Magazine January 22, 2018, Issue

A Debate for History

A container ship in the Panama Canal (George F. Mobley/National Geographic/Getty Images)
When Reagan and WFB sparred over the Panama Canal

If the 1980s can be defined as the revival of American exceptionalism and the American spirit, courtesy of Ronald Reagan and conservatism, then the 1970s can be defined as much the opposite. The ’70s saw Richard Nixon’s resignation amid the scandal of Watergate; the quagmire and subsequent loss in Vietnam; the pratfalls and gaffes of Gerald Ford; and the manifest domestic and foreign-policy failures of Jimmy Carter. The Soviet Union was on the march and the Cold War was going in its favor, such that Communism was more powerful than ever before. Gas lines, inflation, unemployment, malaise, and a general

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