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Jerry Falwell

-the leader of Moral Majority

Moral Majority

-an organization that wanted to follow the Bible and revive the traditional values they believed had strengthened the country in the past.


-an economic program's main goal: spur business growth
-rested on the theory of supply side economics
-this theory reversed earlier policies based on the ideas of English economist John Maynard Keynes

Strategic Defense Initiative

-known as "star wars" after the 1977 film
-proposed the creation of a massive satellite shield in space to intercept and destroy incoming soviet missiles

Election of 1984

-Republican: Ronald Reagen (WON in a landslide) (running mate is George H. Walker Bush)
-Democrat: Walter Mondale (running mate: Geraldine Ferraro)

Geraldine Ferraro

-Walter Mondale's running mate in the election of 1984
-first woman running-mate on a major big party ticket

1984 LA Olympics

-the 1st time this event had come to the US in half a century
-Soviet Union and East Germany (communist countries) boycotted this (pay back for US boycotting 1980 Moscow Olympics)
-US won an unusually high number of medals


-a disease mainly contracted by homo sexual men or drug users
-contracted through blood transfusions

Sandra Day O'Connor

-1st woman majority leader
-had many jobs in Congress and the Supreme Court

the Challenger

-the space shuttle that blew up just 2 minutes after it took off
-mother/science teacher chosen to go into space but passed away in the explosion

Iran-Contra Affair

-scandal during the Reagan administration involving the use of money from secret Iranian arms sales to support the Nicaraguan Contras
-caused the most serious criticism that the Reagan administration ever faced.

Mikhail Gorbachev

-became the Soviet leader in 1985 and had a close relationship with Ronald Reagan
-proposed a program called 'glasnot'
-he also initiated perestroika, an economic policy to allow limited free enterprise.


-a program proposed by Mikhail Gorbachev that was a Russian word meaning "political openness"
-this made the US and Soviet Union slowly become closer


-an initiation made by Mikhail Gorbachev that mean "restructuring"
-an economic policy to allow limited free enterprise
-this made the US and Soviet Union slowly become closer

"evil empire"

-Reagan's nickname for the Soviet Union

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