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17:30 - 19:00 14 January 2016

Book launch: The Cultural Left and the Reagan Era: US Protest and Central American Revolution

Location

Lecture room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Nick Witham, Lecturer in US Political History, UCL Americas

The Reagan era is usually seen as an era of unheralded prosperity, and as a high-watermark of Republican success. President Ronald Reagan's belief in 'Reaganomics', media-friendly sound-bites and 'can do' personality have come to define the era. However, this was also a time of domestic protest and unrest. Under Reagan the US was directly involved in the revolutions which were sweeping Central America.

At this event Nick Witham will discuss his book The Cultural Left and the Reagan Era: US Protest and Central American Revolution (IB Tauris, 2015), which seeks to show how the left within the US reacted to and protested against these events. The Nation, Verso Books and the Guardian exploded in popularity, riding high on the back of popular anti-interventionist sentiment in America, while the film-maker Oliver Stone led a group of directors making films with a radical left-wing message.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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