Vocab of the 1990's

 1. Bush, George (1989-1993) He was the 41st president of the United States of America. George Herbert Walker Bush tried to make the United States "A kinder and a gentler nation."

2. Clinton, Bill (1993-2001) Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. He was a young democratic president that succeeded where no other president ever succeeded since FDR.

3. Bosnia (1990's) Tensions between ethnic groups in Yugoslavia led to war in Bosnia. United States sent troops to Bosnia as part to United Nations peacekeeping effort.

4. Bull Market (1990's) This was the financial market condition where the prices gradually rose, such as the stocks. The opposite of the bull market is the bear market, where the market is treading lower.

5. GATT (1990's) This was an agreement designed to provide an international forum that encouraged free trade between member states by regulating and reducing tariffs on traded goods. GATT or general agreement on tariffs and trade, was first signed in 1947.

6. Glasnost (1985-1992) This was a policy of maximal publicity, openness, and transparency in the activities of all government institutions in the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev believed glasnosts would help reduce corruption at the top of the communist party.

7. Greenspan, Alan (1987-2006) He was an African American economist and a chairman of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve of the United States. He worked as an adviser, making speeches and providing consultations through his company; Greenspan Associates LLC.

8. Health Care Reform (1993) The health care reform package was created by president Bill Clinton. It's purpose was to respond to people that were insured or uninsured and uncompensated care and about cost of containment.

9. Impeachment (1998) This is the process of removing the president from office because of his improper actions. President Bill Clinton was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

10. Internet (1990's) This is a worldwide, publicly accessible series of interconnected computer networks. This spread quickly across the nation because it made it easier to communicate and access information all from a computer.

11. Line Item Veto (1996) This was the power of the government to cancel or nullify specific provisions of a bill. The purpose of this act was to control "pork barrel spending", government spendings to benefit campaign contributors.

12. Los Angeles Riots (1992) Riots outbreaking when four police officers were accused of videotaping the beating of a motorist Rodney King. Many of the crimes during the riots were gang-motivated.

13. Militias (1990's) This was the civilian military service and duty in the United States of America. The purpose was to protect the community, territory, property, and laws.

14. NAFTA (1994) The North American free trade agreement was a trade bloc in North America. It eliminated major taxes in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico over a fifteen year period.

15. NATO (1990's) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was an alliance established by signing the North Atlantic Treaty. States agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.

16. Persian Gulf War (1990-1991) This was a conflict between Iraq and thirty-four other nations, authorized by the United Nations. The conflict developed when Kuwait was accused of stealing Iraq's oil through drilling.

17. King, Rodney (1991) Rodney was an African American taxi driver, who was beaten by Los Angeles police officers after being chased for speeding. This was the cause for the spark of the Los Angeles riots.

18. Thomas, Clarence (1991) An American jurist and a associate with the Supreme Court. He was the second African American to serve on the nations highest court.

19. Urban Sprawl (1990's) This was the spreading of a city and its suburbs over rural land. Low population is an indicator of an sprawl.

20. Welfare Reform (1990's) This was the movement for a policy change in countries with a state-administered welfare systems. Welfare reform was a policy aimed to reduce recipient dependence on the government.

21. Savings & loan scandal (1990's) This was the failure of several saving and loan associations in the United States. More than 1,000 savings and loan institutions have failed during this time period.

22. Recycling (1990's) A new era in recycling had begun, recycling drop off stations and garbage dumps have been added in the community. This provided a cleaner and a healthier environment for the community.

23. Somalia (1993) Somalia was occupied by U.S. soldiers providing humanitarian assistance and by UN peacekeeping troops attempting to establish order in the country. This was provided to end hunger and violence.

24. Whitewater (1990) This was an American political scandal that was developed in Bill Clinton's first term as president. President Clinton and his wife had invested in this corporation; the Clinton family was accused of fraud in connection with this investment during the Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation of the bankruptcy of Madison  Guaranty , an Arkansas trust company.