Blog Archives

When Reagan Met Pope John Paul II

reagan and pope john paul ii

by Steve Berry On June 7, 1982, safe inside the Vatican behind closed doors, for the first time in history a pope and a president met alone. For 50 minutes Ronald Reagan and John Paul II spoke in private. To

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Contemporary History

Clinton’s America: The 1990s

The Age of Clinton

by Gil Troy Bill Clinton was ambitious, in the best sense of the word. He wanted to use the president’s bully pulpit to make history. He wanted to preserve traditional values with a liberal, open, pro-government but not big-government twist.

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Contemporary History

The Grateful Dead in the Age of Reagan

no-simple-highway

by Peter Richardson Much to my surprise, one of the key characters in my cultural history of the Grateful Dead turned out to be Ronald Reagan. Both as California governor and as president, Reagan was an ideal foil for the

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Contemporary History

President Ronald Reagan and Libya

President Reagan briefing with National Security Council Staff

By Callie Oettinger In his April 14, 1986 address to the nation on the United States Air Strike Against Libya,  President Reagan reported: “At 7 o’clock this evening eastern time air and naval forces of the United States launched a series

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Contemporary History

President Ronald Regan: Grenada and Beirut

By Callie Oettinger October 23, 1983, a suicide bomber killed 241 Marines in Beirut. Just a few days later, October 25, 1983, U.S. Force invaded Grenada. October 27, 1983, President Reagan addressed the nation, about Grenada and Beirut: “This past

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Contemporary History

The History Reader Newsletter