The modern era (1980-present)
1980s America The presidency of Ronald Reagan issued in a more conservative era in the United States. The presidency of Ronald Reagan, part 1: Election and domestic policies Read about Reagan’s early political career, election, and policies at home. The presidency of Ronald Reagan, part 2: Foreign policy During Reagan’s years in office the Cold War began to thaw and the Middle East started to heat up. The Iran-Contra affair Reagan’s administration was embroiled in scandal when it came to light that the United States had sold weapons to Iran and funneled the money to Nicaragu… Emergence of the AIDS crisis In the early 1980s, individuals who contracted a mysterious new illness were met with fear and prejudice.