25.3 – Social Concerns in the 1980s

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AIDS
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acquired immune deficiency syndrome; virus that destroys the immune system and weakens the body so that it is prone to infections and normally rare cancers
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Webster v. Reproductive Health Care Services
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in this case the Supreme Court ruled that states had the right to impose new restrictions on abortion
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Nancy Reagan
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first lady who toured the country with an antidrug campaign that admonished students to \”Just say no!\” to drugs
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Just Say No
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first lady Nancy Reagan’s slogan for her antidrug campaign
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A Nation at Risk
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a federal commission’s report on education that revealed that American students lagged behind students in most other industrialized nations
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America 2000
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President Bush’s education initiative that allowed parents to use public funds to send their children to schools of their choice-public, private, or religious.
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Rodney King
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this African-American man was pulled over for speeding away in a car in south-central L.A. and he was then brutally beaten by 4 white policemen, in court an all white jury found the officers not guilty for charges of brutality
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Challenger
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the space shuttle that blew up in 1986 and caused a reexamination of ventures into space and many people began to think that the money spent on space should be spent on social needs
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Geraldine Ferraro
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chosen as the Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate in 1984
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Elizabeth Dole
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named secretary of transportation in President Reagan’s cabinet
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Margaret Heckler
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named secretary of health and human services in President Reagan’s cabinet
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feminization of poverty
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result of women’s struggles in the work force; women only received about 75 cents for every dollar men earned and female college graduates earned only slightly more than male high-school graduates
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pay equity
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system proposed by women’s organizations and unions in which jobs were rated on the basis of the amount of education they required, the amount of physical strength needed, and the number of people that an employee supervised
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L. Douglas Wilder
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politician in Virginia who became the nation’s first African-American governor
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Jesse Jackson
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Reverend who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988
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Lauro Cavazos
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Latino who was appointed as secretary of education by President Reagan
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Antonia Coello Novello
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Latino doctor who was named to the post of surgeon general by President Bush

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