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Ch 21: America in the 1980s

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Watch American history video lessons and learn about political, economic and social changes in the 1980s. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

America in the 1980s - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter begins with an examination of trends in American society during the 1980s. Particular attention is also paid to the presidency of Ronald Reagan and his political conservatism. Lessons will examine the successes and failures of Reaganomics as well as Reagan's foreign policies. Later lessons cover George H.W. Bush's presidency, looking at both his domestic and foreign policies. This chapter will teach you about:

  • Trends in American society during the 1980s
  • The reemergence of political conservatism in 1980
  • Ronald Reagan's economic policy of Reaganomics
  • The foreign policies of President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush

Video Objective
New Trends in American Life in the 1980s Examine major trends of Americans living during the 1980s.
The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic and Political Conservatism Look at the presidential election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, paying particular attention to his policies of economic and political conservatism.
Reaganomics: Success, Failures, and Effects Analyze the successes and failures of Reaganomics, along with its lasting effects on the American economy.
President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy Understand the major tenets of President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy.
President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy Explore the differences in the foreign policy of President H.W. Bush, who took office after Reagan.
President George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments Explain the domestic policies and accomplishments of President H.W. Bush during his term from 1989-1993.

6 Lessons in Chapter 21: America in the 1980s
New Trends in American Life in the 1980s

1. New Trends in American Life in the 1980s

The 1980s represented a drastic change in American society, one not seen since the 1920s. Learn more about the decade, including its lifestyle trends, new consumer goods and expanding cultures, in this video lesson.

The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

2. The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

The presidential election of 1980 witnessed the transition from liberal to conservative politics in America. Learn about Ronald Reagan's campaign to become President of the United States in 1980 in this video lesson.

Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

3. Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

'Reaganomics' represented President Ronald Reagan's attempt at energizing the inert American economy following the 1970s. Learn about the program, as well as its successes and failures, in this lesson.

President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

4. President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy was an aggressive attempt to renew the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Learn about the policies, actions and results of Reagan's foreign policy in this lesson.

President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

5. President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

President George H.W. Bush's foreign policy was a pragmatic blend of diplomacy and force. Learn more about Bush's international affairs during his tenure as President of the United States.

President George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments

6. President George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments

President George H.W. Bush's domestic agenda reflected a change in ideology. Learn about the domestic challenges Bush faced, his handling of the issues and his overall achievements.

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