Holt American Nation Chapter 36 Notes

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Bill Clinton

-Governor of Arkansas
-Democrat
-running mate: Al Gore
-Father died when he was a baby
- Grew up poor
-Alcoholic Adoptive father
-Met JFK as a teenage delegate for Boys Nation
-Married in 1975; settled in Fayetteville, Arkansas
-"Slick Willie"

Al Gore

-Bill Clinton's running mate
-Senator from Tennessee

Hillary Rodham Clinton

-Met Bill at Yale
-served as a staff member with the house judiciary committee (while Nixon's impeachment was being considered)
-Married in 1975; settled in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Ross Perot

-Billionaire from Texas
-Independent
-Promised to reform the federal government by decreasing hte influence of political lobbyist and by giving the public a greater voice
-His economic plans appealed to many voters

Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Hearing

- Sexual scandal involving Clarence Thomas, appointed Supreme Court Judge, and Anita Hill
-Because of these hearing, female voters were active in the 1992

President HW Bush

His campaign focused on:
- Personal character
Didn't say much about the economy

The Year of the Woman

-1992
-dubbed this because of the increase of female activity in government
-four U.S. seats gained by prominent female democrats

The 4 Female U.S. Senators

Patty Murray: Washington (state)
Carol Moseley-Braun: Illinois (AfAm)
Barbara Boxer: California
Dianne Fenstein: California

Maya Angelou

-Poet
-Read her poem at President bill Clinton's inauguration
-Her poem celebrated the diversity of Americans and hope for the future
(Clinton then used the ideas stated in her poem to create a diverse cabinet)

Clinton's Cabinet Appointees:

-Henry Ciseros: Secretary of housing and urban developement (MexAm)
-Ron Brown: Secretary of commerce (AfAm)
-Joycelyn Elders: Surgeon General (AfAm)
-Dee Dee Myers: Press Secretary
- Janet Reno: Attorney General
-Donna Shalala: Secretary of Health and Human Resources

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

-filled he vacancy on the supreme court
-appointed by Clinton

Fears/ Prolbems of Americans during Clinton's Presidency

- Affording Health care (because more Americans were were living longer
-Voter frustration with slow recovery

Whitewater

-Failed Arkansas real-estate developer
-The Clinton's were questioned about prior improper financial relations with the problem

Contract With America

-Signed by many Republicans
-pledged a balanced budget amendment and other reforms

Newt Gingrich

-Georgian
- Speaker of the House

Conflict in Eastern Europe

-So in Eastern Europe, Communism and the Cold War is kind of dying down
- Ethnic and local disputes
-Bosnia and Herzegovina (Yugoslavia) was particularly bad
-

Nelson Mandela

-Political Prisoner during apartheid
-Became president during the1994 elections
-South Africa's Future looked hopeful after his presidency

Operation Restore Hope

-Enacted because of all the turmoil in Somalia, Liberia, Mali, Zambia
-UN Sent peacekeepers
-Doesn't really help the situations

Yasir Arafat

-Palestinian leader
(Leader of the PLO)
-By the way: Palestine is NOT a country, rather and organization)
PLO= Palestine Liberation organization
-Met with Rabin and Clinton to discuss Middle East peace efforts

Yitzhak Rabin

-Israel Prime minister
-Assassinated after the Arafat-Clinton negotiations

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