Primary Source Documents
bullet 1969-1989: Diplomacy of Detente and the Waning of the Cold War
bullet The 1980 Presidential Campaign (American Museum of Moving Images)
bullet 1980s Ads - Google Images Search Results
bullet The 1980s (economics)
bullet The 1980s and 1990s Video Almanac List  (CNN)
bullet The 1984 Presidential Campaign (American Museum of Moving Images)
bullet The 1988 Presidential Campaign (American Museum of Moving Images)
bullet The 1980s and 1990s on CNN - chronology of key events with video clips
bullet 1989: The Wall Comes Tumbling Down lecture
bullet Achille Lauro Hijacking
bullet Affirmative Action and Diversity Project
bullet American Cultural History:  1980-1989
bullet Ann Frances (Nancy) Davis Reagan
bullet The Bernhard Goetz Trial (1987)
bullet The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 Over Lockerbie
bullet The Bush Presidency - popularity chart
bullet "The Christian Coalition (Part II)" - lecture by Prof. Terry Matthews (Wake Forest Univ.)
bullet The Christian Right
bullet Chronology of the Equal Rights Amendment:  1923-1996
bullet Chronology of Ronald Reagan's Presidency: 1979-1989 (Reagan Presidential Library)
bullet Chronology on the History of Slavery and Racism:  1830-end
bullet Civil Rights Movement (Spartacus)
bullet Cold War International History Project
bullet The Cold War Museum
bullet Cold War Policies:  1945-1991
bullet Cold War Timeline (Wikipedia)
bullet "Corporate Body Snatachers" - Herblock's political cartoons on the Key Issues of the 1980s
bullet The Day Reagan Was Shot (NPR)
bullet Documents Related to the Iran-Contra Affair
bullet Environmental History Timeline
bullet Executive Orders - President Bush
bullet Executive Orders - President Reagan
bullet General Images of The 1980s - Google Image Search Results
bullet George H. W. Bush (The American Experience, PBS)
bullet George Herbert Walker Bush - POTUS site
bullet George Herbert Walker Bush - Miller Institute, University of Virginia
bullet Herblock's History:  Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millenium
bullet Historical Census Browser:   1980
bullet Howard Jarvis's Taxpayers Association
bullet In the 80s
bullet Labor History Timeline: 1648-2005
bullet Major Events in:  1980    1981    1982    1983    1984    1985    1986    1987    1988    1989
bullet Map-->"Wars and Atrocities in the Fourth Quarter of the 20c:  1975-2000"
bullet "Modernism and Abstraction" - art works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
bullet The National Archives Learning Curve | Cold War
bullet Newsfile:  Ronald Reagan (Time Magazine)
bullet NuclearFiles.org - many documents
bullet Pat Robertson
bullet Presidential Election Results (map & stats) --  1980     1984     1988
bullet "The Pressures of PATCO--Strikes and Stress in the 1980s" - essay by Rebecca Pels
bullet "The Religious Right and The Christian Coalition" - lecture by Prof. Terry Matthews (Wake Forest Univ.)
