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The Reagan Era Images

Bedtime for Bonzo

Ronald Reagan stars opposite a chimpanzee in Bedtime for Bonzo (1951).

Racial Ugliness

A 1977 protest of white Bostonians opposed to school desegregation turned ugly when rioters attacked an innocent black passerby with the American flag.

Magnificent Stagecraft

President Ronald Reagan gives a speech standing before a dozen American flags.

Back To The Ranch

Ronald Reagan on horseback during a presidential vacation at his California ranch.

"Honey, I Forgot to Duck"

Secret Service agents respond to the 1981 assassination attempt against President Reagan.

"I Do Not Recall"

U.S. Marine Colonel Oliver North, a key plotter in the Iran-Contra Affair, is sworn in to testify before Congress.

Tragedy in Beirut

A 1983 terrorist attack destroyed U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 300 Americans.

Overheated Rhetoric

The New York Post celebrates the 1983 American invasion of Grenada, a tiny Caribbean island that President Reagan called "a Soviet-Cuban colony, being readied as a bastion to export terror and undermine democracy."

Inauguration Day

President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan travel to his first Inaugural, 1981.

Operation Urgent Fury

American soldiers arrest young supporters of Grenada's Marxist New Jewel Movement during the 1983 U.S. invasion of the tiny Caribbean island nation.

Arms Race

The development of the MX Missile, a powerful new vehicle for the delivery of multiple nuclear warheads, fueled a new Soviet-American arms race during the 1980s.

The Boss

The album cover of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA, shot by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz, became an iconic image of Reagan-era America.

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