Marcus M. Witcher, 20th Century U.S. History
Department of History, University of Central Arkansas 

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Public Outreach for Getting Right with Reagan: The Struggle for True Conservatism, 1980-2016


In promoting my book, Getting Right with Reagan: The Struggle for True Conservatism, 1980-2016, I have done several radio interviews and public talks. In May 2019, I appeared on two radio shows in the St. Louis area. You can listen to one of the radio interviews here.





Langenberg Speaker Series


I was also invited to deliver a public talk on the book as part of the Langenberg Speaker Series (video available here). The title of my talk was "Reagan, Conservatives, and the End of the Cold War." I recounted the story of how many conservatives were actually frustrated with Reagan's handling of the Cold War - especially with his signing of the INF Treaty. 


Washington Post Made by History


Following the release of a tape in which then Governor Reagan made racist comments to President Nixon, I wrote an op-ed arguing that racist appeals were not the reason for Reagan's electoral success - despite him using such tactics on the campaign trail. The op-ed drew on research from the Reagan and Carter Libraries. I am currently working on a book on the 1980 presidential election in the South.



During the primary in the Summer of 2019, Joe Biden got himself in trouble by bringing up his work with segregationist Senators. My op-ed traces the relationship between President Carter and segregationists and argued that while Biden shouldn't have brought up his work with segregationist to oppose federally mandated busing, his larger point - that politicians need to work across party and ideological lines - was true. 




Graduate School Symposium
 
Fall 2018, I was asked to speak on a panel on the GRE. The purpose of the symposium was to provide information to students who were interested in attending graduate school. 



"Why History? Important Lessons for Everyman and Everywoman"

Spring 2018, Delivered at the University of Central Arkansas. My goal was to communicate to business students why the study of history is important - even to them.