bullet Reagan (The American Experience PBS series)
bullet Ronald Reagan - POTUS site
bullet Ronald Reagan - Miller Institute, University of Virginia
bullet Ronald Reagan Approval Chart - Wall Street Journal
bullet Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
bullet The San Francisco Earthquake of 1989
bullet Supply-Side Economics
bullet The Trial of John Hinckley, Jr. (1982)
bullet "The U.S. Air Raid on Libya in April 1986" - A Confidental Soviet Account from the Stasi Archives by Bernd Schäfer
bullet Women in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

 
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bullet 1940-90:  Budget Deficits, 1940-1990 - chart
bullet 1940-95:  US military (national defense) outlays, 1940-95
bullet 1945-90:  Defense Expenditures, Armed Forces Strength - chart
bullet 1950-85:  Women in the Workforce, 1950-1985 - chart
bullet 1960-85:  American Birthrate, 1960-1985 - chart
bullet 1960-90:  Consumer Price Index, 1960-1990 - chart
bullet 1980:  1980 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1980:  Anderson-Reagan Presidential Debate (9/21)
bullet 1980:  Carter-Reagan Presidential Debate (10/28)
bullet 1980:  Democratic Party Platform          Republican Party Platform
bullet 1980:  "Fears on Rise About Growing Role of Religion in Election Campaign" - The New York Times (9/23)
bullet 1980:  President Carter's Third State of the Union Address
bullet 1980:  "Reagan Easily Beats Carter;  Republicans Gain in Congress" - The New York Times - front page with text (11/3)
bullet 1980:  "Reagan's Record - Ronald Reagan campaign TV ad
bullet 1980:  Statement on Capital Punishment - U. S. Catholic Bishops
bullet 1981:  1981 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1981:  Address to the Nation on the Economy - Ronald Reagan (2/5)
bullet 1981:  Economic Recovery Plan - President Reagan's address to a joint session of Congress (4/28)
bullet 1981:  First Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan
bullet 1981:  "Guatemala-  What Next?" - State Dept. Memo (10/5)
bullet 1981:  "How to Wreck the Economy" - Lester Thurow
bullet 1981:  Jimmy Carter's Farewell Address (1/14)
bullet 1981:  President Carter's Fourth State of the Union Address
bullet 1981:  Interview With Reporters on Federalism - Ronald Reagan (11/19)
bullet 1981:  Michael M. v. Superior Court -- issue of equal rights
bullet 1981:  Statement on Federal Employment of Discharged Air Traffic Controllers - Ronald Reagan (12/9)
bullet 1981:  Statement on Federal Income Tax Reductions - Ronald Reagan (4/15)
bullet 1981:  Statement on Signing the Executive Order Establishing the Presidential Advisory Committee on Federalism - Ronald Reagan (4/8)
bullet 1981:  Widmar v. Vincent -- student-initiated religious speech issue
bullet 1982:  1982 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1982:  The Boland Amendment to the War Powers Act of 1973 (12/8)
bullet 1982:  Mississippi Univ. for Women v. Hogan -- issue of separate, but equal
bullet 1982:  Plyler v Doe -- issue of rational basis tests and the denial of public education to undocumented alien children
bullet 1982:  Quilici vs Morton Grove (7th Cir.) - issue of the right to bear arms
bullet 1982:  Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer - Ronald Reagan (9/18)
bullet 1982:  Ronald Reagan's "Evil Empire" Speech
bullet 1982:  "Sun Mad Raisins -- Unnaturally Grown With Insecticides, Miticides, Herbacides, Fungucides" - poster
bullet 1983:  1983 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1983:  Address to the Nation on Defense and National Security (3/23) - Ronald Reagan
bullet 1983:  Address to the National Association of Evangelicals - Ronald Reagan
bullet 1983:  Bob Jones University v. United States
bullet 1983:  Bombing of the United States Embassy in Beirut - speech by President Reagan (4/18)
bullet 1983:  "The Challenge of Peace" - pastoral letter on nuclear deterrence by the U. S. Catholic Bishops
bullet 1983:  CIA "Freedom Fighter Manual" for Contra rebels
bullet 1983:  "Guatemala- Prospects for Political Moderation" - An Intelligence Assessment (Aug.)
