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The Reagan Manifesto

“A Time for Choosing” and its Influence

  • Eric D. Patterson
  • Jeffry H. Morrison
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Introduction

This book examines how Ronald Reagan’s electrifying 1964 televised speech, “A Time For Choosing,” ignited the conservative movement within the GOP. Ronald Reagan’s televised speech, or what many conservatives today simply call “The Speech,” was a call for action, telling Americans that now was “A Time for Choosing.” “The Speech” catapulted Reagan into national politics, the California governorship, and ultimately the presidency. The themes of the speech, including anti-Communism, strong national defense, and the need to protect the average American from taxes and bureaucracy, ignited the conservative movement in the GOP, resulting over time in the sidelining of the more liberal, establishment wing of the Republican Party. The contributors in this edited volume show how Ronald Reagan’s “coming out” speech on the national stage helped set the political agenda for the next three decades.  

Keywords

Reagan The Speech conservatism Republican foreign policy Cold War American Exceptionalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric D. Patterson
    • 1
  • Jeffry H. Morrison
    • 2
  1. 1.Robertson School of GovernmentRegent University Robertson School of GovernmentVirginia BeachUSA
  2. 2.Robertson School of GovernmentRegent University Robertson School of GovernmentVirginia BeachUSA

About the editors

Eric D. Patterson is Dean and Professor at the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, USA, and Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, USA.  

Jeffry H. Morrison is Professor of Government at Regent University, USA, and Director of Academics at the federal government's James Madison Foundation in Virginia, USA. 

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