Chapter 31

This chapter covers the development of a transnational America. A major shift for the country was the end of the cold war. In 1992, Democrats under Clinton recaptured the presidency by becoming more centrist themselves. but they were continually challenged by a resurgent New Right. Economic competition with Europe and Pacific Rim nations replaced cold war ideological struggles, but military problems would still remain in various areas, particularly the Middle East. Presidents Bush and Clinton would look for collective responses to international crises through the U.N. and other international organizations. Greater reliance on lower-wage service workers and the reduced need for the “military-industrial complex” continued to reinforce the growing inequities among Americans. American communities struggled to respond to a more global, service-oriented, “high-tech” economy. George W. Bush won a hotly disputed election in 2000. His administration took a conservative stance on the environment but the focus changed dramatically with the war on terrorism after the horrific terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

Describe the idea of a transnational community.

Discuss the development of the new world order.

Describe the forces changing American communities.

Discuss the issues of the 1992 presidential campaign. vDescribe Democratic president Bill Clinton’s “American Renewal” and the triumph of the New Right under Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Summarize the scandals surrounding Bill Clinton.

Discuss the impact of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

Discuss the impact of the terrorist attack on the United States.


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