War. o What were the motivations for US entry into the conflict you chose, and what goals did the presidents and other policy makers intend for the conclusions of those conflicts? o Consider the motivation for US military intervention in a conflict since the end of the Cold War. You may select from the list provided in the introduction to this activity, or choose another one. How was this intervention designed to serve US foreign policy interests? Did it accomplish its mission? Why or why not?
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Discussion 1: Ronald Reagan Legacy
Ronald Reagan rose to power in 1980 as the President of the United States and would later be
reelected in 1984 with 525 electoral votes, an all-time record. This reflected the role that Reagan
had played in his first term in office as a transformational leader and the implication of winning
during his second term with such a landslide reflected his ability to re-ignite Americans' optimism
and restored faith in the presidency among the American citizens. Reagan was also a major
influence in his Republican party given the fact that after his presidency, the Republicans would
control the house for the first time in 40 years during the 1994 elections.
Among the most outstanding actions of Reagan is that he managed to successfully strike a deal
with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the height of the cold war, thereby ending the cold war
subsequently (The American Yawp). Reagan actually managed to restore the federal system of
governance in the United States an...


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