American Elections and Campaigns – The 1970s: From Corruption to Stagnation

After a full four-year term, Nixon unanimously earned the Republican nomination for president in the 1972 election. His presidency was generally well-received for several reasons. In diplomacy, Nixon managed to open communications with the People’s Republic of China, and heralded the era of détente - a de-escalation of Cold War tensions - with the Soviet … Continue reading American Elections and Campaigns – The 1970s: From Corruption to Stagnation

American Elections and Campaigns – Divisions of the 1960s

The 1960s saw the United States go through several long-term changes in its political and social characteristics, and have been generally described by historians as a decade of domestic and foreign instability. John F. Kennedy maintained a generally-consistent approval level during his presidency. Through 1961 to 1963, he led the United States through the Cuban … Continue reading American Elections and Campaigns – Divisions of the 1960s

1942 + 80 Years – Operation Uranus: Turning the Tide in Europe

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin shaking hands with German Minister of Foreign Affairs Joachim von Ribbentrop after signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact at the Kremlin, 1939. (Bundesarchiv - German Federal Archives) Elements of the German 3rd Panzer Army advancing through Belarus during Operation Barbarossa, 1941. (Public Domain) Soviet soldiers operating an anti-aircraft gun in defense of … Continue reading 1942 + 80 Years – Operation Uranus: Turning the Tide in Europe

American Elections and Campaigns – The 1960s: “Firsts for the New Decade”

The presidential election of 1960 brought with it a pair of “firsts” for American politics. It was the first presidential election with the new states of Alaska and Hawaii, and the first where both candidates were born in the 20th century. John F. Kennedy - a Navy veteran and Democratic Senator from Massachusetts - faced … Continue reading American Elections and Campaigns – The 1960s: “Firsts for the New Decade”

1942 + 80 Years – Operation Watchtower: Going on the Offensive in the Pacific

U.S. Navy SBD-3 Dauntless airplanes preparing to attack the Japanese cruiser Mikuma during the Battle of Midway, June 1942. (National Archives and Records Administration) Photograph of the Japanese-built airfield - later called Henderson Field - on the island of Guadalcanal, July 1942. (Public Domain) U.S. Marines landing on the island of Guadalcanal on August 7, … Continue reading 1942 + 80 Years – Operation Watchtower: Going on the Offensive in the Pacific

American Elections and Campaigns – The 1950s: “Selling the Presidency like cereal…”

While the television had been used previously in politics, the 1952 presidential election was the first that saw both mainline parties using the medium prominently. After declining the offer in the previous election, Dwight D. Eisenhower agreed to run for president in 1952 on the Republican ticket. Adlai Stevenson II - the grandson of William … Continue reading American Elections and Campaigns – The 1950s: “Selling the Presidency like cereal…”

1942 + 80 Years – Operation Torch: Breakthrough in North Africa

German field marshal Erwin Rommel observing the Battle of Alam el Halfa from a Sd.Kfz. 250, September 1942. (Bundesarchiv - German Federal Archives) British soldiers advancing during the Second Battle of El Alamein, October 1942. (Imperial War Museum) Soldiers from the British Indian Army standing at attention in North Africa, October 1940. Over 2.5 million … Continue reading 1942 + 80 Years – Operation Torch: Breakthrough in North Africa

New Blog Series: 1942 + 80 Years – Turning the Tide in World War II

Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill seated at the Tehran Conference, 1943. (Library of Congress) To commemorate the 80th year anniversary of the subject matter - as well as to observe and recognize Veterans Day - the Reagan Library Education Blog is pleased to announce its newest educational series on three major battles … Continue reading New Blog Series: 1942 + 80 Years – Turning the Tide in World War II

American Elections and Campaigns – 1945 to 1948: The Onset of Television and the Cold War

After the radio’s ascent to global prominence in the early 20th century, the television was the next major step in telecommunications technology. Much like the radio, the earliest television prototypes emerged among different inventors and scientists across the world in the 19th century. While their methods differed, the common idea was to transmit moving images … Continue reading American Elections and Campaigns – 1945 to 1948: The Onset of Television and the Cold War

American Elections and Campaigns – 1900 to 1945: Campaigning Over the Air Waves

Left: Advertisement for the Hearst Newspaper chain, c. 1920. (Public Domain) Advertisement promoting music concerts broadcasted over the radio, c. 1920. (Public Domain) The evolution of technology has historically progressed alongside changes in mass media and politics. American elections and campaigns are no exceptions to this trend, as the newspaper reigned supreme in mass media … Continue reading American Elections and Campaigns – 1900 to 1945: Campaigning Over the Air Waves