Ch 39: NMTA: America in the 1980s

About This Chapter

Review the major political and cultural changes in America during the 1980s. Our video lessons help you prepare to answer questions about this period in American history on the NES Middle Grades Social Science test. NES tests have now replaced equivalent NMTA tests for teacher endorsement and licensure in New Mexico.

NMTA: America in the 1980s - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to review foreign and economic policies as well as social changes in 1980s America. Lesson topics include the following:

  • New social trends in American life
  • Ronald Reagan's platform during the election of 1980
  • The successes, failures and effects of Reaganomics
  • Foreign policies of President Reagan
  • President George H.W. Bush's foreign and domestic policies

These video lessons provide a convenient and time-effective study method. Lessons are short and can be watched on-the-go using a laptop, smartphone or tablet. Quizzes and lesson transcripts provide additional tools to help you fully prepare for your test.

NMTA: America in the 1980s Chapter Objectives

New Mexico requires teachers seeking an endorsement to teach middle grades social sciences to take the NES Middle Grades Social Science test. The test is organized into four content domains, or broad subject areas. Fifty percent of the test score is derived from the history content domain. This chapter will help you get ready for history questions you may find on the test pertaining to America in the 1980s.

The NES test is administered by computer and has 150 multiple-choice questions. Test sessions are 3 hours long.

6 Lessons in Chapter 39: NMTA: America in the 1980s
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New Trends in American Life in the 1980s

1. New Trends in American Life in the 1980s

The 1980s represented a drastic change in American society, one not seen since the 1920s. Learn more about the decade, including its lifestyle trends, new consumer goods and expanding cultures, in this video lesson.

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

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