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1 Everything Else Johnson’s Great Society Johnson’s Great Society Watergate Watergate Middle East Middle East Reaganomics Reaganomics Iran – Contra Iran – Contra Desert Storm Desert Storm NAFTA NAFTA Terrorism Terrorism Patriot Act Patriot Act Amendments Amendments

2 Johnson’s Great Society Rest on abundance and liberty for all. Included major Social legislation. – Education for all – No Hunger / Poverty – Racial Equality Problems – Vietnam War – sucked all funds that were needed to provide programs to end poverty and promote education.

3 Watergate Watergate: Watergate: presidential scandal where President Nixon was caught in a web of lies and illegal activities. – Secret Wire taps – Breaking and Entering – Theft Ultimately led to his resignation: Ultimately led to his resignation: – First and only president to resign. – Gerald Ford replaces him – First president to never be elected (was appointed to vice – not elected). – Changes American’s perspective on the presidency. Ford pardoned (officially forgiven) Nixon of any crime – means no punishment. American public angry.

4 Ford pardoned (officially forgiven) Nixon of any crime – means no punishment. American public angry.

5 The Middle East Beginning of problems between America and Middle East OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) placed an oil embargo on Israel’s allies. – Oil prices skyrocketed Egypt had opposed Israel’s existence since its founding in 1948 and the two nations continually fought in a bitter war Carter invited the two leaders to Camp David in hopes to negotiate peace Camp David Accords: agreements for a peace treaty to end the war and bring friendship to Egypt and Israel Iran Hostage Crisis: 68 American diplomats working in Iran were taken hostage for the last year of Carters administration

6 Reagan at Home New Conservative Reganomics: “Supply-Side Economics” reduce taxes, people will have more money to spend, economy will grow. – Economy improved – National debt grew

7 Iran - Contra Iran-Contra affair: United States sold weapons to Iran in 1985 in exchange for Iran’s promise to pressure terrorist groups in Lebanon. – Why is this an “affair”? Contradicted administration’s policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists. Used the money to fund the Contras (rebel groups in Nicaragua).

8 Persian Gulf War Persian Gulf War Persian Gulf War: Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s ruthless dictator. Hussein invades Kuwait putting the worlds oil supply in danger. – Bush tried to get Iraqi troops removed diplomatically – Operation Desert Storm was the invasion that successfully got Iraqi troops out of Kuwait

9 NAFTA 1990s Trade Blocs became popular (untaxed trade) – European Union – NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade Association) America Joins with Canada and Mexico Good / Bad - Manufacturing Jobs - Where did they go?

10 Terrorism 1993 al Qaeda exploded a bomb in the World Trade Center- al Qaeda was also responsible for a growing number of terrorist attacks around the world. September 11, 2001 World Trade Centers in New York attacked by al Qaeda lead by Osama bin Laden

11 Patriot Act Signed October 26, 2001 (less than six weeks after 9/11). – Gives government and law enforcement agencies a lot more room to investigate potential terrorist threats. Roving wire taps Allows regulation of financial transactions Broader discretion regarding detaining and deporting foreigners. – Americans gave up civil liberties out of fear.

12 Amendments 13 th – No Slavery 14 th – Who is a Citizen 15 th – Right to Vote 16 th – Income Tax 17 th – Senate Elections 18 th – No Alcohol 19 th – Women Vote 21 st – Repeal Prohibition 24 th – No Poll Tax 25 th – Presidential Succession 26 th – 18 years to Vote


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