Tear down this wall!

Title

Tear down this wall!

Description

"Tear down this wall", also known as the Berlin Wall Speech, was a speech delivered by United States President Ronald Reagan in West Berlin on June 12, 1987. Reagan called for the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to open the Berlin Wall, which had separated West and East Berlin since 1961. The name is derived from a key line in the middle of the speech: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

Arriving in Berlin on Friday, June 12, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan were taken to the Reichstag, where they viewed the wall from a balcony. Reagan then made his speech at the Brandenburg Gate at 2:00 pm, in front of two panes of bulletproof glass.

That afternoon, Reagan said, 'We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev...Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'

Creator

White House Photographic Office

Date

June 12 1987

Source

Archives.gov
https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2007/summer/berlin.html 

ReaganFoundation.org
https://www.reaganfoundation.org/programs-events?utm_source=googleads&utm_medium=click&utm_campaign=events&utm_content=response&gclid=CjwKCAjw_qb3BRAVEiwAvwq6Vv5wJ_YB4CNO9elaI6J1WQMY6cjSLCaBI6-v6tCiCmLn5WZz8wRrQBoCxWgQAvD_BwE

Regan Foundation
Archives.gov

Rights

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Publisher

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Contributor

White House Photographic Office

Format

Photograph

Language

English

Type

Speech

Identifier

Freedom, Soviet Union, Reagan, Speech, Berlin Wall

Coverage

Germany

Files

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5f/ReaganBerlinWall.jpg/1024px-ReaganBerlinWall.jpg

Reference

White House Photographic Office, Tear down this wall!, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, June 12 1987

Cite As

White House Photographic Office, “Tear down this wall!,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/689.