Berlin Wall
‘Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!’

A significant moment in Cold War history: U.S. President Ronald Reagan on June 12, 1987 issued a challenge to Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall, which the Communist state of East Germany erected in 1961 as a barrier between West Berlin and the socialist state of East Germany. Reagan’s challenge was for Gorbachev to dismantle the wall as a marker of his stated commitment to increase transparency and freedom in the Eastern Bloc and to urge an end to the arms race with the Soviets.

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Submitted by: Virginia Choi
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