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U.S. History

Topic 14 "Crisis in Confidence"

Richard Nixon Became the only US president to resign the office, following the famous Watergate break-in
Silent Majority Phrase referring to a significant number of Americans who largely represented the middle class and supported Nixon's presidential policies
Affirmative action Policy that gives special consideration to women and minorities to make up for past discrimination
Watergate Political scandal involving illegal activities that ultimately led to the resignation of President Nixon
Executive Privilege Principle that the President has the right to keep certain communications between himself and other members of the executive branch private
Gerald Ford Served as president of the Unites States after Richard Nixon and is known for the presidential pardon he gave to Nixon upon taking on the role as President
Pardon The action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense
Jimmy Carter Became the 39th President of the united States and was often referred to as a Washington "outsider"
Christian Fundamentalist Individual who believes in a strict, literal interpretation of the Bible as the foundation of the Christian Faith
Liberal Someone who is open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values
Conservative Someone who holds traditional attitudes and values and is cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion
Ronald Reagan American actor and politician who became the 40th President of the United States. He is known for his economic policies and his ability to communicate with the people of America
Supply-side economics Economic theory which says that reducing tax rates stimulates economic growth
Budget Deficit Shortfall between the amount of money spent and the amount taken in by the federal government
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Advanced stage of infection with HIV. Became a national epidemic under both Regan and George Bush's administrations in the United States
George H.W. Bush
Created by: Mr. Peirce