topics for your research paper
of the course
about reading set books in this course
Classes: handouts and discussion questions
of Gil Troy's Morning
PBS's American Experience
on Reagan's life and
career, with a full
transcript of the documentaries .
Bibliographies on Reagan
illustrating the history of the decade.
The Tehran hostage crisis
the resue attempt.
Documents relating to the Iran-Contra affair.
CNN series on the
of the Cold War.
Resources on the
Savings and Loans crisis.
The history of
history of the decade.
Chronicles for events in women’s history .
This site lists the major
films of the
era: it also leads to many
other pop culture resources of the 1980s.
The Eighties Club offers
rich sources on popular culture and social history, including television
shows of the decade.
books of the 1970s and 1980s are listed here.
Some major films
of the decade, including many potential choices for your first
You can of course retrieve a huge range of visual
resources, including useful editorial cartoons, by using Google Images.
These often provide great illustrative materials for your papers.
General resources for political history:
Note the collections of documents and related materials (often
searchable) available at all these libraries. The Carter
is listed here; Reagan
materials here. This latter contains all the public papers of the
The American Presidency
Project (many documents).
PBS documentary on
Jimmy Carter, again with documents.
Web resources for modern US history.
Significant documents and speeches of the period:
inaugural speech, 1977
“National Malaise” speech 1979
Carter/Reagan Presidential debates, 1980
inaugural speech, 1981
“Evil Empire” speech, 1982
SDI (“Star Wars”) speech 1983
Reagan/Mondale Presidential debates, 1984
second inaugural 1985
Miscellaneous but useful documents about the presidencies of Carter and Reagan.
major speeches - very useful resources! See also speeches
This site gives Presidential
election results for the relevant years, broken down by electoral
vote, popular vote, and state returns.
The National Security Archive
gives links to important documents, but the site comes from a
point of view (OK, so do the presidential libraries!)
For Cold War history, an essential source is the National Security Decision
Directives of the Reagan administration.