Ch 22: AEPA: U.S. Politics (1980-Present)

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Let us show you all the important names, events and dates associated with US politics in preparation for the AEPA Political Science/American Government Exam. The combination of video lessons and self-assessment quizzes combine to give you a powerful way to review the material so you are ready for the test.

AEPA: US Politics (1980-Present) - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons contained in this chapter as you revisit what you studied in college about US politics as part of your preparation for the AEPA Political Science/American Government Exam. The videos go over all the concepts you need to know, including:

  • The 1980 election of Ronald Reagan
  • Reaganomics and Reagan's foreign policy
  • The foreign and domestic policies of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton
  • Congress during the late 1990s
  • The 2000 election of George W Bush
  • 9/11 and the War on Terror
  • The American economy and government policy in 2008
  • The presidency of Barack Obama

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AEPA: US Politics (1980-Present) Chapter

The AEPA Political Science/American Government Exam is a standardized test that assesses your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of political science and American government. You need a passing score in order to teach related subjects in the state of Arizona. The lessons in this chapter fall within Subarea III: United States and Arizona Government, which contributes 58% of the test questions. See how well you're doing with your studying and practice answering questions like those on the test by completing the self-assessment quizzes that accompany the video lessons.

This computer-based-test consists of 100 structured-response items. For each you will read a passage or question that is followed by an array of response alternatives. From these, you must select the correct answer.

12 Lessons in Chapter 22: AEPA: U.S. Politics (1980-Present)
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The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

11. 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

12. 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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