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Many people will remember the 1980s as a decade that renewed Americas sense of optimism and created a new confidence in its future as well as its leaders This decade is perceived by many to have been marked by prosperity with the creation of millions of new jobs and a much-needed build up of strength in our military On the flip side we have those who suggest this decade was as one historian put it an era of greed corruption and decline for the United States Many people suggest that the 80s were a decade in which the rich became richer and as the income gap grew while issues such as the Aids crisis began and homelessness rose If there is one thing that can be agreed upon in this debate its that this decade cannot be discussed without referring to former President Ronald Reagan In a sense he was the decade of the 80s for the US Whether people speak positively or negatively about this time period its almost certain this mans name will arise in the debate The policies he implemented and his economic and social philosophies would prove to have a large impact on the 1980s for America Just 36 minutes after President Ronald Reagan took office it seemed as though the nation had taken a turn for the better On January 20 1981 just 36 minutes after the President was inaugurated 52 American hostages were set free in Teheran1 Even though the freeing of these hostages was something former President Carter and his administration had worked hard on and in fact accomplished it seemed as though the American people were so optimistic about their new Commander in Chief that Carter was forgotten and President Reagan had already begun steering America towards a brighter future One writer from Newsweek magazine clearly reflects this sense of optimism in an article written shortly after Reagan was elected into office It was a
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