bullet 1983:  Marsh v Chambers -- issue of the violation of the Establishment Clause
bullet 1983:  Mueller v. Allen
bullet 1983:  Radio Address to the Nation on Federal Income Taxes - Ronald Reagan (4/9)
bullet 1983:  Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals - President Reagan (3/8)
bullet 1984:  Address by Cesar Chavez, President of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO - The Commonwealth Club of California (11/9)
bullet 1984:  1984 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1984:  Bush-Ferraro Vice-Presidential Debate (10/11)
bullet 1984:  Democratic Party Platform          Republican Party Platform
bullet 1984:  First Reagan-Mondale Debate (10/7)
bullet 1984:  "Geraldine Ferraro  America's First Woman Vice-Pres." - campaign button
bullet 1984:  Governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY) delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention (7/16)
bullet 1984:  "Guatemala- Political Violence Up" - State Dept. Analysis Sheet (2/23)
bullet 1984:  "Inspiration From the Land Where Dreams Come True" - speech by Geraldine Ferraro. U.S. Democratic Vice Presidential Nomination
bullet 1984:  Jesse Jackson launches campaign for President, Philadelphia, PA (1/16)
bullet 1984:  Lynch v. Donnelly - government-sponsored Nativity scenes
bullet 1984:  "My Case for Reagan" - T. Boone Pickens
bullet 1984:  President Reagan's Speech at Pointe de Hoc on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day
bullet 1984:  Radio Address to the Nation on the American Family - Ronald Reagan (6/16)
bullet 1984:  Radio Address to the Nation on Environmental Issues - Ronald Reagan (7/14)
bullet 1984:  Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer in Schools - Ronald Reagan (2/25)
bullet 1984:  Radio Address to the Nation on Recommendations of the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America - Ronald Reagan (1/14)
bullet 1984:  Remarks at the Normandy Invasion Ceremony at Omaha Beach, France - President Reagan (6/6)
bullet 1984:  Remarks at the U.S. Ranger Monument at Pointe Du Hoc, France - President Reagan (6/6)
bullet 1984:  "Renew America's Strength With Great American Values" - Ronald Reagan campaign button
bullet 1984:  Roberts vs. United States Jaycees -- issue of freedom not to associate
bullet 1984:  Second Reagan-Mondale Debate (10/21)
bullet 1984:  Speech on the Strategic Defense Initiative [SDI] - President Reagan (12/28)
bullet 1984:  The Supply-Side Revolution - Paul Craig Roberts
bullet 1984:  "Train" - Ronald Reagan campaign TV ad
bullet 1985:  1985 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1985:  Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Center -- issue of rational basis test
bullet 1985:  Garcia v. San Antonio Transit Authority
bullet 1985:  The New Class (Yuppies) - Patricia Morrisroe
bullet 1985:  New Jersey vs T. L. O. -- issue of student searches
bullet 1985:  Second Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan
bullet 1985:  "She Unnames Them" - Ursula K. Le Guin in The New Yorker (1/21)
bullet 1985:  Speech to the American Security Council Foundation - Bill Chapell
bullet 1985:  "U.S. Policy Toward Iran," The White House, Draft National Security Decision Directive (NSDD), secret (6/17)
bullet 1985-90:  The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations - declassified documents from the National Security Archives on the Iran-Contra Scandal
bullet 1986:  1986 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1986:  Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
bullet 1986:  Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser - issue of free speech rights of students
bullet 1986:  "Citizens of Character Must Get Involved" - Pat Roberson speech (2/5)
bullet 1986:  "Economic Justice for All: Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy" - U. S. Catholic Bishops
bullet 1986:  The Failure of the Reagan Revolution - David A. Stockman
bullet 1986:  "Guatemala’s Disappeared 1977-86" - State Dept. Briefing (3/28)
bullet 1986:  Immigration Reform and Control Act
bullet 1986:  Pat Robertson's speech launching his presidential bid (9/17)
bullet 1986:  President Reagan - speech defending arms sales to Iran
