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The Reagan Era Video & Audio

A Time For Choosing

"A Time For Choosing," the 1964 speech on behalf of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater that launched Reagan's political career.

Reagan In Berlin

Reagan's 1987 speech in Berlin, calling on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

Southern Strategy

Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign speech on "states rights" in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the site of the infamous racist murder of three civil rights workers in 1964.

Morning in America

"Morning In America," a famous TV advertisement produced for Ronald Reagan's 1984 reelection campaign.

Attempted Assassination

Video of the 1981 assassination attempt that resulted in President Reagan surviving a gunshot wound to the chest.

Iran-Contra Testimony

Key snippets of Reagan's speeches and Oliver North's testimony on the Iran-Contra Affair, 1986-87.

Born in the USA

1984 music video for Bruce Springsteen's hit single, "Born in the USA." The video, which received heavy rotation on MTV, combines concert footage with heavy flag imagery and film of struggling heartland Americans.

Don't Push Me 'Cause I'm Close to the Edge

Music video for Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's 1982 hit, "The Message." Gritty images of urban decay provide rapper Melle Mel with an appropriate backdrop for his fable of inner-city desperation.

Rock Meets Rap

Music video for Run-DMC's 1986 hip-hop cover of Aerosmith's hit 1975 rock tune, "Walk This Way." The Run-DMC version, which included Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as guest stars, fused rock and rap into an irresistible new style.

Material Girl

Music video for Madonna's 1985 single, "Material Girl," which embodied an extreme version of the self-interested ideology of the Reagan Era.

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