Ch 17: The United States (1970s-1990s)

About This Chapter

You can learn about the history of the United States from the 1970s to the 1990s by taking a look at the text and video lessons included in this chapter. Our lessons will go over key topics and events from this era in a convenient online format.

The United States (1970s-1990s) - Chapter Summary

When learning about American history, it might be a good idea to break your studies up by specific decades or particular eras. The text and video lessons included in this chapter will specifically teach you about major topics, events and issues from American history in the decades between 1970 and 1999.

Read or watch these lessons to learn about some of the major issues that drove American law, government and culture during this time period. Each lesson is taught by an experienced instructor who will share his or her historical expertise on these subjects in an interactive online format. Go through this chapter to learn about:

  • Roe v. Wade
  • The Watergate Scandal
  • The GI Bill of Rights
  • Reaganomics
  • Congress in the 1990s
  • Governmental protection of the American economy

Each of the videos contains helpful tags that will allow you to jump to specific points in the lesson corresponding to main points. The chapter also offers complete transcripts of all of the videos for you to study on your own time. Additionally, you can get further clarification on these topics by messaging the lesson instructors.

7 Lessons in Chapter 17: The United States (1970s-1990s)
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Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

1. Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

''Roe v. Wade, 1973'' was the landmark Supreme Court decision in regard to legalized abortion. Learn about the case, the decision and its impact on the United States.

The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

2. 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.

The GI Bill of Rights: Definition & Benefits

3. The GI Bill of Rights: Definition & Benefits

In this lesson, you'll learn about an important piece of U.S. legislation known as the G.I. Bill of Rights, and you'll be given an overview of what benefits it provides to veterans.

Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

4. 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.

Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America & Clinton's Impeachment

5. 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.

How the Government Protects the U.S. Economy

6. How the Government Protects the U.S. Economy

The following lesson will cover the ways in which the government protects the U.S. economy and ensures stable economic growth. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences

7. Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences

In the past, most people lived in rural areas. There has been a shift in recent years towards urban and suburban living. Not only has this shift changed where more people reside, it has also had many environmental consequences.

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