By Andrew L. Johns
A spouse to Ronald Reagan evaluates in extraordinary element the occasions, rules, politics, and folks of Reagan’s management. It assesses the scope and impact of his numerous careers in the context of the days, delivering wide-ranging insurance of his management, and his legacy.
- Assesses Reagan and his impression 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 household coverage, with issues built-in thematically and chronologically
- Includes a piece on key figures linked politically and individually with Reagan
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That spring Alger Hiss began his prison sentence for perjury in the matter of passing documents to the Soviets through Whittaker Chambers. This would have a profound impact on Reagan’s political development. Many attribute Reagan’s political awakening, during which his hostility to liberalism originated and expanded, to the Chambers/Hiss case (Yager, 2006; Diggins, 2007; Troy, 2009). As an espionage agent, communist, and journalist in the 1930s, Whittaker Chambers worked for the Soviet Union until his Christian conversion in the late 1930s.
Reagan, 1989: 99) 28 L ori Clune According to Kimmage, Reagan knew by heart whole passages of Witness, including the portion in which Chambers observes his daughter’s ear, realizes it must be God’s creation, and determines he can no longer be an atheist (Kimmage, 2009: 205). According to Gil Troy, Chambers’s Witness, by “denouncing ‘godless’ Communism and lily-livered liberalism, transfixed Reagan” (Troy, 2009: 14). Edward M. Yager concurs, stating that Chambers’s depiction of a spiritual conflict between atheistic communism and the Judeo-Christian tradition allowed no room for accommodating the evil nature of communism and reinforced Reagan’s hardline views.
Cannon argues that Reagan “emerged from these experiences as a lifelong anti-Communist” (2003: 94). According to Garry Wills, by 1947 Reagan was still largely a Democrat, but he acknowledged that communism threatened the United States, particularly in the labor movement, and he feared that many were naïve about this danger (Willis, 2000 : 337). Reagan sided with “big business” in the fight against communists in Hollywood and proved that the actor’s “views were conservative, business-oriented and actively antiCommunist from 1947 on” (306).
A Companion to Ronald Reagan by Andrew L. Johns