Today's class examines the reasons for and results of the sweeping GOP triumph in 1980--which not only elected Ronald Reagan president but gave the Republicans control of the Senate and a working majority in the House of Representatives.


Dionne, Why Americans Hate Politics, pp. 145-208 OR OR Jamieson, Packing the Presidency, pp. 378-446, and last 2 essays in Gerstle, Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order.

Brinkley, "American Conservatism"

1980 ads and video clips