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  1. Unit 10: Contemporary United States

  2. Supreme Court • Included women and minorities: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Clarence Thomas (most recently Sonia Sotomayor)

  3. Immigration to the United States has increased from many diverse countries, especially Asian and Latin American Countries.

  4. Issues related to immigration policy • Strain on government services • Filling low-paying jobs in the United States • Border issues • Pathway to citizenship • Bilingual education • Increasing cultural diversity

  5. John F Kennedy • Supported the American Space Program. • First man in space was John Glenn • First man on the moon was Neil Armstrong • First female was Sally Ride “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!”

  6. Examples of technological advances • Space exploration • Space shuttle • Mars rover • Voyager missions • Hubble telescope

  7. Communications • Satellite • Global positioning system (GPS) • Personal communications devices • Robotics

  8. Changes in work, school, and health care • Telecommuting • On-line course work • Growth of service industries • Breakthrough in medical research, including improved medical diagnostic and imagining technologies • Outsourcing and off-shoring

  9. Mikhail Gorbachev 1985-1991Russian Leader • Increasing Soviet military expenses to compete with the United States • Glasnost and perestroika (openness and economic restructuring)

  10. Ronald Reagan 1981-1989 • Tax cuts • Strengthening the military • Told Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall” in reference to the Berlin Wall.

  11. George H.W. Bush 1989-1993 • Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe • Reunification of Germany • Collapse of Yugoslavia • Breakup of the Soviet State • Persian Gulf War 1990-1991 • First war where women were on the front line. • Operation Desert Storm

  12. William J. Clinton 1993-2001 • Created NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement) • Full diplomatic relations with Vietnam • Lifting of economic sanctions against South Africa when its government ended the policy of apartheid (racial segregation)

  13. George W. Bush 2001-2009 • Terrorist attack 9/11/01 – Created Homeland Security and the Patriot Act • Started the war in Iraq and Afghanistan

  14. United States responses to terrorism • Heightened security at home (Patriot act) • Diplomatic and military initiative

  15. History of Hip Hop • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juosXtw36ZY&feature=related • Rock n Roll • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ix6yzcjLl8&feature=related • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U17EcEkkCB8&playnext=1&list=PLCB2F35826CCF35B0 • Modern Presidents • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH6vN2P90N0 • Bush…the most joked on president • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w73dVVPRk0&feature=related

  16. Choose one to answer: ½ pg min! • 1. In the late 20th century, economic globalization transformed the US. Explain what globalization is and describe how it effected the US economy and population. • 2. The terrorist attack of 9/11 were unprecedented. What gave rise to those attacks? How did the nation react?