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Ch 23: The Rise of Political Conservatism: AP US History Lesson Plans

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The Rise of Political Conservatism chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of The Rise of Political Conservatism chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayAmerican cultural trends and the election of 1980American cultural, industrial and political trends in the 1980s; the growth of conservative politics and the election of Ronald Reagan
TuesdayDomestic policies of President Ronald ReaganOverview of Reaganomics and President Reagan's belief in 'trickle-down' economics
WednesdayForeign policies of President Ronald ReaganAmerican foreign policy challenges and responses in Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Soviet Union
ThursdayDomestic policies of President George H.W. BushThe Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 and other domestic accomplishments
FridayForeign policies of President George H.W. Bush Chinese protests in Tiananmen Square, the Gulf War, disposition of Manuel Noriega in Panama and other foreign policy challenges; easing of Cold War tensions and the New World Order

6 Lessons in Chapter 23: The Rise of Political Conservatism: AP US History Lesson Plans
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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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