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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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First Lady Nancy Reagan and Raisa Gorbachev,  Diana Walker, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Diana Walker, 1985
First Lady Nancy Reagan and Raisa Gorbachev meet for tea during the Geneva summit.
audio clip"Tea with Two First Ladies", Diana Walker - transcript
Did you know?
The historic November 1985 Geneva summit meeting of President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev was a turning point in the Cold War. The leaders of the two superpowers agreed in principle on a fifty percent reduction of strategic nuclear forces. Their joint statement following the summit read in part, "There should be a greater understanding among our peoples."
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What was the photographer trying to capture in this photo? Describe the physical traits of the people in it. What can you tell from looking at their faces? What do the surroundings tell you about material culture? What is the tone of the occasion?
 

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