Regan Era Logan weaver

AIDS

- a big deal during the time period

- started with gay men and was known as the "gay plague"

- C Everett Coop caused government to spend 1.3 billion dollars to search for a cure

- brought attention to gay rights and drug abusers

WAR ON DRUGS

- used to define and reduce illegal drug trade

- Reagan increased punishments and penalties

- "Just say no" campaign: used to discourage children from recreational drug use

CIVIL RIGHTS

MINORITIES

- African Americans were now able to vote

- some held political positions

WOMENS RIGHTS

- jobs that used to be denied to women were now attainable

- Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman to be on Supreme Court

- the majority of Americans were against abortion

- Roe v Wade: legalized abortion

- Equal Rights Amendment was defeated

WEALTH GAP

- the wealth gap grew exponentially

- top 5th of American's income increased by 23%

- bottom 5th of American’s income increased by 9%

- wages remained stagnant

REAGANOMICS

SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS

- supply is more than what is demanded

- causes prices to be lowered so more products will be bought

TRICKLE DOWN THEORY

- rich get a tax break -->

- top 10% won't spend for personal use, but rather invest in other companies -->

- this will provide the middle class with jobs

CONSERVATIVE SHIFT

“PUBLIC ACTION TO PRIVATE INTEREST”

- less federal programs --> more community work

NEW RIGHT

- emphasized such social issues as opposition to abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment, pornography, homosexuality, and affirmative action

CONSERVATIVE COALITION

- motivated by fears of excessive federal spending and the expansion of federal power

MORAL MAJORITY

- Evangelical Christian organization that aroused its members to fervent support of Reagan and the Republican party in the 1980s - conservative based

COLD WAR

- increased military spending

- Star War (SDI): space-based nuclear defense system, officially called the Strategic Defense Initiative --> increase in nuclear arsenal

- SALT: limited US and Russia to 200 ABMs

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