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During the 1960s, future governor and President Ronald Reagan began to assert himself into the political arena.

One of his best known speeches of the era was his 'A Time For Choosing', sometimes also called just 'The Speech', given in support of Senator Barry Goldwater, then running for President against Lyndon B Johnson. Televised nationally on October 27th, 1964, some say it was the beginning of his career as a politician.

During a driving trip to Washington D.C. in August of 2010, I took the opportunity to listen to 'A Time For Choosing'. It's easy to hear something, it's another thing entirely to listen. As I listened, I heard facts and figures, names and events and I couldn't help but wonder, "Is that true?" or "Who is that person?" This is what sowed the seeds of curiosity in my mind and led me to this project of research on those people, events and statistics.

While doing that research, I stumbled across a lesser known speech, one referred to by the name 'Encroaching Control'. This was given in Phoenix, Arizona to Phoenix's Chamber of Commerce on March 30, 1961. I loved it! I did, however, end up with more new questions than answers to old ones.

More research led to more of Reagan's speeches and writings. Then I learned about the 1975 to 1979 Reagan radio show, which ran under the titles, "Viewpoint with Ronald Reagan" and the "Ronald Reagan Radio Commentaries."

I enjoy all these speeches I have found, but the references to people and events are highly dated, yet the essence of what Reagan said is still relevant to modern history. They say that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. This wiki is being put together with the goal of sourcing these speeches and any others I become interested in researching.

You can follow on Facebook: The Reagan Speech Preservation Society

2022 Important Update: After having trouble with my Screwturn Wiki system, I decided to setup this one using MediaWiki. I have taken the opportunity to significantly expand the Radio Commentaries section to include transcripts.

Speeches Currently Available:

Information about related Books:

Quotable Reagan - with social media links

Update September 13, 2022, The podcast is being retooled.

External Links

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library

Speeches of Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan (Wikipedia article)

Uncommon Knowledge: The Gipper Then and Now An Analysis of clips from Reagan's speeches from the 1960s