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a large increase in the number of babies born in proportion to the size of a population.
baby boom (32)
this law provided veterans of World War II with inexpensive home loans and tuition if they chose to attend college.
GI Bill (32)
a new fast-food restaurant in the 1950s which provided young families with inexpensive and convenient meals.
McDonald's (32)
this ambitious law passed by Congress in 1956 called for the construction of 41,000 miles of highways which took more than 25 years to complete and cost over $100 million.
Interstate Highway Act (32)
a type of service in the 1950s where customers were served inside their cars.
drive-ins (32)
this new form of news and entertainment which began operating in the 1940s but became affordable until the 1950s allowed Americans to see the world in a new way.
televisions (32)
African American rhythm and blues music which baby boomer generation adopted as their own music.
"Rock and Roll" (32)
a way of life that runs counter to (against) society's tradition and culture.
counterculture (32)
idealistic young people in the 1960s who rejected the pursuit of money and possessions and dreamed of starting a new era of peace, love, and freedom.
"hippies" (32)
groups of people who work together and share everything.
communes (32)
a form of anti-war protest organized on college campuses by students in which speakers questioned the government's account of events in Vietnam.
"teach-ins" (32)
author of a best-selling book called The Feminine Mystique, she attacked the picture of happy homemakers shown on television and in women's magazines.
Betty Friedan (32)
a best-selling book written by Betty Friedan, it urged women to "break out of the housewife trap and truly find fulfillment . . . by fulfilling their own unique possibilities as human beings."
The Feminine Mystique (32)
people who are actively concerned with achieving social, political, and economic equality for women.
feminists (32)
it was formed in 1966 "to take action to bring American women into full participation in American society," and launched an ambitious campaign to fight discrimination against women in many areas of life.
NOW (32)
people who are actively concerned with protecting the environment.
environmentalists (32)
a celebration organized by environmentalists on April 22, 1970 to encourage people to learn more about the environment.
Earth Day (32)
responding to public pressure Congress created this agency to help clean up the nation's air, soil, and water.
EPA (32)
gas shortage in 1978 caused by the war in the Middle East which forced drivers to spend hours waiting in line at gas stations and homeowners worried about the rising cost of heating their houses.
"energy crisis" (32)
the U.S. President who promised that he would quickly end the Vietnam War but ordered the bombing of the enemy's supply lines in Cambodia.
Richard Nixon (32)
in May 1970, students at this university in Ohio gathered to protest President Nixon's expansion of the war into Cambodia which resulted in the deaths of four students.
Kent State University (32)
a break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters in a Washington D.C. hotel led to the resignation of President Nixon.
Watergate Scandal (32)
the newspaper which uncovered evidence of widespread wrongdoing among people who worked for President Nixon or his campaign organization in the Watergate scandal.
Washington Post (32)
a former actor and governor of California, he was elected president in 1980.
Ronald Reagan (32)
to combat the slow growth in the American economy President Reagan gave large tax breaks to businesses and the wealthy so that they could invest in businesses.
"Reaganomics" (32)
in 1965, Congress ended this provision that it passed back in 1924 and this action made it easier for non-Europeans to enter the country which resulted in a dramatic increase in immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean.
immigration quotas (32)
the program that the Reagan Administration launched in response to the rise of drug abuse; new laws stiffened penalties for people caught with illegal drugs.
"War on Drugs" (32)
a disease marked by a weakening of the body's immune system or its ability to fight off life-threatening illnesses.
AIDS (32)
a virus that causes AIDS, it attacks the body's ability to fight off disease and is spread through contact with bodily fluids such as blood.
HIV (32)
a huge quilt honoring AIDS victims, which was first displayed on Capitol Mall in 1987, but 2000 it had grown to more than 44,000 panels.
AIDS Memorial Quilt (32)
the area in Washington D.C. where the AIDS Memorial Quilt was first displayed in 1987.
Capitol Mall (32)
workers such as engineers, computer programmers, lawyers, artists, and managers who use information and ideas to create or do something of value.
knowledge workers (32)
small, cheap, and easy to use computers in the early 1980s which made computing available to ordinary people.
PCs (32)
machines that can make banking transactions.
ATMs (32)
the type of "smart" missiles used during the first Gulf War which can be fired from ships 500 miles away using high-tech computers.
Tomahawk missiles (32)
the war in 1990 when Saddam Hussein ordered his army to invade Iraq's neighbor, oil-rich Kuwait.
Persian Gulf War (32)
the former president of the Middle Eastern nation of Iraq, he ordered his army to invade its neighbor, oil-rich Kuwait in 1990.
Saddam Hussein (32)
the oil-rich country in the Middle East where Iraq invaded through the orders of Saddam Hussein in 1990.
Kuwait (32)
the U.S. President who launched Operation Desert Storm against Iraq in 1991.
George Bush (32)
the war launched by President George Bush in 1991 in response to the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.
Operation Desert Storm (32)
a network that allows computers in locations around the world to share information.
internet (32)
using this computer program, average computer users could readily find information published by organizations and individuals around the world.
web browser (32)
the first baby boomer to be elected president in 1992.
Bill Clinton (32)
in 1961, President John F. Kennedy challenged this agency to "put a man on the moon" within ten years.
NASA (32)
he became the first person in history to step on the moon in 1969.
Neil Armstrong (32)
the first reusable space shuttle that takes off like a rocket and lands like an airplane, it lifted off in 1981.
Columbia (32)
a station in space designed and built by 16 nations, led by the United States built to be a long-term laboratory for scientists carrying out research on both earth and space.
International Space Station (32)
the manager of the International Space Station operations who launched the first space station crew in November 2000.
James van Laak (32)