Ch 24: HiSET: Contemporary America (1992-2013)

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Our engaging video lessons can help you get ready for the social studies portion of the HiSET. Use the multiple-choice quizzes and chapter test to brush up on your knowledge of contemporary American history.

HiSET: Contemporary America (1992-2013) - Chapter Summary

This chapter includes multiple lessons that you can use to review the politics, economics and major events from recent U.S. history. Prepare for the social studies portion of the HiSET through video lessons that cover:

  • The 1992 presidential election
  • President Bill Clinton
  • President Clinton's domestic and foreign policies
  • President George W. Bush
  • The 9/11 attacks
  • President Barack Obama

These lessons are taught by experienced instructors who are experts in this subject matter. Each lesson includes a 5-10 minute video, as well as a self-assessment quiz and lesson transcript that highlights key terms. An end-of-chapter test is also available to help you test your comprehension and determine when you are ready to move on to the next chapter.

HiSET: Contemporary America (1992-2013) Objectives

The HiSET Social Studies is one subtest of the HiSET high school equivalency exam. You'll have 70 minutes to complete this 50-question subtest, which includes questions from content areas like U.S. and world history, geography, economics, political science and psychology. The lessons in this chapter can help prepare you for history questions relating to the major events, presidential elections and policy changes that occurred in the U.S. from 1992-2013. History questions make up 38% of the test content.

9 Lessons in Chapter 24: HiSET: Contemporary America (1992-2013)
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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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