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Contemporary America. The Conservative Ascendancy, the Fall of the Wall, and the “End of History.”. Standard 26: Politics and Economics at the End of the Twentieth Century.

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contemporary america

Contemporary America

The Conservative Ascendancy,

the Fall of the Wall,

and the “End of History.”

standard 26 politics and economics at the end of the twentieth century
Standard 26: Politics and Economics at the End of the Twentieth Century
  • AP US 26.3 Analyze the changes in the American economy: the energy crisis, deindustrialization, and the emergence of the service economy
  • AP US 26.4 Trace the development of the New Right and the Reagan Revolution
election of 1976
Election of 1976
  • Nixon/Watergate/Republican backlash?
  • Impact of oil embargo and/or economy?
jimmy carter
Jimmy Carter
  • Camp David Accords
  • Iranian Hostage Crisis
  • Afghanistan
A PowerPoint diagram meant to portray the complexity of American strategy in Afghanistan certainly succeeded in that aim.
the new right
The New Right
  • The “Moral Majority” that feel like “traditional family values” are being undermined.
  • Conservatives who believe that taxes are too high and/or that the federal government is too large and/or that government intervention does more harm than good (“Stop helping me!” -- thanks Mr. Morris!).
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The New Right
  • Roe v. Wade (1973)
  • Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978)
election of 1980
Election of 1980
  • Lingering economic issues?
    • Question: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
  • Foreign policy!
ronald reagan
Ronald Reagan
  • Reaganomics!
  • Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI aka “Star Wars”)
  • “The Evil Empire”
  • “Epidemics” including drugs and AIDS
  • Iran-Contra


US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachov at the first Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. November 1985

mikhail gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev

U.S. President Ronald Reagan delivers his famed speech at the Berlin Wall in June of 1987, in which he called for Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear Down This Wall!"

essay question
Essay question
  • “Shifts in party control of the presidency during the second half of the twentieth century have typically not brought major shifts in domestic policy.”

Assess the validity of this statement using the domestic programs of TWO of the following presidential administrations:

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Richard M. Nixon

Ronald W. Reagan

the persian gulf war
The Persian Gulf War
standard 27 society and culture at the end of the twentieth century
Standard 27: Society and Culture at the end of theTwentieth Century
  • AP US 27.1 Trace and evaluate demographic changes: surge of immigration after 1965, Sunbelt migration, and the “graying” of America
  • AP US 27.2 Analyze the revolutions in biotechnology, mass communication, and computers
  • AP US 27.3 Evaluate the politics of America’s multicultural society
standard 28 the united states in the post cold war world
Standard 28: The United States in the Post Cold War World
  • AP US 28.1 Define and explain globalization and the American economy
  • AP US 28.2 Compare and contrast unilateralism and multilateralism in foreign policy
  • AP US 28.3 Analyze the causes of domestic and foreign terrorism
  • AP US 28.4 Evaluate environmental issues in a global context
clinton years
Clinton years
  • “It’s the economy, stupid.”
  • Los Angeles Riots
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • “Contract with America”
  • The Internet and World Wide Web
  • Bosnia
the culture wars
“The Culture Wars”
  • In California:
    • Proposition 187
    • Voting to end consideration of race, ethnicity, and gender in college admissions and public employment
  • Timothy McVeigh
  • Defense of Marriage Act
  • Impeachment
essay question1
Essay question
  • Explain the causes and consequences of TWO of the following population movements in the United States during the period 1945-1985.


The growth of the Sun Belt

Immigration to the United States