2000s: War on Terror

Shania Wendland

Key Leaders

President Bill Clinton served his presidential term January 20, 1993 to January 20, 2001. He was able to reduce the poverty rate from 15.1% to 11.8%. This was considered a large accomplishment.

President George W. Bush then was elected in January 20, 2001 through January 20, 2009. He was able to double the National Health Institutions research budget. Many civilians did not appreciate President Bush after the War on Terror began in Iraq.

President Barack Obama was elected January 20, 2009 and is still currently serving. He is well known for his movement in the Obamacare.

Key Laws

Some important key laws passed during this decade include:

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Ensuring that no child was left behind in learning capabilities.

Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008

Ensured that employers were not discriminatory based on genetic information

The Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act of 2008

Provides sound information to parents who have received prenatal testing, that resulted in a positive test in Down Syndrome, or other prenatally and postnatally diagnoses of their children.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010

Health reform law that ensures their are no discriminatory actions being taken because of a person with a disability.

Critical Supreme Court Decisions

In November of 2000, the supreme court decides that highway checkpoints used primarily for use of illegal drug searches is ruled to be a violation of the fourth amendment. In January of 2000, the Right to Counsel Rule is modified, In 2007, Congress is ruled to be able to prohibit a specific abortion known as partial-abortion if their is evidence to justify the procedure. Another matter concerning t=medical actions. The death sentence was ruled inaplicable in the instance of a rape if the victim did not lose their life, or death wasn't intended.

Wars and Defense Decisions

This decade was a decade of trial. The nation's strength was put to the test in many instances. On September 11th, 2001, a devastating day in our nations history, two planes under the direction of Al Qaeda Terrorists crashed into the World Trade Centers in New York City. This led us into the War in Afghanistan as well as the War in Iraq. Our nation saw many changes in security after these events occurred. Airport security became very strict, and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security led our nation to be more secure.

War In Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan started on October 7th, 2001. This was an effort to control the Taliban. This is referred to as the Operation Enduring Freedom. This as well as the war in Iraq led our nation into a series of questioning concerning our nation's security.

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War in Iraq

The war in Iraq started on March 20, 2003. This is typically referred to as a war for oil. Another main goal of the war was to capture the leader Saddam Hussein, for the United States wanted to disarm a rogue nation within Iraq. The United States wanted to better the lives of Iraqi civilians. The United States Armed forces was successful in capturing Saddam Hussein.

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Technological advancements were huge within this decade. It was a true expansion in knowledge about these items, as a way to better the lives of Americans. As the decade progressed many technologies became more well known including, the cell phone, Ipod's, Digital Cameras, and Laptops. This was the basis for the technological society that we live in today.


Items began to increase in cost throughout the decade. Gasoline increased at 158% between the beginning of the decade to the end. An aspect that doesn't seem to follow what is expected is that people made a lot less of an average wage than the decade before it. Inflation began to play a huge factor. Entertainment spanned a great distance as video game counsels became more popular, tv entertainment, and music created a new pass time for children throughout adulthood. With a changing society came a change in fashion. Teenage girls wore less conservative clothing, and teenage boys stayed with the typical jeans and a t-shirt. This decade is similar in ways as we live today, as there hasn't been to drastic of a change from this decade to the next.

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Sports were very popular during the 2000s, as basketball, baseball, football, and volleyball became more popular. People were able to sit down and watch games on the tv or maybe even attend the games in real person. This became a major event for bonding time with family. Some famous athletes include Serena Williams, a tennis player, Shaun White, a snowboarder, and Usain Bolt, a track star.

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Famous People

Many people left their mark in history throughout this decade. They include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, and Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey started a talk show that eventually turned into a very popular talk show as she innovated herself as a strong entrepreneur. Ellen DeGeneres really reformed tv talk shows as she was able to broadcast her sexuality openly. She was a animals rights activist. She is a woman with a lot of heart there to give to people in need. Taylor Swift is an innovator in the instance of music. She is a young musician who gained her start at a young age and has done nothing but take it and run with it. Michael Jackson created a new era of music through his unique music styles and dancing techniques. He left his signature mark. Bill Gates is always referred to as a billionaire. He is responsible for the creation of the computer software Microsoft. All of these entrepreneurs held a tough grasp on the achievements they were ready to achieve, and they did just that.