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HS A-85: Approaching the New Millenium Tuesday, May 1, 2007 I.Reagan Presidency A. Basic tenets a rejection of New Deal Liberalism 1. less govt. the better.

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1 HS A-85: Approaching the New Millenium Tuesday, May 1, 2007 I.Reagan Presidency A. Basic tenets a rejection of New Deal Liberalism 1. less govt. the better 2. capitalism not govt. should provide for people’s welfare 3. major govt. responsibility: defense B. Nonetheless similarities between Reagan and Roosevelt C. Three major areas of focus for Reagan administration; all ideologically driven but results more complex and ambiguous: 1. Economics—”Supply Side,” “trickle down” but huge deficits 2. Social issues—”family values,” “traditional American consensus” but limited achievements and growing social cleavages 3. Foreign policy—Reagan the consummate Cold Warrior presides over end of Cold War; how explain?

2 The Clinton Years of the 1990s I.Discuss two key shifts A. Changes in electoral politics, with shifting identities of Democratic and Republican parties; narrowing of differences between parties with election and ongoing presidency of Bill Clinton B. New polarizations in American society in 1990s 1. Class—growing gap between upper and lower income Americans, with gender and racial dimensions 2. Geographical— a. Metropolitan polarization: minority cities and white suburbs and exurbs b. Continued growth of sunbelt and “edge cities” within it By 2000 a new class and spatial landscape in US vs. 1950

3 1990s 10 Fastest Growing Cities in Five Sunbelt States Henderson, Nevada (“suburb” of Los Vegas, 88.4% increase ) Chandler, Arizona (“suburb” of Phoenix) Pembroke Pines, Florida (“suburb” of Miami) Palmdale, California Plano, Texas (“suburb” of Dallas) Las Vegas, Nevada (only one of top 10 to start decade with pop of more than 200,000) Scottsdale, Arizona Laredo, Texas Coral Springs, Florida Corona, California


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