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Ch 12: The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992)

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Let our experienced instructors teach you about the rise of political conservatism in America from Ronald Reagan's election to the end of the George H.W. Bush administration. Use these online video lessons and quizzes to gain an understanding of U.S. politics from 1980 to 1992.

The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992) - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The lessons in this chapter will look at the political conservatism that began with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 and continued through the presidency of his successor, George H.W. Bush. Learn about the movement's impact, especially on economics and in foreign relations, including the downfall of communism. Examine the factors that led to Reagan's election and look at Bush's term in office, with special focus on the first conflict in Iraq. These lessons will help you develop an understanding of:

  • American life and popular attitudes in the 1980s
  • The re-emergence of social and political conservatism
  • Reagan's economic policies
  • U.S. foreign policy, 1980-1992
  • Bush's challenges and achievements while in office

Video Objective
New Trends in American Life in the 1980s Examine culture, industry, economics, demographics and politics in 1980s America.
The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Re-emergence of Economic and Political Conservatism Look at the politics and persona that led to Reagan's electoral landslide and the re-emergence of economic and political conservatism.
Reaganomics: Success, Failures and Effects Examine Reagan's domestic policies, especially his pursuit of supply-side, or 'trickle-down,' economics.
Reagan's Response to the Soviet Union, South America, Africa and the Middle East Learn about America's reaction to world events in the 1980s.
The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm Explore the dismantling of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first major U.S. entanglement after the Cold War.
George H.W. Bush: Presidency, Foreign Policy and Accomplishments Identify the goals, challenges and achievements of George H.W. Bush.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992)
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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