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Evil Empire P-14

Ronald Reagan's "Evil Empire Speech"


In one of Ronald Reagan’s best-known speeches, before the National Association of Evangelicals on March 8, 1983, he first declared the Soviet Union to be “an Evil Empire.” The phrase became widely used in both politics and popular culture. These three pages of a draft of the speech include several annotations made by the President.


National Archives, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum


These items are on public display starting Friday, January 7, 2011 through April 2011 in "The Public Vaults" permanent exhibition at the National Archives Building, Washington, DC.


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Taken on January 6, 2011