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Ch 20: WEST History: The Presidents of Contemporary America

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Use our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to reinforce and test your knowledge of U.S. presidents from the 1980s - present. Questions about these figures will appear on the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: The Presidents of Contemporary America - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of the policies of contemporary presidents from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. You will review domestic and foreign policies as well as accomplishments and failures of each of these leaders. After viewing these lessons, you should possess the following abilities that will help you answer relevant questions found on the WEST History exam:

  • Citing the successes and failures of Reagan's reformed economic plan
  • Noting the significant domestic policies of President George H.W. Bush
  • Describing President Bill Clinton's social, healthcare and welfare reforms
  • Discussing President George Bush's election and his impact on education and tax reform
  • Describing the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Summarizing Obama's domestic and foreign policies

Use the timeline feature to watch specific parts of the video lessons where you feel you need the most review. The self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson allows you to assess what you have learned using the same multiple choice format you will encounter on the WEST History exam.

WEST History: The Presidents of Contemporary America - Chapter Objectives

The WEST History exam is used to measure your comprehension of both U.S. and world history topics as well as social studies concepts. The Presidents of Contemporary America chapter covers political topics you are likely to be tested on in the fourth competency area of the exam's first domain. This area addresses political, social and economic developments in the U.S. in the latter half of the 20th century up to the present day.

The WEST History exam is computer-based and contains a total of 110 multiple choice questions, divided into three content domains. Questions on contemporary U.S. presidents are in the U.S. history content domain, which makes up 36% of the total content.

6 Lessons in Chapter 20: WEST History: The Presidents of Contemporary America
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Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

1. 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 George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments

2. 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.

Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: the Economy, Healthcare, Welfare & Social Policies

3. 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.

George W. Bush: 2000 Election & Domestic Agenda

4. 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

5. 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.

President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments

6. President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments

Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States in 2009. Learn about his first term including his domestic and foreign initiatives, and his successes and failures.

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