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Ch 24: Recent American History (1992-2013)

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Review recent American history topics with this convenient study guide chapter. These lessons can be used as a quick way to study for exams and solidify your understanding of important events in contemporary American history.

Recent American History (1992-2013) - Chapter Summary

This contemporary American history chapter outlines major developments and events that occurred between 1992 and 2013. You'll examine the elections of presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and take a look at their policies and accomplishments. You'll also take a look at the impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and economic recession of 2008. Studying this chapter can help you:

  • Summarize the 1992 presidential race between Clinton, Bush and Perot
  • Outline Bill Clinton's domestic and foreign policies
  • Describe the nature of Congress during the late 1990s in terms of Clinton's impeachment and the Contract with America
  • Analyze the 2000 presidential election, the 9/11 terrorist attack and George W. Bush's domestic agenda
  • List the major events that occurred during George W. Bush's second term as president, including Hurricane Katrina and the continuing War on Terror
  • Identify the economic factors and government policies that led to America's economic recession in 2008
  • Assess the election and accomplishments of Barack Obama, as well as his foreign and domestic policy

As you work through the chapter, try taking the accompanying lesson quizzes to make sure you fully understand these historical events. Lesson transcripts can be printed to study offline, and you can quickly find specific topics on your personal course Dashboard. These learning materials are available to study at any time of day or night, and you can easily access them using any device that has an Internet connection.

9 Lessons in Chapter 24: Recent American History (1992-2013)
The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot & George H.W. Bush

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.

Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: the Economy, Healthcare, Welfare & Social Policies

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.

Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, African & Northern Ireland

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.

Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America & Clinton's Impeachment

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.

George W. Bush: 2000 Election & Domestic Agenda

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.

George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

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.

Major Events of George W. Bush's Second Term

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.

The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

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.

President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments

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.

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