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Ronald Reagan is thought of as a Californian, a westerner, but the values that guided him all his life are straight out of the American heartland where he was born and spent the first twenty-one years of his life: Northwestern Illinois. He was the product of four generations of rural settlers. The characteristics associated with him – self-reliance, self-confidence, modesty, optimism, loyalty, tolerance, determination, good humor, and reverence for God – all came from his teachers, clergy, role models, the circumstances of his youth, and especially his parents. Through the experiences, challenges, and adventures of his childhood, youth, and young adulthood, Reagan's Roots traces the development of all these elements of his character that made him a successful and beloved president.
Peter Hannaford is currently a Senior Counselor to APCO Worldwide. He was Director of Issues and Research in Mr. Reagan’s 1976 presidential nomination campaign and Senior Communications Advisor in the 1980 campaign. Mr. Hannaford also served as Assistant to the Governor and Director of Public Affairs for then-Governor Reagan in Sacramento.
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Edwin Meese III
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus