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Contemporary United States (1976-Present) - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review significant events in contemporary U.S. history. From 1976 through the present day, this chapter outlines important conflicts and wars that occurred throughout the last several decades. Additionally, you'll take a look at American economy and government policy from the late 2000s. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Assess the impact of OPEC's oil embargo during the 1970s
- Summarize the timeline of the Iran Hostage Crisis
- Recognize the causes and events of the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan
- Describe America's government and economic policy during 2008
To ensure your comprehension of these historical topics, take the chapter's short self-assessment quizzes. The lessons are simple and entertaining, which helps you quickly move through the chapter and remember key concepts. If you have any questions, simply use the Ask the Expert feature. You'll also be able to access these history resources online at any time that fits your schedule.
1. Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact
The 1970s represented a period of economic distress in the United States. Learn about one of the major factors, the 1973 oil embargo by OPEC, and its devastating impact on the American economy in this video lesson.
2. Iran Hostage Crisis: Summary, Timeline & Facts
The Iran Hostage Crisis lasted more than a year and greatly affected U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Learn more about how this important historical event unfolded and how it defined one president's legacy.
3. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War
The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.
4. Understanding the Iraq War
The Iraq War lasted from 2003-2011. Thousands of American and Coalition forces died during the conflict, as well as many thousands of Iraqis. The American decision to go to war in Iraq remains controversial today.
5. The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy
The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. United States and NATO coalition forces attacked Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. As of 2014, United States personnel are withdrawing from the country, ending over a decade of fighting.
6. 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.
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