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Chapter 11 - A Changing World
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The patterns of population in a specific area including births, deaths, and migrations
Any change in the way humans perform tasks, which can improve worker productivity an change ways of life. Major innovations in the decades from 1990 to the present include the spread of wind power, improvements in computer technology and cell phones, and improvements in medicine
In the fall of 2005, this event caused great damage along the Gulf Coast. Damage was especially severe in New Orleans, much of which is below sea level and was protected by levees built to hold back high water. When the levees broke, water flooded much of the city.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
To combat the effects of the great Recession that began in 2007, Congressed passed this Act in 2009. The law was meant to simulate the economy and put people back to work.
Persian Gulf War
After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the United States assembled a coalition of countries. When Iraq refused to withdraw its troops, these nations launched this event, which forced Iraqis out of Kuwait in just a few weeks of fighting
On September 11, 2001, the worst terrorist attack to take place on U.S. soil occurred. The name corresponds to the date in which it happened.
War on Terror
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush announced this, vowing that the United States would find and punish those responsible for the attacks and eliminate Islamist terrorism.
USA Patriot Act
In 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed this act to bolster the government's ability to track down and stop terrorists
General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT)
An agreement signed by the United States and twenty-two other countries in 1947. It aimed at promoting economic growth through free trade. It was eventually replaced by the agreement forming the World Trade Organization (WTO)
Refers to large business enterprises that have operations in many countries
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
A treaty signed by the United States, Canada, and Mexico in 1992 in which the three countries pledged to eliminate trade barriers among them. It led to greatly increased trade among the three nations.
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