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Recent American History & Politics - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find a series of short video lessons about recent American history and politics. Watch videos about the foreign policies of Richard Nixon, the conflict in the Middle East and the Watergate Scandal. After you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Identify new trends in American life in the 1980s
- Detail the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980
- Discuss the causes of the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War
- Outline the foreign and domestic policy of President George H.W. Bush
- Explain Bill Clinton's domestic and foreign policy during his presidency
- Describe the war on terror and the 9/11 terrorist attack during George W. Bush's presidency
- Outline the American economy and government policy in 2008
- Discuss the election, accomplishment and policies of President Barack Obama
This chapter is a handy way to reach your educational goals, whether you're studying for a test or finishing your homework. Any questions that come up along the way can be directed to one of our experts through the Dashboard. Our videos are easy to navigate using the timeline feature if you need to go back and watch just one part again.
1. Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente
President Richard Nixon entered office in 1969 with the hope of easing international relations and honorably ending the war in Vietnam. Learn about his various attempts at securing international peace.
2. Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact
The 1970s represented a period of economic distress in the United States. Learn about one of the major factors, the 1973 oil embargo by OPEC, and its devastating impact on the American economy in this video lesson.
3. The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation
The Watergate Scandal represented President Richard Nixon's wanton abuse of the executive privilege. Learn more about the scandal, those involved, the investigation and Nixon's inevitable resignation.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline
In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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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Other chapters within the AP US History: Exam Prep course
- Early American Civilizations
- Settling North America & the Colonies
- Important Events Leading to the American Revolution
- Events & Leaders of the American Revolution Overview
- The Making of a Nation after the American Revolution
- The Virginia Dynasty & Jacksonian Democracy Overview
- Everyday Life in Antebellum America
- Overview of Westward Expansion
- Buildup to the American Civil War
- The American Civil War
- After the Civil War: Reconstruction
- Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)
- Social Issues of the Progressive Era (1900-1917)
- American Imperialism & World War I
- America in the 1920s (1920-1929)
- The Great Depression & New Deal (1929-1940)
- Significant Events of World War II
- World Events & Politics After World War II (1946-1959)
- Events & Presidents During the Cold War (1950-1973)
- Changes in the Modern United States
- Overview of Civil Rights & Other Movements
- Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History
- AP U.S. History: Test-Taking Skills and Prep
- Essay Writing Overview
- AP US History Flashcards