Chapter 34 The Age of Globalization

Chapter 32 The Age of Globalization
Florida Disputed
Bush’s Tax Cuts Corporate Scandals
Rising Poverty
Computer Revolution
Human Genome Project
Growing Elderly
Latino Immigrants
Black Middle Class
Black underclass LA Riots
AIDS Epidemic New Police Techniques
Right to Life Movement
Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas
Global Warming Multiculturalism
Rise of Terrorism 9/11
Axis of Evil
War in Iraq
Bill Clinton’s first-term agenda, how it fared and how it changed as the result of Republican gains in
1994, and the reasons for Clinton’s political comeback and reelection in 1996
The enduring aura of scandal surrounding the Clinton administration, the nature of the allegations,
Clinton’s impeachment and trial, and the reasons for his continued high public approval
The reasons for the historic sustained growth of the economy in the decade
The development and proliferation of personal computers and the Internet
The fundamental changes in the American economy after 1970, focusing on globalization and the
income gulf between those who were well-educated and those who were not
The profound demographic changes experienced in the nation from the 1970s into the 1990s
The widening societal gulf expressed in the growth of both the black middle class and an urban black
The status of contemporary cultural issues such as crime, drug use, AIDS, abortion, the environmental
movement, and the fragmentation of mass culture
The effects and challenges of an aging “baby boom” generation
10. The controversy and course of the 2000 election
11. The implications of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States
Questions to Consider
1.Describe the scandals that surrounded the Clinton presidency. What were the sources of Clinton’s
troubles? Was he, as supporters claimed, the subject of a “partisan witchhunt?” Why was he
impeached? Why was he not convicted? What accounted for the strong public approval of Clinton
during the many investigations?
Compare and contrast the recent accomplishments of the black middle class with the plight of the black
underclass. How do you account for both? What explains this stark disparity? Has any federal policy or
administration since the 1970s encouraged this trend?
3. Describe the changes that resulted from the introduction of the personal computer and the Internet? What
are the pros and cons of these new technologies? Where do you see these technologies taking society?
Will they come to dominate society, in essence, become “essential” items as the automobile has been?
Will these technologies increase or decrease the existing gulf in classes in society? How have they
affected mass culture?
4. Should the 2000 election have ended with the Supreme Court decision? Is it fair to say that George W.
Bush one the election by a single vote? What might have happened if the Court had refused to
5. What has happened to the traditional concepts of American democracy in the aftermath of the September
11, 2001 attacks? Should the United States be less of an open society? What constitutes a security risk