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Ch 13: Contemporary America (1992-2013)

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Use the following video lessons and online quizzes to learn about American history from 1992 through 2013. Learn about presidential administrations, the war on terror and the economic crisis of this period.

Contemporary America 1992-2013 - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The lessons in this chapter look at American history from 1992 to 2013, covering two decades that saw the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a massive crisis in the economy and several controversial elections. In this chapter, our knowledgeable and experienced instructors will discuss these events, what led up to them and their influence on the country.

Other lessons examine America's foreign and domestic policies throughout this period, political conflicts during President Bill Clinton's administration and how the government responded to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. By the end of this chapter, you should have an understanding of topics including:

  • The three-way election of 1992
  • The Contract with America
  • The George W. Bush/Al Gore election of 2000
  • The War on Terror
  • Government influence on the economy
  • Goals of the Barack Obama administration

Video Objectives
The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot and George H.W. Bush The presidential race between Clinton, Perot and Bush.
Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: Corporate Regulation, Healthcare, Welfare and the Military Clinton's domestic agenda and numerous policy changes.
Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, Africa and Northern Ireland America's role in world events in the 1990s.
Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America and Clinton's Impeachment Actions of the Republican-controlled legislature, especially Congress' Contract with America and Clinton's impeachment.
George W. Bush: 2000 Election and Domestic Agenda Multiple challenges to the election results and the early intentions of Bush's domestic policy, including education and tax reform.
George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack and War on Terror The terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001 and the shift of Bush's presidency to foreign policy.
Major Events of George W. Bush's Second Term Events including a continued War on Terror, Hurricane Katrina and the Medicare drug program.
The American Economy and Government Policy in 2008 Characteristics of the American economy and government policy that led to economic recession.
President Barack Obama: Election, Policies and Accomplishments Obama's goals in shifting American foreign and domestic policy, including the economy, military and healthcare and the political controversy that ensued.
Obama's Re-election in 2012 and Second Term Goals The economic focus of America's most recent presidential election and the stated goals of Obama's final term.

9 Lessons in Chapter 13: Contemporary America (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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