Support for the Contras
By Ronald Reagan
Born February 6, 1911, to Nelle and John
Reagan in Tampico, Illinois.
He attended high school in nearby Dixon
and then worked his way through Eureka
There, he studied economics and sociology,
played on the football team, and acted in
A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in
Hollywood. During the next two decades he
appeared in 53 films.
Reagan became governor of California, the
most populous state, in 1967
Ronald Reagan won the Republican
Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose
as his running mate former Texas
Congressman and United Nations
Ambassador George Bush.
He became the 40th president.
Anastasio Somoza Debayle
& Sandinista Soldiers
To win popular support of the American People for the Contras
because they were fighting against communist forces.
“The Sandinista rule is a communist reign of terror. Many of
those who fought along side the Sandinistas saw their
revolution betrayed.” They…have taken up arms against
them and are now called the contras.”
To raise enough aid such as money and arms to resolve the crises
and help prevent the possibility of refugees fleeing to America
“Concerns about the prospect of hundreds of thousands of refugees
fleeing communist oppression to seek entry in our country are well-
Support Democracy abroad for Central America
“Together with our friends, we can do in Central
America to support democracy, human rights, and
economic growth that we want no hostile
communist colonies here in the Americas-South,
Central, or North”
Did we really have any business supporting the
contras by sending aid to them in Nicaragua.
If the Sandinistas had not been backed by
communist forces would the US have supported