Ch 22: America from 1992 to the Present

About This Chapter

Watch American history video lessons and learn about important political elections, foreign policies and historic moments from 1992 to the present. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

America from 1992 to the Present - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The chapter opens with an overview of the presidential election of 1992. Lessons cover President Bill Clinton's domestic policies in arenas like healthcare, welfare and corporate regulation. Lessons also summarize the foreign policies during this time in regions including Haiti, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. Later lessons examine the 2000 presidential election of George W. Bush and the 9/11 terrorist attack. You'll end the chapter by exploring President Barack Obama's election in 2008 and re-election in 2012. This chapter can help you understand the following:

  • Important presidential elections from 1992 on
  • Domestic policies in America during the 1990s and 2000s
  • Foreign policies from 1992 on with regions like the Middle East, Africa and Northern Ireland
  • The War on Terror and the 9/11 terrorist attack
  • The American economy after 2008

Video Objective
The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot and George H.W. Bush Summarize the important issues and outcome of the 1992 presidential election between Bill Clinton, Ross Perot and George H.W. Bush.
Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: Corporate Regulation, Healthcare, Welfare and the Military Analyze Bill Clinton's main domestic policies, including corporate regulation, healthcare, welfare and military protocol.
Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, Africa and Northern Ireland Explore Bill Clinton's foreign policies as president in regions like the Middle East, Haiti, Africa and Northern Ireland.
Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America and Clinton's Impeachment Examine Congress' actions during the late 1990s and Clinton's impeachment.
George W. Bush: 2000 Election and Domestic Agenda Look at George W. Bush's election in 2000 and his domestic agenda.
George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack and War on Terror Examine the 9/11 terrorist attack and how it motivated George W. Bush's subsequent War on Terror.
Major Events of George W. Bush's Second Term Summarize the major events of George W. Bush's second term as president from 2004-2008.
The American Economy and Government Policy in 2008 Understand the state of the American economy and government policy in 2008.
President Barack Obama: Election, Policies and Accomplishments Detail President Barack Obama's election, policies and achievements during his first term.
Obama's Re-election in 2012 and Second Term Goals Understand the reasons behind Obama's re-election in 2012 and define his second term goals.

9 Lessons in Chapter 22: America from 1992 to the Present
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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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