About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our U.S. History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about contemporary America. There is no faster or easier way to learn about recent issues. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the domestic and foreign policies of President Bill Clinton, the controversial 2000 presidential election, the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and the war on terrorism, government policy and the 2008 economic crash, and the election and presidency of Barack Obama.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a U.S. history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Contemporary America (1992-2013) unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Contemporary America (1992-2013) Unit Objectives:
- Learn about the 1992 presidential election.
- Examine Bill Clinton's domestic policies, including changes in the military and the welfare system.
- Explore how the U.S. factored into events in the Middle East, Africa and Northern Ireland.
- Gain an understanding of the 2000 election, and look at George W. Bush's early domestic policy.
- Review the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the impact on the country and its policies.
- Look at major occurrences of Bush's second term.
- Analyze the government policies and economic factors that caused the 2008 economic collapse.
- Study Barack Obama's election and his domestic programs and foreign policy.
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.
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