About This Chapter
Who's it for?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP U.S. history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn AP U.S. history. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the presidencies and policies associated with contemporary America
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about contemporary America
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Contemporary America chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Contemporary America chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any contemporary America question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a contemporary America unit of a standard AP U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- President Bill Clinton's election and foreign and domestic policies
- Contract with America
- Election and administration of President George W. Bush
- Terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011
- President Barack Obama's election and actions
1. The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot & George H.W. Bush
Learn about the three-way presidential race of 1992, which pitted Republican incumbent George H.W. Bush against Democrat Bill Clinton and independent Ross Perot. The campaign focused heavily on the economy.
2. Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: the Economy, Healthcare, Welfare & Social Policies
During the 1990s, President Bill Clinton met many of his domestic policy goals, including stimulating the economy, reforming welfare, and advocating for social change. He did not successfully achieve a national healthcare system.
3. Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, African & Northern Ireland
During his two terms as president, Bill Clinton intended to focus on domestic policy over foreign policy. But between 1992 and 2000, the U.S. was involved in several international conflicts and diplomatic interventions, which will be covered in this lesson.
4. Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America & Clinton's Impeachment
In 1994, Republicans took control of both houses of Congress, elected on the promises made in the Contract with America. President Clinton endorsed several of these measures, but conflict was inevitable, culminating in his impeachment in 1998.
5. George W. Bush: 2000 Election & Domestic Agenda
President George W. Bush overcame numerous obstacles before and after entering office. Learn about the Republican Primary Election, the presidential election of 2000 and Bush's domestic goals.
6. George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror
The September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States forced President George W. Bush to reappraise his foreign policy. Learn about the tragic day, the Bush Doctrine and the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
7. Major Events of George W. Bush's Second Term
President George W. Bush's second term domestic agenda focused on widespread reform, yet many of his initiatives fell flat. Learn more about Bush's domestic policy, as well as several issues that impacted his legacy, in this lesson.
8. The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008
The rise of sub-prime mortgage loans and heightened real estate speculation led to the collapse of the housing market, which ushered in the Great Recession in 2007. Learn more about this economic downturn and its effects in this lesson.
9. President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments
Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States in 2009. Learn about his first term including his domestic and foreign initiatives, and his successes and failures.
10. The Recession of the Early 1990s
There are many reasons why recessions occur, including those related to economic, global, local and political factors. In this lesson, we'll explore the 'perfect storm' that caused the recession of the early 1990s and led to a massive economic change in a very short period of time.
11. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996: Summary & History
The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 was one of the most significant bi-partisan pieces of legislation passed in recent generations. This lesson covers specifics of the act, key players, and the historical impact of the legislation today.
12. Al Gore & the 2000 Presidential Election Recount
This lesson will take a look at the presidential election of 2000 and its subsequent recount process. This heated election between Al Gore and George Bush captured the attention of the nation with Florida taking center stage in the recount.
13. Alan Greenspan: Biography & Works
Alan Greenspan is one of the most influential economists of our lifetime. In this lesson, you will learn about his life, works, and contributions to contemporary American history.
14. Economic Espionage Act of 1996: Definition & Summary
The Economic Espionage Act of 1996 is about economic espionage, but it's also about so much more. Read a summary of the act and its main provisions, then test yourself with a short quiz.
15. The Maastricht Treaty of 1992 on European Union: Summary & Purpose
You've probably heard of the European Union, but how much do you know about how it was created? This lesson discusses the summary and purpose of the Maastricht Treaty.
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- Settling North America (1497-1732): Help and Review
- The Road to Revolution (1700-1774): Help and Review
- The American Revolution (1775-1783): Help and Review
- The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800): Help and Review
- The Virginia Dynasty (1801--1825): Help and Review
- Jacksonian Democracy (1825 -- 1850): Help and Review
- Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861): Help and Review
- Manifest Destiny (1806-1855): Help and Review
- Sectional Crisis (1850-1861): Help and Review
- American Civil War (1861-1865): Help and Review
- Reconstruction (1865-1877): Help and Review
- Industrialization and Urbanization (1870-1900): Help and Review
- The Progressive Era (1900-1917): Help and Review
- American Imperialism (1890-1919): Help and Review
- The Roaring 20s (1920-1929): Help and Review
- The Great Depression (1929-1940): Help and Review
- The US in World War II (1941-1945): Help and Review
- The World During WWII (1941-1945): Help and Review
- Post-War World (1946-1959): Help and Review
- The Cold War (1950-1973): Help and Review
- Protests & Civil Disobedience (1954-1973): Help & Review
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