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Ronald Reagan: Our Fortieth President

Ronald Reagan

RONALD REAGAN (1911–2004)
Fortieth president of the United States

“No, democracy is not a fragile flower. Still it needs cultivating. If the rest of this century is to witness the gradual growth of freedom and democratic ideals, we must take actions to assist the campaign for democracy.”

Note to Teachers

February 6, 2011, marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, providing an occasion for teaching and learning about President Reagan’s contributions to American constitutionalism and citizenship. To this end, the Center for Civic Education and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation have collaborated to produce this lesson.

Purpose of the Lesson

This lesson tells the story of Ronald Reagan’s rise from a small town in Illinois to the highest political office in the United States: the presidency. It also examines his political principles. The lesson focuses on Ronald Reagan’s leadership as president. When you have completed this lesson, you should be able to

• describe how Ronald Reagan developed the qualities of a leader as a young man;

• explain Ronald Reagan’s rise to the presidency of the United States;

• describe how Ronald Reagan showed leadership as president;

• explain what it takes to be a leader as president;

• understand Ronald Reagan’s legacy to the nation.





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