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End of the Century

The 1980s saw the rise of conservatism in America, “trickle-down” economics, and the end of the Cold War—symbolized most powerfully when the Berlin Wall was torn down. The HIV/AIDs epidemic caused devastating mortality in the 1980s that eventually galvanized activist groups to pressure government and science communities to provide solutions and treatment for the growing health threat. By the 1990s the U.S. was plunged into another war, the Gulf War, when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.

Personal computers, the internet, and mobile phones became ubiquitous and essential tools in modern society and ushered in a new era in communications. The end of the century became embroiled in personal political scandal with the impeachment of president Bill Clinton. Political uncertainty presided over the presidential election of 2000, which came down to a few controversial votes. It was one of the closest elections in history.

    RISE OF CONSERVATISM

  • Reagan - At the end of two terms in office, President Ronald Reagan left his legacy, the Reagan Revolution (Reaganomics = or supply-side economics).... Continue Reading
  • Conservatism - The conservative movement is a term that describes the process through which control of the Republican Party has been taken by people with strong feelings in favor of robust national defense, low taxe... Continue Reading
  • Iran-Contra Scandal - The Iran-Contra Affair was a clandestine action not approved of by the United States Congress.... Continue Reading
  • Fall of Berlin Wall - The Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Germany since 1961, represented the rise of the Cold War. It was torn down by masses of people in 1989.... Continue Reading
  • George H.W.Bush - George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st president of the United States, from January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993.... Continue Reading
  • WAR & AIDS

  • AIDS - The AIDS epidemic in the United States officially began on June 18, 1981, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a small grouping of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (n... Continue Reading
  • Persian Gulf War - Operation Desert Storm, popularly known as the first Gulf War, was the successful U.S.-Allied response to Iraq's attempt to overwhelm neighboring Kuwait.... Continue Reading
  • POLITICAL INSTABILITY

  • Clinton and Impeachment. - Very few American presidents have figure skated through their terms in office with a perfect "10," and Bill Clinton was no exception. Controversy and scandal overshadowed a remarkable turnaround in th... Continue Reading
  • Election Turmoil in 2000 - The election of 2000 was extremely close, with the Republican presidential ticket of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney winning a tiny majority in the electoral college despite losing the popular vote to ... Continue Reading