Unit 9: 1980 - Present

Unit 9 Key Concepts

  • 9.1 A newly ascendant conservative movement achieved several political and policy goals during the 1980s and continued to strongly influence public discourse in the following decades. 
  • 9.2 Moving into the 21st century, the nation experienced significant technological, economic, and demographic changes.  
  • 9.3 The end of the Cold War and new challenges to U.S. leadership forced the nation to redefine its foreign policy and role in the world.    
Unit 9 covers from 1980 to the present. It focuses on the rise of the conservative movement beginning in the 1980s, technological and economic changes, and the end of the Cold War. 

The conservative movement from the 1980s to the present traces its origins to the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. The Reagan administration enacted significant tax cuts and deregulated many industries. Conservativism at the federal level inspired similar efforts at local and state governments. Governments at all levels began to reduce funding for social programs and limit the scope of government authority.

At the same time that the Reagan administration was reducing domestic spending, it was pursuing an interventionist foreign policy. U.S. military spending increased in the 1980s, and has continued to increase up the modern day, as the United States continues to assert a role in international affairs. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 most of U.S. foreign policy has focused on fighting terrorism around the world.

Unit 9 Review Resources

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Ms. Dickie's Review Video

Ms. Dickie discusses this unit in a thematic way which will help best with the written response questions. 

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Heimler's History

If you would like to rewatch videos from this unit based on the key concepts, then view this playlist here: Unit 9 Playlist

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APUSH Review with Adam Norris

A review of this entire time period in a 10 minute video. These videos have notes on the screen which may be helpful when writing down key ideas. 

If you like these, here are some more from this time period focusing on specific topics: More Period 9 Videos 

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Khan Academy

This includes quick summaries of important topics in written and video form and short quizzes to test your understanding. Khan Academy is free to use and if you plan on using this often it might be helpful to create an account to keep track of your progress. View Unit 9 content here

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Gilder Lehrman

This video covers a challenging period of expansion, crisis, and rebuilding for America. These videos include a summary of key ideas as well as a description of some documents you might see on the exam. 

Period 9 Timeline: Includes documents and key events. 

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Crash Course

John Green has a series of videos for each unit that are not specifically APUSH related but cover important topics you will see on the exam. He talks very fast but if you like these videos there are several for each time period. View the topics from this unit below: 

Economic Malaise
The Reagan Revolution
End of the Cold War
Clinton & the 90s
Bush 43

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APUSH Review Flashcards PDF

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