chapter  8
38 Pages

The Eighties and Early Nineties

ByKatherine Hoffman

A 1986 nuclear accident in Chernobyl in the USSR brought home the perils of nuclear power and further inspired antinuclear movements and demonstrations. In the 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan used issues of the family for his conservative campaign. "Family, work, and neighborhood" were near the top of his rhetorical vocabulary. In the 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan used issues of the family for his conservative campaign. "Family, work, and neighborhood" were near the top of his rhetorical vocabulary. The nineties brought the end of Communist hegemony in eastern Europe as the Soviet Union was broken up. Civil war was unleashed in the former Yugoslavia, and the siege of Sarajevo began in 1992. Lorenzo's Oil, a 1992 film directed by George Miller, was based on the true story of Augusto and Michaela Odone and their five-year-old son Lorenzo, who has a rare form of muscular sclerosis.