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The Election of 1980
Publication Date: 3/2009
In November 1980, reeling from a stagnant economy and frustrated by the Iran hostage standoff, American voters went to the polls to choose a president. Would Jimmy Carter have been reelected had he successfully dealt with the Iran hostage and oil crisis? Students will see that the election of Ronald Reagan was more than just a change in leadership; it was a wholesale political shift that would remake the country—and an example of a reemerging conservatism that was happening throughout the Western world.
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