Ch 23: The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992): Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992) unit of this AP U.S. History Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about conservative economic and social ideas of this period. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP U.S. History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the rise of conservatism from 1980 to 1992. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the conservative movement. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about American life in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan's 1980 election, Reaganomics, the collapse of communism in Europe, and domestic and foreign policies under Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a U.S. history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a rise of political conservatism unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992) Unit Objectives:

  • Explore trends in 1980s America in demographics, culture, economics and politics.
  • Learn about Ronald Reagan and the economic and political policies he represented.
  • Analyze Reagan's domestic policies, especially supply-side economics, often called 'Reaganomics'.
  • See how the U.S. responded to events in the world, including Northern Ireland and the Middle East.
  • Explore foreign policy under the George H.W. Bush administration, including a look at the demise of communism in many countries.
  • Examine domestic policy during the Bush administration.

6 Lessons in Chapter 23: The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992): Homeschool Curriculum
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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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