Ronald Reagan 's Rise Of Power

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During Ronald Reagan’s rise to power, California was a hub of cultural change and ethnic diversity. Nevertheless, California embodied the American ideals of opportunity that proliferated during the era- the opportunity for prosperity and success and upward social mobility through hard work. The economic output of the “nation’s state” was spectacular, rivaling even some of the largest nations of the time, surpassed only by six other nations. (Governor Reagan) This unmatched economic dominance was the perfect location for the always optimistic and greater than life newcomer Ronald Reagan. Yet, this period of unrestrained growth proved extremely burdensome for California as taxes increased and agricultural lands were being destroyed to house the growing population. (A Modern Economy) By 1963, California became the most populous state, exceeding the size of New York, due in part to its influx in population growth following World War 2. (A Modern Economy) College groups protested for change and race riots swept the State. The social unrest of the time lent itself to the way Ronald Reagan was perceived (and ultimately accepted) when he stepped into the political arena. He was the great optimist, exhibiting bravery in the face of adversity. He was the ardent Republican who fought for the rights of the citizens and believed in the future. This persona however, just like California, was much more complex. Reagan was and still is somewhat of a mystery. He is shrouded in tales of
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