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Lecture 47, Part 2 - The 1980s

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Department
History
Course
History 2301E
Professor
Aldona Sendzikas
Semester
Winter

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Lecture 47, Part 2 – The 1980s  Iran-Contra Scandal cont. o Administration tried to take the hit, but showed Reagan didn’t know what was going on in his own administration o Iran-Contra Hearings  Oliver North on trial, said he did everything in the name of patriotism  14 people charged, President Bush issued 6 pardons later  Reagan’s popularity suffered, but rebounded  Left with the highest approval rating since FDR  Mikhail Gorbachev o Saw need for reform in the Soviet Union, started restructuring program  Improving relationship with US and greater openness  Attended summit meeting with Reagan, Gorbachev wanted to abolish all nuclear weapons, but Reagan refused  George H.W. Bush o 1988: Reagan’s vice president George H.W. Bush won the election  Naval aviator, from Connecticut, later drawn into Texas for oil o 1989: Berlin Wall torn dow
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