- How does a public figure lose or restore a nation's trust?
- How did American foreign policy influence international events?
- What were the effects of the conservative resurgence in America?
TEKS for Unit 13:
2A- identify the major characteristics that define an historical era;
2B- identify the major eras in U.S. history from 1877 to the present and describe their defining characteristics;
2C- apply absolute and relative chronology through the sequencing of significant individuals, events, and time periods;
10A- describe Richard M. Nixon's leadership in the normalization of relations with China and the policy of détente;
10B- describe Ronald Reagan's leadership in domestic and international policies, including Reaganomics and Peace Through Strength;
10C- compare the impact of energy on the American way of life over time;
10D- describe U.S. involvement in the Middle East such as support for Israel, the Camp David Accords, the Iran-Contra Affair, Marines in Lebanon, and the Iran Hostage Crisis;
10E- describe the causes and key organizations and individuals of the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority, and the National Rifle Association; and
10F- describe significant societal issues of this time period.
12B- identify and explain reasons for changes in political boundaries such as those resulting from statehood and international conflicts.
14B- identify the roles of governmental entities and private citizens in managing the environment such as the establishment of the National Park System, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Endangered Species Act;
17C- describe the economic impact of defense spending on the business cycle and education priorities from 1945 to the 1990s;
17E- describe the dynamic relationship between U.S. international trade policies and the U.S. free enterprise system such as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil embargo, the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
19C- describe the effects of political scandals, including Watergate, on the views of U.S. citizens concerning trust in the federal government and its leaders;
19D- discuss the role of contemporary government legislation in the private and public sectors such as the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977;
19E- evaluate the pros and cons of U.S. participation in international organizations and treaties.
24B- evaluate the contributions of significant political and social leaders in the United States such as Billy Graham, Barry Goldwater, and Sandra Day O'Connor.
25A- describe how the characteristics and issues in U.S. history have been reflected in various genres of art, music, film, and literature;
25B- describe both the positive and negative impacts of significant examples of cultural movements in art, music, and literature such as Tin Pan Alley, the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Generation, rock and roll, the Chicano Mural Movement, and country and western music on American society;
25C- identify the impact of popular American culture on the rest of the world over time; and
25D- analyze the global diffusion of American culture through the entertainment industry via various media.
26A- explain actions taken by people to expand economic opportunities and political rights, including those for racial, ethnic, and religious minorities as well as women, in American society;
26C- explain how the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, gender, and religious groups shape American culture;
27A- explain the effects of scientific discoveries and technological innovations such as satellite communications, petroleum-based products, and computers on the economic development of the United States;
27B- explain how specific needs result in scientific discoveries and technological innovations in agriculture, the military, and medicine, including vaccines; and
27C- understand the impact of technological and management innovations and their applications in the workplace and the resulting productivity enhancements for business and labor such as robotics, computer management, and just-in-time inventory management.
28B- explain how space technology and exploration improve the quality of life; and
28C- understand how the free enterprise system drives technological innovation and its application in the marketplace.