Reagan's Neshoba County Fair "states' rights" speech

August 3, 1980 speech by Ronald Reagan

States' rights was a speech made by President Ronald Reagan in 1980. It happened in a county fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

This is what Reagan said:

I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states' rights and I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level. I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.

Reagan's speech was controversial.[1]

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  1. "Reagan's Race Legacy (". Retrieved 2023-12-15.