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Ch 40: Major U.S. Political Events & Developments since 1945

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Major U.S. Political Events & Developments since 1945 - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we've included video lessons covering the major political events and developments in the United States since 1945. Watch videos about Truman's Fair Deal and economics after WWII, among other subjects. After you've completed this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Provide facts about Dwight D. Eisenhower and modern Republicanism
  • Discuss JFK's new frontier program
  • Explain the goals of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society program
  • Summarize the Watergate Scandal and its timeline
  • Detail the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980
  • Describe President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy
  • Remember Clinton's impeachment and his conflicts with Congress in the late '90s
  • Outline George W. Bush's 2000 election and his domestic agenda

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9 Lessons in Chapter 40: Major U.S. Political Events & Developments since 1945
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Truman's Fair Deal & Economics After WWII

1. Truman's Fair Deal & Economics After WWII

Although Truman inherited FDR's presidency, he found himself living in a very different world than his predecessor. In this lesson, we'll explore Truman's Fair Deal and see how it reflected changes in postwar America.

Dwight D. Eisenhower & Modern Republicanism

2. Dwight D. Eisenhower & Modern Republicanism

Eisenhower's concept of republicanism was different than the Republican presidents before him, but Eisenhower was also a very different Republican candidate. Through his distinct approach, Eisenhower managed to set the tone for the postwar Republican Party.

JFK's New Frontier: Definition, Speech & Program

3. JFK's New Frontier: Definition, Speech & Program

John F. Kennedy's presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 laid out his 'New Frontier' policy. Learn about the speech and the programs, and check your understanding with a quiz.

President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

4. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

The Great Society was an ambitious legislative program which attempted to eliminate poverty and racial inequity within the United States. Learn about the creation of the program, its endeavors and its ultimate legacy.

The Watergate Scandal: Summary, Facts & Timeline

5. The Watergate Scandal: Summary, Facts & Timeline

How did President Richard Nixon's landslide victory in 1972 lead to disgrace and resignation just two short years later? The story begins with a break-in in Washington D.C. and ends with a struggle for the trust of the American people, which you can read about in this lesson.

The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

6. The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

The presidential election of 1980 witnessed the transition from liberal to conservative politics in America. Learn about Ronald Reagan's campaign to become President of the United States in 1980 in this video lesson.

President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

7. President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy was an aggressive attempt to renew the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Learn about the policies, actions and results of Reagan's foreign policy in this lesson.

Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America & Clinton's Impeachment

8. 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

9. 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.

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