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Transcript of 1990's-Present
American Business and the American Dream
Foreign Relations in the 1990's
The 2000 Election
Responding to Crisis
Challenges in the 21st Century
Exporting American Values
Entrepreneurs and the American Dream
Examples of achieving wealth and success in the United States through hard work, ambition and talent.
Global Economics and the United States
North America Free Trade Agreement
The General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade
Replaced in 1994 by the World Trade Organization
Ending the The Cold War
"... We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakeable, [and] advance the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
-Ronald Reagan, 1987
Persian Gulf War
Response to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. After 6 months, Hussein agreed to remove all Iraqi troops from Kuwait. This was the first major challenge to world order after the Cold War.
Yugoslavia was created after World War I with multiple ethnic groups within the borders. A civil war broke out between the Christian Serbs and the Muslim Bosnian groups. After a Serbian attempt at eliminating Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo, President Clinton helped negotiate peace in Bosnia and led the use of NATO airstrikes against Serbia.
Clinton was impeached for lying under oath about an affair with an intern. After the scandal, Americans felt they could not trust their elected leaders.
The 2000 Election
The role of third parties
The role of the popular vote vs. the Electoral College.
On September 11th, 2001, terrorists hijacked 4 planes and crashed into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, PA (after passengers resisted). Three thousand people were killed.
Why the US invaded Afghanistan
One of the responses to the terrorist attacks was the USA Patriot Act of 2001 which expanded the government's law enforcement powers.
Constitutional issues and the Patriot Act
In 2005, a major hurricane hit New Orleans and flooded 80% of the city and other areas in the Gulf Coast.
Physical Geographic factors
Human Geographic Factors
Election of first African-American president
Contributions of Women
13% of the population living in the United States are immigrants. Some estimate that there are 15 million illegal aliens (immigrants) now living in the United States.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
$700 billion bailout package to create new jobs, save existing ones, spur economic activity, and invest in long-term infrastructure development
The spread of American culture made possible thanks to television, film, music and the internet.
How this era might be assessed.