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Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” Speech Explained | Primary Source Close Reads Explained

Why did President Reagan see the Berlin Wall as a symbol of oppression during the Cold War? In this episode of Close Reads Explained, BRI Senior Fellow Tony Williams helps analyze Ronald Reagan’s 1987 speech in Berlin calling for the removal of the Berlin Wall. What are President Reagan’s main criticisms of communism? What was his overall objective in the Cold War with the Soviets and how did his speech embody this?

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