he New Deal Consensus/Coalition held sway over the United States political, social, and economic systems from 1932 to the late 1960s/mid 1970s. At that point the consensus began to fracture. The trajectory of that change can be seen by looking at four presidential speeches from the early 1960s to the early 1980s: Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society speech (1964), Richard Nixon’s Address to Congress on the EPA and NOAA (1970), Jimmy Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech (1979), and Ronald Reagan’s First Inaugural speech (1981). Each speech reflects, at least to some degree, the dominant idea about the role, responsibilities, scope, and size of government at the time they were given.
1. Make sure to read the appropriate chapters in the text book (23 and 26-29)
2. Read the four primary sources closely and carefully (attached above).
3. Use the four primary sources to explain the trajectory of the shifting attitudes about government in the United States from the 1960s to the 1980s.