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Ch 56: Politics & Major Figures of Contemporary America (1992-2013)

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Review U.S. politics of the past quarter century or so with these video lessons and quizzes. Look at major figures and refresh your knowledge of events including the 9/11 attacks and the election of the first black president.

Politics & Major Figures of Contemporary America (1992-2013) - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to review information on U.S. politics from 1992-2013, including a look at the importance of a president's public image. You'll examine the 1992 presidential election, look at Bill Clinton's domestic and foreign policies, and examine Congress's actions during the late 1990s.

Other lessons look at George W. Bush's election, the attacks of 9/11 and the War on Terror. You'll also explore the economic collapse of 2008, and look at Barack Obama's election, programs and policies. After watching these lessons, you should have an understanding of topics including:

  • The 1992 presidential election
  • Clinton's domestic policy on the economy, healthcare and welfare
  • Policy in the Middle East, Haiti, Northern Ireland and Africa during Clinton's presidency
  • The Contract with America
  • The controversial 2000 election
  • Events of George W. Bush's presidency
  • Obama's election and presidency
  • Influential personalities of the period, including Oprah Winfrey, Alan Greenspan, Jerry Falwell and Bill Gates

You can watch these lessons on a computer or mobile device as your schedule permits. The quizzes that follow the lessons allow you to test your knowledge, and you can use the embedded video tags to quickly find and re-watch a key point that requires review. If you need additional help, our instructors are available to answer questions.

10 Lessons in Chapter 56: Politics & Major Figures of Contemporary America (1992-2013)
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The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

1. The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

A president's public image, or perceived character, plays an important role in the presidential campaign. It also plays an important role in the president's popularity and lasting reputation. This lesson takes a look at the presidential image.

The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot & George H.W. Bush

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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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