Mr Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall

The CBS News radio report continued – “And something else remarkable – border guards dancing on top of the Berlin Wall….”

In the past few years, college-aged students were dramatically shaped by 9/11, or by long wars, or the by the election of an African-American President. Earlier generations had the JFK assassination, or Vietnam and the civil rights movement, or World War II, or the Depression. Maybe today’s undergrads have not yet had that which will shape their political lives.

But for many in one generation, political maturation was shaped by the evolution of the Reagan Administration and the evolution of the Cold War – from hard-line anti-communism to deals with Gorbachev, from the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to democracy in Eastern Europe – and most dramatically illustrated by the breach of the Berlin Wall.  

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