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Unit XII : The United States since the Vietnam War (1973-present)

Competency Goal 12: The United States since the Vietnam War (1973-present) - The learner will identify and analyze trends in domestic and foreign affairs of the United States during this time period.

Generalizations:

• Attempts to gain influence over an area can occur through political, economic, and military means.
• The national government may increase its scope of power during times of crisis.
• Social and cultural values of a society may influence political and economic decisions of the government.

Objectives

12.01 Summarize significant events in foreign policy since the Vietnam War.

Essential Questions:

• How have significant events in foreign policy since the Vietnam War impacted America and America’s role in the world?
• To what degree is the self-perception of the U.S. impacted by world opinion?
• What impact does the media have in shaping United States foreign policy?

Macro Concepts:

Power
Conflict
Leadership

Micro Concepts:

Nationalism
Communism
Internationalism
Foreign policy
Radicalism
Apartheid

Factual Content

Yom Kipper War
Yasser Arafat-Palestine Nationalism (PLO)
Helsinki Accords
Jimmy Carter
Camp David Accords
Anwar el-Sadat
Menachem Begin
Shah of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
Iranian Hostage Crisis
Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars)
U.S. invasion of Lebanon
Iran-Contra Affair
Mikhail Gorbachev
INF Treaty
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Tiananmen Square
Nelson Mandela
Saddam Hussein
Persian Gulf Wars
Famine/Somalia and Ethiopia
Foreign debt

12.02 Evaluate the impact of recent constitutional amendments, court rulings, and federal legislation on United States' citizens.

Essential Questions:

• How have recent constitutional amendments, court rulings, and federal legislation impacted the lives of U.S. citizens?
• Have recent government actions increased civil rights and liberties of citizens?
• To what extent did federal legislation promote equality in the last part of the 20th century?

Macro Concepts:

Justice
Equality
Diversity

Micro Concepts:

States’ rights
Affirmative action
Civil Rights
Civil Liberties

Factual Content

Swann v Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Title IX
Geraldine Ferraro
William Rehnquist
Sandra Day O'Connor
Flag burning
Texas v Johnson (1989)
Clarence Thomas
Americans with Disabilities Act

12.03 Identify and assess the impact of economic, technological, and environmental changes in the United States.

Essential Questions:

• How has America been impacted by economic, technological, and environmental changes?
• What is the price of innovation and change?
• What is the role of citizens in caring for and protecting the environment?

Macro Concepts:

Change
Innovation

Micro Concepts:

Business cycle
Globalization
Supply and demand
Conservation
Technology
Environmentalism

Factual Content

Energy Crisis
Stagflation
WIN (Ford)
Three Mile Island
Department of Energy
National Energy Act
Supply-Side economics (Reagonomics)
"Trickle-down" theory
Airline deregulation
National debt
Food stamps
Challenger disaster
NAFTA
Computer revolution
Internet
Bill Gates
NASDAQ, 1990's
Sunbelt

12.04 Identify and assess the impact of social, political, and cultural changes in the United States.

Essential Questions:

• To what extent have recent social, political, and cultural changes in the U.S. affected life in America?
• Have the differences in political ideologies created a more divisive society?
• What factors have contributed to shaping the social, political, and cultural identity of America?

Macro Concepts:

Change
Conflict
Leadership
Migration

Micro Concepts:

Immigration
Amnesty

Factual Content

New Federalism
Presidential pardon
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Elections of 1976-2000
New Right Coalition
Stonewall Riots
Gay Rights Movement
Graying of America
New Democrat
Ross Perot
Bill Clinton
Al Gore
Newt Gingrich
Joe Lieberman
John McCain
Newt Gingrich
Immigration Policy Act

Objective 12.05: Assess the impact of growing racial and ethnic diversity in American society.

Essential Questions:

• To what extent is America more racially and ethnically diverse today than at the turn of the 20th century?
• Have the changes in American society improved life in the U.S.?
• What impact has recent immigration had on the social, economic, and political culture of the US?

Macro Concepts:

Diversity
Change

Micro Concepts:

Multiculturalism
Nativism
Immigration
Affirmative Action
Reverse Discrimination

Factual Content

Regents of UC v Bakke, 1978
Minorities in politics
Multiculturalism
Green Card
Bilingual education
No Child Left Behind

12.06 Assess the impact of twenty-first century terrorist activity on American society.

Essential Questions:

• How has the nation changed since the events of 9/11?
• How does society balance the desire to increase freedoms while maintaining national security?
• How far should the government go to secure protection for its citizens?

Macro Concepts:

Freedom
Power
Conflict

Micro Concepts:

Civil liberties
Terrorism

Factual Content

Nuclear proliferation
Embassy bombings
Terrorist network
Al-Quaeda
Osama bin Laden
September 11, 2001
Patriot Act
Colin Powell
George W. Bush
World Trade Center
Taliban Regime
Afghanistan
War on Iraq
Department of Homeland Security
Airport security
Pre-emptive strikes
"Axis of Evil"
Bush Doctrine

Primary Sources:

Berkeley

1976-2000

2001-

Other Resources

Timeline

Library of Congress Resources

Supplemental Readings

Digital History

USINFO

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