A Changed America
by Jude Valor
In the 70's, there was stagflation. Nixon opened relations with China. People started Earth Day to conserve energy. The Watergate scandal made citizens wonder on what to believe.
High inflation and high unemployment.
President Nixon opens relations with China (Global)
America and China have diplomatic and economic relations with each other. This ends the country's resentment towards each other.
Earth Day (Cultural)
People save energy by not using electricity for an entire day. This started because people wanted to protect the environment.
Nixon tried to cover up a burglary of the Democratic National Committee. He denied to show the tapes for a while. When he did show it, it had about 15 minutes of it removed.
In the 80's, Reaganomics and the Reagan Doctrine were made. The Iran-Contra Affair happened, and Bill Gates created one of the most used inventions of all time.
(1) budget cuts, (2) tax cuts, (3) increased defense spending. Massive tax cuts would encourage personal savings and investment.
Reagan Doctrine (Political)
Strategy by U.S. under the Reagan Administration. Credited for weakening the U.S.S.R.
Iran-Contra Affair (Global)
Sold military weapons to Iran so it would help in freeing U.S. prisoners in Lebanon.
Bill Gates (Cultural)
Invented the computer. Still used today by millions.
In the 90's, Panama was invaded, President Bush broke his promise of "Read My Lips, No New Taxes." There was an economic recovery, and the Family and Medical Leave Act was passed.
Invasion of Panama (Global)
U.S. invades Panama to overthrow military dictator Manuel Noriega, who had been accused in the United States on drug trafficking charges and was accused of stopping democracy in Panama and endangering U.S. nationals.
Broke "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" (Political)
President Bush breaks a promise. Made Bush untrustworthy.
Economic Recovery (Economic)
Use of internet provides money. Increased stock prices.
Family and Medical Leave Act (Cultural)
President Clinton signed this bill. People could leave work to see a sick family member without consequence.
In the 2000's, 9/11 happened, foreign policy was changed, Obama became President, and the Global Era began.
Terrorist destroy the Twin Towers with hijacked planes. Made America have tighter security.
Foreign Policy (Cultural)
Osama Bin Laden with Al Queda were the terrorists responsible for 9/11. The Department of Homeland Security, USA Patriot Act, and TSA were created to fight them.
Obama Years (political)
Barack Obama became the first African American president. He increased troops in Afghanistan. He also normalized U.S. relations with Cuba.
Global Era (Global)
Pop culture spreads around the world. Multinational corporations form.