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Ronald Reagan and the Berlin Wall

Ronald Reagan Speech, Brandenburg Gate

Ronald Reagan gives his famous speech asking Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

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Reagan, Ronald
Berlin Wall
Cold War

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An analysis of Reagan's speech from the non-partisan group, the National Constitution Center. This group was established by Congress to provide information about the U.S. Constitution.
From Prologue Magazine, a publication of the National Archives and Records Administration.
From the Reagan Library. This document looks at the topics Reagan would discuss with Gorbachev at the summit, including an increase of emigration from the Soviet Bloc. The wall would come down a year and a half later.
From the Gilder Lehrman Institute on American History.

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