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The 1980s in America - Chapter Summary
This chapter has been assembled to help you study the changes in American life that took place during the 1980s and the events of the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Each lesson is taught by one of our professional instructors who can help you improve your knowledge of:
- American life and new trends of the 1980s
- The reemergence of economic and political conservatism of the '80s
- Success and failures of Reaganomics
- Ronald Regan's foreign policy
- George H.W. Bush's foreign policy
- Domestic policy and accomplishments of President George H.W. Bush
In addition to watching these lesson videos, you can improve your understanding of the material presented in them by reading the transcripts. After each lesson, test how well you retained the information presented in it by completing its quiz. After you've completed all the lessons and assessment of this chapter, take the practice chapter exam to measure your overall understanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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