How did his pardon of Richard Nixon affect Gerald Ford's political standing?
What economic challenges did Ford face? How did he respond?
How did Jimmy Carter's background and personality shape the tone of his presidency and people's reaction to him?
What economic and energy-related problems did Carter face?
What general principle formed the basis of Carter's approach to foreign policy?
How did Carter manage to facilitate the Camp David accords, which led to peace between Egypt and Israel?
What led to the Iranian hostage crisis? What political effects did it have on the Carter administration? How was the crisis resolved?
How did the Carter administration react to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan?
Where is the "Sunbelt"? What were the political implications of its rise?
Describe the basis of Christian evangelicalism. How could it lead to both social liberalism, as in Jimmy Carter, and cultural conservatism, as in Jerry Falwell?
What were the elements of the New Right movement? How did it come to have such influence in the Republican Party? Why did the New Right disapprove of President Ford?
To what extent was the tax revolt of the 1970s and 1980s as much an attack on government programs as on taxes? How did the tax cut activists avoid specific confrontations with supporters of key programs?
Why did Ronald Reagan win such a decisive victory in 1980? What happened in the congressional races?
How did the nation react to the release of the Iranian hostages?
What personal factors helped make Reagan politically effective at balancing various conservative factions?
Explain the assumptions made by "supply-side" economists ("Reaganomics"). What Reagan administration implemented supply-side policies?
What led to the recession of the early 1980s and the mid-decade recovery? Was the recovery due to Reaganomics or other factors?
What happened to the stock market from the mid 1980s through the 1990s?
Why did the federal budget experience massive deficits? How effective was the Reagan administration in countering the deficit?
What stance toward the Soviets and communism in general