bullet 1986:  Presidential Libraries Act
bullet 1986:  "Reagan-Gorbachev Talks End in Stalemate as U.S. Rejects Demand to Curb ’Star Wars’" - NY Times - Bernard Gwertzman (10/13)
bullet 1986:  The Reykjavik File - Previously Secret Documents from U.S. and Soviet Archives on the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit - National Security Archives (George Washington University)
bullet 1986:  South Dakota v. Dole
bullet 1986:  Speech on the Shuttle Challenger Disaster- Ronald Reagan (1/28)
bullet 1986:  Summary of the Tax Reform Act (76 pages)
bullet 1986:  U. S. Sanctions Against South Africa
bullet 1986:  Various comments on the U. S. bombing of Libya
bullet 1987:  1987 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1987:  Brandenburg Gate speech - President Reagan (6/12)
bullet 1987:  Edwards vs  Aguillard -- issue of teaching evolution/creationism
bullet 1987:  Executive Summary, Independent Council's Report on Iran-Contra
bullet 1987:  McCleskey v. Kemp -- issue of race and the death penalty
bullet 1987:  President Reagan Speaks on the Iran-Contra Situation (3/4)
bullet 1988:  1988 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1988:  Agreement between the U. S. & the U. S. S. R. on Notifications of Launches of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and Submarine- Launched Ballistic Missiles (5/31)
bullet 1988:  Benson-Quayle Vice-Presidential Debate (10/5)
bullet 1988:  Bowen v. Kendrick - government aid to religious institutions or vocations
bullet 1988:  "Bush Elected by a 6-5 Margin with Solid G. O. P. Base in South;  Democrats Hold Both Houses" - The New York Times - front page with text
bullet 1988:  Democratic National Convention Address by Former Texas Governor Ann Richards (7/18)
bullet 1988:  Democratic Party Platform          Republican Party Platform
bullet 1988:  "Family & Children" - George H. W. Bush campaign TV ad
bullet 1988:  First Bush-Dukakis Presidential Debate (9/25)
bullet 1988:  Frisby v Schultz -- issue of the right to picket the home of an abortion doctor (restriction of free speech in the traditional public forum)
bullet 1988:  Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier -- issue of free speech rights for students
bullet 1988:  "An Insider's View of the Election" - William Schneider in The Atlantic Monthly (July)
bullet 1988:  Lloyd Bentsen-Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Debate (10/5)
bullet 1988:  Report on the accident to Boeing 747-121, N739PA at Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (12/21)
bullet 1988:  "Quayle Role As Phantom Of Campaign" - The New York Times (11/7)
bullet 1988:  Civil Liberties Act of 1988, "Restitution for World War II internment of Japanese-Americans and Aleuts" (8/10)
bullet 1988:  Second Bush-Dukakis Presidential Debate (10/13)
bullet 1988:  Thompson v. Oklahoma - death penalty for juveniles
bullet 1988:  Williamsburg Charter on the First Amendment
bullet 1989:  1989 Economic Statistics - Economy & Prices
bullet 1989:  Bush-Gorbachev Transcripts From Malta Summit (Dec.)
bullet 1989:  Cable from Warsaw to Secstate, “Election ’89- Solidarity’s Coming Victory-  Big or Too Big" (6/2)
bullet 1989:  Cable from Warsaw to Secstate, “Election ’89-  The Year of Solidarity" (4/19)
bullet 1989:  Cable from Moscow to Secstate, “If Solidarity Takes Charge, What Will the Soviets Do?" (8/16)
bullet 1989:  Cable from Warsaw to Secstate, “Poland Looks to President Bush" (6/27)
bullet 1989:  Executive Order 12667 - Presidential Records (1/16)
bullet 1989:  "Farewell Address" - President Reagan (1/11)
bullet 1989:  Flag Protection Act (1968 with 1989 amendment)
bullet 1989:  Inaugural Address of George Herbert Walker Bush
bullet 1989:  Richmond v. J. R. Croson -- issue of affirmative action and set-asides
bullet 1989:  Speaker of the House Jim Wright’s (D-TX) Resignation Speech (5/31)
bullet 1989:  Texas v. Johnson -- issue of flag burning
bullet 1989:  U. N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
bullet 1989:  Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Antonio
bullet 1989:  Webster v. Reproductive Health Services

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