ERA 10: Contemporary United States (1968 to the present)

Reagan: His Place by History, by Richard Brookhiser

Guiding Questions

How is Reagan’s Presidency viewed by historians?

What criteria should history used to evaluate presidents?

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan


The American Heritage article does a nice job introducing the topic of historical distance and determining an effective presidency. Using the speeches at the beginning and end of Reagan’s time in office contrasted with the discussions of his presidency with a comparison to Clinton’s presidency along with the political cartoon will provide plenty of material for students to debate Reagan’s place in history.

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