2000s

Kyra Grandall

Presidents and Key Leaders

Bill Clinton was the first president of the decade. He served from 1993-2001. He did many things for America including reducing the poverty rate, passed NAFTA and reduced the amount of military. He was not liked because of the scandal that took place while he was in office. Next was George W. Bush and he was president from 2001-2009. He doubled the national health institutions research budget and put in place an emergency plan for AIDS relief. Another big part of his presidency was the capture of Saddam Hussein. Last was Barack Obama and he has been serving since 2009. During his presidency he has created Obama-care, and retracted troops from duty. Obama also passed a stimulus which included $787 million for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Tony Blair was a key leader of the decade because of his support towards us during the war on terror. He was the prime minister of Great Britain at the time and supported the United States in the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. Because of his support towards the two wars he was criticized by his country. Another key leader of the 2000's was Jean Chretien. Jean Chretien was the prime minister of Canada. He also supported us in the war against Afghanistan. He even sent troops to assist the United States. However, he did not support us in the war against Iraq because he did not see the connection between Iraq and 9/11. Like Tony Blair, Jean Chretien was criticized by his country because of his choice to support us in the war.

Key Laws

There were 4 main laws that were passed in the 2000's. The first was the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This act sets deadlines for states to expand the scope and frequency of student testing, revamp their accountability systems, and guarantee that every teacher is qualified in their subject area. The next main law passed was the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. The act prevents employers from engaging in discriminatory practices including firing, refusing to hire, or other discriminatory acts. This also includes compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment based on genetic information. The next law passed was the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act of 2008. This act provides for the provision of scientifically sound information and support services to parents receiving a positive test diagnosis for Down syndrome or other prenatally and postnatally diagnosed conditions for their children. The last law is the Affordable Care Act of 2010. This was also called the health care reform law and it contains numerous provisions that greatly benefit people with disabilities. It also prohibits pre-existing condition exclusions, eliminates annual and lifetime caps, and prohibits discrimination based on health status and disability.
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Critical Supreme Court Decisions

This decade had many critical supreme court decisions that still impact us today. The first one is Gonzales v. Raich which took place in 2005. This made it legal for congress to ban the use of marijuana even if it was for medical purposes. The next was Gonzales v. Carhart which took place in 2007. This made it legal for congress to ban a certain type of abortion which was known as partial birth abortion. The last was Kennedy v. Louisiana which took place in 2008. This said that in the instance of rape, the death sentence can not be ordered if the victim did not die, or death wasn't intended.

War and Defense Decisions

There were many major events during this decade that dealt with war. The first big event was 9/11. 9/11 took place on September 9, 2001 it involved terrorist hijacking planes and crashing into the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. This event led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. It also tightened security in our nation, mainly at airports. Lastly it led us into the War on Terror. The War on Terror included two wars, one against Afghanistan and one against Iraq. They were both mainly a reaction to 9/11 and terrorists. Also within this decade there were multiple school shootings. These shootings brought up the topic of gun control which is still being debated today.

Technology

Technology was a huge part of this decade. It really started to advance and evolve. Many new devices and ideas came about in the 2000's. Some of the popular technology included cell phones, digital cameras, headphones, laptops, tablets, video games, soundbars, speaker docks, Ipods, and Ipads. All of this technology helps people everyday. It helps students learn at school, adults complete their work, and also is entertainment for many people in public and at home because of the mobility of the devices. Medical technological advances include human genome discoveries, stem cell research, new drugs and research for cancer, therapy that extends HIV survival, and new MRI technology. With all these advancements we are improving our health and our chance at surviving longer. These new technologies are also helping cure diseases and illnesses!


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Entertainment

Entertainment was very important to the 2000's decade. During this decade music and the artists were very influential to many people. Many teens looked up to these artists and tried to act and dress like them. Popular music of the time was hip hop and rap. Boy bands were also very prominent in the 2000's. The top song was Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson, which came out in 2005. Movies were also very influential to teens. Popular genres included comedies, chick flicks, action, and romances. The top movie of the decade was the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Video games were also a very popular part of the decade. Some of the popular games included CoD, Halo, WoW, and Diablo II. Most of the popular video games were war related and involved violence.

Sports

Sports were also very influential to the teens. Many teens would look up to their favorite athletes and try to be like them. Some of the popular athletes included Michael Jordan a NBA player, Serena Williams a tennis player, and Usain Bolt a track star. Popular teams included the Green Bay Packers, the New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Sports were a very popular way to spend time with family and friends. Many people enjoy sports and make the athletes into their role models that's why sports are so special to this decade.

Lifestyle

The lifestyle of the 2000’s was a lot different than the previous ones. People made a lot less in this decade than the decade before it, and the average wage for 2000 was $39,423. It went up gradually throughout the decade so that it was $51,888 in 2009. During this time there was zero net job creation. Teen life was also very different from the decade before it. Teens are surrounded with a lot of new technology. This group of teens was called “The Technology Generation.” For teens life revolved around friends, family, social media, technology, school, music, sports and other extra curricular activities. Teen girls fashion in the 2000s included skinny jeans, ugg boots, low rise jeans, oversized glasses, and leggings. T-shirts and jeans were still popular to teen girls of the time. Teen boy’s in the early 2000s wore jeans and t-shirts, but athletic based clothing began to also be a trend.


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Famous People

In this decade their were many influential and incredible people who spent their time helping others. These famous people would give people what they needed to survive when they were struggling. One of those people was Oprah. Oprah had her own television show, and on the show she would give out many things such as money and prizes. She also helped with disasters. This included helping the victims of hurricane Katrina. Another famous person from the decade was Ellen DeGeneres. She was also a talk show host who would give away money and prizes. Ellen also was a gay activist and an animal rights supporter. The last female famous person of the decade was Taylor Swift. She was famous for her music but was also known for supporting and being there for her fans. The next famous person was Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was a well known artist that had many songs out. He died in 2009 and most of the country felt the lose of this well known artist. The last famous person of the decade was Bill Gates. He was an entrepreneur who built one of the most well known computer software's, Microsoft. Bill Gates was one of the wealthiest people in the world and would donate much of his money to charities and people in need.