By Andrew L. Johns
A significant other to Ronald Reagan evaluates in unheard of aspect the occasions, rules, politics, and other people of Reagan’s management. It assesses the scope and impact of his a variety of careers in the context of the days, supplying wide-ranging insurance of his management, and his legacy.
- Assesses Reagan and his influence at the improvement of the United States based on new documentary proof and engagement with the newest secondary literature
- Offers a mixture of historiographic chapters dedicated to overseas and family coverage, with subject matters built-in thematically and chronologically
- Includes a piece on key figures linked politically and individually with Reagan
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He likewise roots the resurgent Cold War of the 1980s in the countersubversive mindset created by films such as Murder in the Air and the subsequent spate of anticommunist movies produced in the early Cold War (Rogin, 1987: 1–43). ” In his anecdotes, Reagan often confused the movies with real life. Moreover, Fitzgerald suggests that, as president, Reagan frequently summoned the skills he had honed in Hollywood. Since his “Star Wars” program was “beyond the reach of technology,” selling it to the American public required convincing millions to suspend their disbelief.
Is to ‘purge’ the motion picture industry of Communist Party members” (1987: 298–307). Anticommunism, however, spread across Hollywood’s political spectrum in the late 1940s and in the 1950s, and Reagan’s active involvement in MPIC did not automatically place him on the right. In fact, since the Motion Picture Industry Council served as a clearance board for misguided liberals and repentant former communists, its inauguration in 1949 was greeted by the FBI and their conservative Hollywood allies with great skepticism.
As president of the SAG, Reagan testified as a cooperative witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) on October 23, 1947. Explaining recent labor struggles in the industry, he emphasized communist infiltration in the film industry. However, as Lou Cannon explains in Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power, Reagan “walked a fine line. While agreeing that communists sought to control the film industry, he had argued that no measures beyond vigorous democratic trade unionism were needed to combat them.