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Week 14 Lecture: The 21st Century and the End of Innocence

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Week 14 Lecture: The 21st Century and the End of Innocence History 1302

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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by De'arricka Bryant on Tuesday December 1, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to History 1302 at University of Texas at El Paso taught by Richard Clyde Foust in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 96 views. For similar materials see History of U.S. Since 1865 in History at University of Texas at El Paso.


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Date Created: 12/01/15
Week  14   Lecture:   The  21  Century  and  the  End  of  Innocence   ID:  Fall  of  Communism:     Perhaps  the  most  momentous  global  event  of  the  late  1980’s  was  the  destruction  of  the  Berlin   Wall.  In  fact,  the  political  revolutions  of  1989  marked  the  end  of  communism  in  Europe  and  the   Soviet  Union,  as  well  as  the  end  of  the  Cold  War.       ID:  Persian  Gulf  War:   Reagan’s  successor,  George  Bush,  organized  an  international  coalition  against  Saddam  Hussein   when  his  forces  invaded  oil-­‐rich  Kuwait.  Quick  victory  in  the  Persian  Gulf  War  restored   American  confidence  in  its  position  as  the  World’s  sole  superpower  and  helped  to  diminish  the   ghost  of  Vietnam  that  had  haunted  American  foreign  policy  debates  for  nearly  two  decades.       President  Bush  biggest  mistake,  He  does  not  take  Saddam  Hussein       ID:  Bill  Clinton:     In  1992,  Arkansas  Governor  Bill  Clinton  defeated  George  Bush  Sr.  to  become  the  first   Democratic  president  in  12  years.  During  his  2  terms,  Clinton  raised  taxes  on  the  wealthy,  cut   government  spending,  and  balanced  the  federal  budget.  Yet,  the  low-­‐point  in  his  presidency   began  when  he  was  accused  of  encouraging  a  White  House  intern  to  lie  to  lawyers  in  a  sexual   harassment  lawsuit  about  whether  she  had  a  affair  with  the  president.  Through  he  was   impeached  by  the  House,  he  was  not  removed  fro  office  by  the  Senate.       ID:  21  Century  America:   For  Americans,  the  20  century  ended  triumphantly.  America  was  the  strongest,  wealthiest,   most  powerful  nation  on  earth.  It  possessed  the  world’s  most  productive  economy  and  the   mightiest  armed  force.  It  dominated  global  manufacturing  and  trade  and  was  on  the  cutting   edge  of  invention,  science,  and  technology.  Its  popular  culture  was  dominant  across  much  of   the  globe  as  well.  Yet,  the  U.S.  was  not  with  out  its  enemies.     Bush  “F’s”  it  up…     Powerful  technology     Influential  pop  culture  (Very  Dominant)   We’re  wealthy,  productive     Ranked  pretty  low  in  education  …   Oklahoma  city  bombing  :  timothy  Mcvey  ,  political  move  target  democratic  federal   building  of  the  city  ,  beef  with  politics  ,  young  white  guy       ID:  9/11:   On  September  11 ,  2001,  Al-­‐Qaeda  terrorist  turned  commercial  airlines  into  missiles  and   attacked  key  symbols  of  American  economic  and  military  might.  In  response,  President  George   W.  Bush  and  his  advisors  vowed  to  punish  all  nations  sponsoring  terrorism.  Then,  using   questionable  intelligence  and  asserting  the  right  to  use  preventable  force,  the  U.S.  went  to  war   with  Iraq.  In  the  end,  America’s  superpower  status  couldn’t  protect  them  from  terrorist,  nor  did   it  guarantee  victory  over  insurgents  in  Iraq  and  Afghanistan.       ID:  Barack  Obama:    In  2009,  Barack  Obama  was  elected  as  America’s  first  African  American  President.  Facing  the   economic  woes  of  the  “great  Recession”  and  the  military  challenges  of  the  ongoing  war  in  Iraq,   the  President  signed  into  law  the  American  Recovery  and  Reinvestment  Act  of  2009  and  vowed   that  all  U.S.  troops  would  leave  Iraq  within  18  months.  President  Obama  was  reelected  in  the   2012  election,  defeating  Republican  Mitt  Romney.  


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