Example research essay topic: Ald Reagan – 1,026 words Essay
Reagan, Ronald Wilson (1911- ),the 40th president
of the United States (1981-1989), enforced the
policies that reversed a general direction of
movement toward greater government involvement in
economic and social regulation. Reagan as the
younger of two sons, was born in Tampico, Illinois
and spent most of his childhood in Dixon,
Illinois. After studying at Eureka College,a small
Disciples of Christ college near Peoria, Illinois,
he majored in economics, and became the president
of the student body, a member of the football
team, and captain of the swimming team. He had
special drawings toward acting, but after the
graduation in 1932 the only job available related
to show business was as a local radio
sportscaster. In 1936 he became a sportscaster for
station WHO in Des Moines, Iowa. A year latter,
Reagan went to Hollywood and began an acting
career that spanned more than 25 years.
in more than 50 films, including Knute Rockne-All
American (1940), King’s Row (1942), and Bedtime
for Bonzo (1951). Reagan’s first political
activities were associated with his
responsibilities as a union leader. As union
president, Reagan tried to remove suspected
Communists from the movie industry. When the U.S.
House Committee. Began an investigation in 1947 on
the influence of Communists in the film industry,
Reagan took a strong anti-Communist stand
testifying before the committee. Reagan emerged on
the national political scene in 1964 when he made
fervent television speech supports for the
Republican presidential candidate, United States
Senator Barry Goldwater from Arizona.
election was lost, Reagan’s speech brought in
money and admiration from Republicans around the
country. After the speech a group of Republicans
in California persuaded Reagan to run for governor
of California in 1966. Reagan appealed to
traditional Republican voters. He defeated Edmund
G. (Pat) Brown, Sr., Democrat, by almost a million
votes. Reagan spent years making political friends
at party fund-raising dinners around the country.
In the election of 1980 for the president, the
candidates were Carter and Reagan.
between the television personalities of two
candidates was very important to people. Carters
nervous manner had never been popular to people,
while Reagans charm and happy face was a call for
return to patriotism, which appealed to the
public. Many voters believed that Reagan was
forceful leader who could get their lives in shape
and who could restore prosperity at home. In 1980
Reagan won the election , receiving 51 percent to
Carters 41 percent. As president, Reagan defined
his management style as “to identify the problem,
find the right individuals to do the job, and then
let them go to it.” Reagan’s main function in his
presidency was described as “the great
communicator.” Reagan also received strong support
from religious groups, who were unhappy about what
they saw as decreasing respect for religion in
public life and about increasing respect to sex
and drugs, that had emerged in the late 1960s.
These groups had little in common, and stood on
Reagans side to make changes. Reagan also
controlled a solid majority over middle class and
working class Americans, many of them were the
once who had supported the Democratic Party.
won their support with his positive declaration
that the federal government imposed taxation high
and had grown too large to control over people.
Reagan spoke out in public against what overgrown
government bureaucracy, expensive social programs,
and federal regulatory agencies that interrupted
in the private lives and business dealings of U.S.
citizens. His strength in the 1980 election helped
the Republicans win a majority in the Senate for
the first time in 26 years. With more control of
the House, Democrats had the ability to stop and
block many of Reagans plans but his strengths of
approaching to people directly and his abilities
as a speaker did a lot to influence public. On
March 30, 1981, John W. Hinckley shot Reagan in
the chest during an assassination attempt. John
has santed to court and later they found Hinckley
was not guilty because of insanity.
sented to a mental hospital. After the
assassinations attempt the support for Reagan
increased public support for Reagan. In 1984 the
Republicans nominated Reagan and Bush for a second
term. Reagan promised to keep taxes down, and won
59 percent of the popular vote and carried 49
states. In the 1986 elections the Democrats
regained control of the Senate. During his last
two years in office, unable to run for reelection
himself, Reagan found it harder to get his
legislative proposals finished.
In the Middle
East, Reagan came out several times with U.S.
forces to help out with army and military needs.
In the early 1980s, armed conflict broke out in
Lebanon between the Christian government and a
number of Muslim groups. In effort to strengthen
the Christian government, Reagan sent marines to
Lebanon to help out. In October 1983 a bomb killed
nearly 250 marines and other U.S. service members
at their Beirut headquarters. In 1986 a bomb in a
West German dance club killed an U.S. soldier and
Reagan claimed that Libya was
responsible for the bombing activities, retaliated
with air strikes against several Libyan cities on
April 15, 1986 and related to the supporting of
Christian government in Libya. The President
Reagan was one of the greatest presidents.
Majorities of people were amassed of how great
union leader he was. I was impressed with his
courage and motivation that he gave to American
people. More Americans were working than ever
before and new businesses were being started up in
the country. The President Reagan always had sense
for humor and smile on his face. He was a great
leader for our country.
His great courage was
shown during the assassination when he was very
close to dying. Still then, in the hard moments of
life, he had sense of humor. When he arrived at
the hospital he made his famous comment to
doctors; I hope somebody is a Republican in this
crowd. He was a great dictator and communicator.
Reagan explained in his own words; I was not a
great communicator, but I communicated great
things. He also said; everyone can rise as high
and as far as his ability will take him, and he
pointed his own beginnings as proof. Bibliography:.