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Ch 14: The 1980s Through Today

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Let us guide your study of the major political activities and common living trends of the 1980s. Watch the engaging video lessons and take the informative quizzes for immediate feedback on your learning.

The 1980s Through Today

This decade began with the election of Ronald Reagan, former movie star and Governor of California. He served two terms, and his administration brought a return of political and economic conservatism. In this chapter, you can learn more about the effects of 'Reaganomics' and the details of his foreign policy.

George H.W. Bush took office in 1989 and served one term. Near the start of his presidency, the Soviet Union dissolved, thus ending the Cold War. In 1990, the United States became involved with other countries in a war, Desert Storm, against Iraq, who had invaded Kuwait. You can find out all about this president's accomplishments here, in addition to learning the specifics of his administration's foreign policy.

Bill Clinton took office in 1993. Learn about that presidential election and his opponents. This chapter also delves into Clinton's domestic policy, outlining the details of corporate regulation, welfare, healthcare and the military, during his two-term stay in office. You can also learn about Clinton's foreign policy concerning Haiti, the Middle East, Northern Ireland and Africa. Find out why this president was eventually impeached.

George W. Bush, the son of H.W. Bush, became the 43rd President of the United States in 2001. Explore his election and domestic agenda through these video lessons. You can also learn about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the beginnings of Bush's 'War on Terror'. As you watch and read your way through this chapter concerning recent history, you can take the multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each chapter to check your understanding of the concepts covered in the lessons.

13 Lessons in Chapter 14: The 1980s Through Today
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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.

The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm

5. The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm

In this lesson, we will learn about the end of the Cold War and the Gulf War - also known as Desert Storm. We'll learn what led to these events and highlight the key themes associated with them.

President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

6. 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.

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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.

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