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Ch 23: MTTC Political Science: U.S. Politics (1980-Present)

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Use these helpful video lessons to studh the events that defined the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama as you prepare for the MTTC Political Science exam.

MTTC Political Science: U.S. Politics (1980-Present) - Chapter Summary

This chapter aids in your review of foreign, domestic, and economic policy of U.S. presidents from 1980 to the present. You'll explore examples of conflicting constitutional principles and values, as well as changes in welfare and social policy. Watch these short, engaging lesson videos to review:

  • Reemergence of economic and political conservatism during the 1980's
  • Reaganomics and Reagan's foreign policy
  • Domestic and foreign policies of H.W. Bush and Clinton
  • The Contract with America and the impeachment of Clinton
  • G. W. Bush's domestic agenda and the War on Terror
  • Economic and government policies in 2008
  • Election and accomplishments of Obama

In addition to watching these lesson videos, be sure to try out the quizzes that accompany them to reinforce your understanding of the material and find topics you haven't yet mastered. After finding any areas of weakness, return to the lesson videos using the provided links to reinforce your understanding of them. Use video tags to skip over the material you already know. You can also use the lesson transcripts for an alternative review of the material.

MTTC Political Science: U.S. Politics (1980-Present) - Chapter Objectives

The Michigan Test for Teachers Certification (MTTC) Political Science exam assesses future educators' mastery over the studies of political science using 100 multiple choice questions. Of the material tested in this certification exam, 40% belongs to the Foundation and Operations of Government in the United States content domain. Among other topics, this domain includes questions about conflicting constitutional principles, values, and U.S. foreign policy. This chapter will help you improve your understanding of these topics by reviewing real life examples of them.

12 Lessons in Chapter 23: MTTC Political Science: U.S. Politics (1980-Present)
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The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

1. 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.

Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

2. Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

'Reaganomics' represented President Ronald Reagan's attempt at energizing the inert American economy following the 1970s. Learn about the program, as well as its successes and failures, in this lesson.

President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

3. 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.

President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

4. President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

President George H.W. Bush's foreign policy was a pragmatic blend of diplomacy and force. Learn more about Bush's international affairs during his tenure as President of the United States.

President George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments

5. President George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments

President George H.W. Bush's domestic agenda reflected a change in ideology. Learn about the domestic challenges Bush faced, his handling of the issues and his overall achievements.

Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: the Economy, Healthcare, Welfare & Social Policies

6. 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

7. 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

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.

George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

10. 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.

The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

11. 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

12. 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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