The Reagan era began when Ronald reagan defeated jimmy carter in the 1980 election. Facing many issues at the time, reagan is known for his remarkable changes that saved america from economic disaster and communist threats.
Cold War Tensions: Extremely opposed to Communism, Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as the "evil empire." Extreme military spending occurred throughout the era resulting in major debt, but this action led to the decline of the Soviet Union and eventual collapse of the nation.
introduction of sdi: The strategic defense initiative, (known as sdi or star wars) was a new plan of military action that was said to put satellites in space and fire lasers from nuclear weapons. Although this was only a concept, it projected intense plans for future war use in this era of cold war tensions.
Reagan's policy of economics was coined "Reaganomics" and involved the use of the trickle-down strategy. This policy meant tax breaks on America's wealthiest so money could "trickle down" throughout the hierarchies of the economy and get money flowing through the system after the disastrous inflation issue under President nixon.
The trickle-down Strategy sparked intense controversy since some argued the economic policy only benefitted the rich and did not circulate throughout the middle and lower classes. Reagan also spent trillions to help the country, but created a huge debt america is still unable to pay off.