21st Century Turning Points in U.S. History (2000-2009) examines the most significant events in America since the turn of the century: our nation under attack on her own soil, a natural disaster destroying one of her major cities, Americans facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the nation's infrastructure - roads, water systems and electrical grids - deteriorating. It is also a decade of hope. The country elected its first African American President, the Internet connected people in ways unimaginable just ten years ago, and mapping the human genome gives the promise of a brighter, healthier future.
Educational history DVD series includes Instructor extras: Teacher's Guide, Blackline Master Quizzes, Timeline, Documents
Series of 4 programs on 4 DVDs.
- Program 1: 2000 - 2001
The first two years of the decade brought about the George W. Bush presidency, a presidency that was defined by September 11th 2001, the first attack on American soil since the War of 1812. 2001 was also the year that began the second digital revolution.
- 2000 - America Has a Contested Presidency
- 2001 - 9/11
- 2001 - Apple Computer Debuts the iPod
- Program 2: 2002 - 2004
- Program 3: 2005 - 2007
The middle years of the first decade of the 21st century were a time of great social change, as America's failing infrastructure was exposed, performance enhancing drugs damaged sports; illegal immigrants made up as much as a tenth of the population; and the Internet redefined how people connect with each other.
- 2005 - Hurricane Katrina Exposes America's Failing Infrastructure
- 2005 - Congress Investigates Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports
- 2005 - Blogging and YouTube Challenge Traditional Media
- 2006 - Virtual Social Networking: Facebook, MySpace and Twitter
- 2007 - Illegal Immigration Hits 11 Million
- Program 4: 2007 - 2009
The end of the decade of the 21st century was the best of times and the worst of times. Finally, America understood the consequences of global warming; a sea change occurred when it elected a Black president, but in the end, it faced disaster when the subprime mortgage debacle almost brought the financial system to its knees.
- 2007 - Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Work on Climate Change
- 2008 - Barack Obama Wins Presidency
- 2009 - America Responds to a Deep Recession
Clip Length: 3 minutes
"Important events of the 'transformational' first decade of the 21st century are examined. Political, military, social, scientific, and business events are covered, including the contested presidential election of 2000, the September 11th attacks, the Iraqi war, steroid use in sports, Hurricane Katrina, illegal immigration, the iPod, social networking sites, the Human Genome Project, and more. The three to five segments in each program explain the highlighted event, place it into historical context, and analyze its immediate impact and lasting significance... This set will help students better understand how recent events continue to influence policy debates and how revolutionary (and recent) the technology they take for granted really is."- School Library Journal
- Teacher's Guide - 21st Century Turning Points
- Blackline Master Quiz - 21st Century Turning Points
- Barach Obama Victory Speech Nov. 4, 2008
- U.S. Patriot Act
- Intergovernment Panel Report Climate Change 2007
- Timeline - 21st Century Turning points
- Mitchell Report for Steroid use in Baseball
- U.S. Supreme Court Decision on 2000 Election
- U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Handgun Ban Washington D.C.
- Sept. 11th Commission Report
- ASCE 2009 Sheet - Dams