160 New Right Study Guide - STUDY GUIDE: "AMERICA'S...

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S TUDY G UIDE : “A MERICA S R IGHT T URN Using this study guide The following document has all of the terms, quotes, lists, and ideas contained in the most recent powerpoint presentation (note: I change these frequently so some variations may exist). As a result, you should not feel that you need to copy any of this information while in class. The following questions are addressed in this section of the lecture. You should be able to answer these questions by the end of this section. If you can’t, see me during my office hours or talk with your seminar leader: Questions Addressed in the Lectures that will help you to prepare for the exam: What is economic globalization and why does it affect the U.S.? What was the state of our economy compared to other industrial powers in the 1970s? Why is the middle-class so depressed during the 1970s? What pressures are placed on the silent majority by the New Left? Who are members of the New Right? What groups form its core? Why does Carter get elected when he does and is he out of step with the American public? Why does Reagan get elected when he does and is he out of step with the American public? What is meant by supply-siders, neo-cons, the moral majority, the Reagan Revolution, and Reaganomics? What themes are present in Ghostbusters that reinforce these ideas? Why does America turn back to the center? Why does George H. W. Bush get elected when he does and is he out of step with the American public? Why does Clinton get elected when he does and is he out of step with the American public? How does the GOP react to Clinton? Is there a vast right-wing conspiracy? Is Clinton his own worst enemy? Sample Exam Questions from Previous Exams: Since1973 the “New Right” has become a powerful voting bloc in American politics. Briefly describe the types of American voters who are considered central to this coalition and why the “New Right” has had troubles remaining aligned since the end of the Reagan administration? (be sure to be specific in describing the various blocs, don't just tell me that they are conservative but rather how are they conservative) Did the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton presidencies significantly affect the political alignment of this country? What events occurred between 1988 and 2000 that limited the ability of these men to dictate issues on the national stage? How are the last twelve years connected to those of the Reagan and Carter years? In class, I argued that 1968 was a turning point in modern American history. (a) Focusing on events that followed 1968 , describe why was this so. Be sure to indicate the social, political, economic, and international pressures that affected the United States from 1968 to, at least, 1988 [note, do not include events after 2000] (b) How did the “New Right” 1
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seek to correct what they saw as the chief problems with the United States? (c ) Why did the “Reagan Revolution” begin to fade in the late 1980s? Selected Terms:
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