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Reckoning with ReaganAmerica and Its President in the 1980s$
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Michael Schaller

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195090499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090499.001.0001

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(p.179) Conclusion
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Reckoning with Reagan
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Michael Schaller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090499.003.0007

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the accomplishments and achievements of Ronald Reagan as U.S. president. Reagan achieved many of the symbolic goals he had pledged to strive for, including the reduction of federal tax rates and improved relations with the Soviet Union. He retired with a public approval rating of 70 percent, higher than any president since Franklin Roosevelt. However, Reagan also left a number of economic, social and environment problems. These include the Iran-Contra affair and an increase in federal debt. In addition, his administration's approach to a variety of social problems, such as teenage pregnancy and AIDS remained essentially negative.

Keywords:   Ronald Reagan, American president, federal tax reduction, Soviet relations, Soviet Union, public approval, social problems

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