21st Century Turning Points in U.S. History (2000 - 2020)

21st Century Turning Points in U.S. History (2000 - 2020) have been the most transformative two decades in American history. America entered the 21st century on a high note. It dominated the world as the only superpower, won a convincing war in Iraq, the economy was flourishing and the Internet promised a whole new way of life. However, the tranquility soon ended with a terrorist attack on 9/11… An existential threat brought about climate change and deep political polarization. But it also saw the emergence of winner take all tech giants Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Tesla which ushered in an amazing time of technological innovation. In the political/social arena a black president was elected and social media redefined how Americans connected with each other. These two decades ended with a devastating viral pandemic which is yet to fully play out.
  • Title ID 59-21TP
  • History, American History
  • 8 Programs
  • 13 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2017 by Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
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2000 - 2001Running time is 27 minutes

In schools, students study History and American History, focusing on 21st century American History in this first program of 21st century turning points in American History (2000-2009).

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2000 - America Has a Contested Presidency
The Presidential election of 2000 between Al Gore and George W. Bush showed how the Constitution and the Bill of Rights worked in America's Constitutional government when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the election in favor of Bush.
9-11
The 9/11 attack by Osama bin Laden's Islamic extremist terrorists group, al Qaeda, against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, led to American President George W. Bush calling for and getting tougher tough security standards, including the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration and the USA Patriot Act, and then invading Afghanistan, to root out al Qaeda and stop the Taliban who were protecting the terrorists.
2001 - Apple Computer Debuts the iPod
Steven Jobs of Apple Computer introduced the iPod which introduced the concept of ultraportability to America and led to a revolution is cell phones with the introduction of the iPhone.

2002 - 2004Running time is 27 minutes

In schools, students study History and American History, focusing on 21st century American History in this second program of 21st century turning points in American History (2000-2009).

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2003 - Gulf War II
After al Qaeda terrorists attacked the U.S. on 9/11, America and invaded Afghanistan to capture the terrorists and oust the Taliban, after which the U.S carried out a pre-emptive strike against Iraq, to find Weapons of Mass Destruction, WMDs, and in particular to stop Saddam Hussein from making nuclear weapons; but the war became an occupation and an insurgency rose up that was countered only when President George W. Bush ordered a troop surge to stop it.
2003 - Human Genome Project Completed
The Human Genome Project catalogued human DNA which will give geneticists a chance to use genetics, genetic engineering and gene therapy to cure genetic disorders and disease,
2004 - Google Redefines the Internet
Google is a way of searching the Internet created by Google Inc.'s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who used Text-based advertizing to create the web's most used search engine and to change America's corporate culture from a hard nosed business model to doing 'no evil.'

2005 - 2007Running time is 27 minutes

In schools, students study History and American History, focusing on 21st century American History in this third program of 21st century turning points in American History (2000-2009).

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2005 - Hurricane Katrina Exposes America's Failing Infrastructure
Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans's levees and brought to attention America's failing infrastructure - highways, bridges, roads, dams, water supply, and the electrical grid - and the need for new sources of energy such as solar power and wind power.
2005 - Congress Investigates Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports
American sports and athletes have been tarnished by the use of steroids to enhance performance, such that Congress has investigated and asked for a special report, the Mitchell Report on what has become known as the Steroid Era, which has led to drug testing of professional athletes.
2005 - Blogging and YouTube Challenge Traditional Media
America's most cherished Civil liberties - freedom of speech and freedom of the press - have been expanded through the Internet, in particular YouTube and the use of the blog or blogging, blog.
2006 - Virtual Social Networking: Facebook, MySpace and Twitter
The Internet's Virtual social networking - the creation of the virtual community, found in Internet companies such as Facebook, My Space and Twitter has developed online communities, communities that were used by Barack Obama in his successful bid to become the 44th President of the U.S.
2007 - Illegal Immigration Hits 11 Million
Illegal Immigration and Illegal immigrants from Mexico and Latin America, has topped 11 million, causing America to split into two camps, one asking for amnesty and the other demanding increased border patrols and deportation.

2007 - 2009Running time is 28 minutes

In schools, students study History and American History, focusing on 21st century American History in this fourth program of 21st century turning points in American History (2000-2009).

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2007 - Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Work on Climate Change
Al Gore won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to educate the world, through his movie An Inconvenient Truth about global warming, also known as climate change, which is caused by the release of carbon dioxide, CO2, from fossil fuels.
2008 - Barack Obama Wins Presidency
By winning the presidency, democratic U.S. Senator, Barack Obama became the first black president and changed a 350 year old era of segregation, racism and Jim Crow laws, transcending race as an issue for blacks and whites.
2009 - America Responds to a Deep Recession
The American recession of 2008 -2009, the worst economy since the Great Depression, was a financial crisis brought on by mortgage foreclosures due to bad sub-prime loans, and it caused high unemployment, the failure of financial institutions and a stock market crash, while at the same time the U.S. government sought to help the recession by passing a stimulus package and the Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, recommended by Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson.

2009 - 2012Running time is 28 minutes

In schools, students study History and American History, focusing on 21st century American History in this fifth program of 21st century turning points in American History (2009-2012).

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2009 - Sonia Sotomayor Becomes First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice
Chapter one discusses the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court
2010 - President Obama Signs Health Reform into Law
Chapter two discusses the reform of American healthcare from its beginnings in the 20th century to the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
2010 - Deepwater Horizon Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
The impact of oil drilling on the Gulf states’ ecology is shown in Chapter three.
2011 - U.S. Navy SEALs Take Down Osama Bin Laden
Chapter four examines the hunt for the world’s greatest terrorist, Osama Bin Laden.
2012 - Washington and Colorado Legalize Marijuana
Chapter five discusses the groundbreaking legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.
2012 - The Privatization of Space
The new frontier in space, the privatization of space travel, is outlined in chapter six.

2012 - 2015Running time is 29 minutes

In schools, students study History and American History, focusing on 21st century American History in this sixth program of 21st century turning points in American History (2012-2015).

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2012 - Google's Deep Learning Machine Recognizes Cats on Its Own
Chapter one examines progress in creating the world’s first Artificial Intelligence.
2013 - Netflix's Reed Hastings Produces House Of Cards
Chapter two highlights the career and breakthroughs in entertainment of Netflix’s Reed Hastings.
2013 - Sharing Economy Pioneers Airbnb and Uber
The shared economy is discussed in chapter three.
2014 - Fracking Pushes America Towards Energy Independence
Chapter four examines the impact of fracking on the U.S. economy.
2014 - Rise of ISIS Presents New Foreign Policy Challenges
The threat of ISIS to America is discussed in chapter five.
2015 - U.S. Supreme Court Allows Same-Sex Marriage
Chapter six looks at the breakthrough of same sex marriage in gay rights.
2015 - Over Two Thirds of Americans Own Smartphones
The impact of technology on American life is examined in chapter seven.

2015 - 2017Running time is 29 minutes

In schools, students study History and American History, focusing on 21st century American History in this seventh program of 21st century turning points in American History (2015-2017).

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2015 - Economic Disruptors: Wikipedia and Craigslist
Chapter one examines the impact of Wikipedia and Craigslist on the American economy.
2016 - NFL Announces $100 Million Concussion Initiative
Chapter two looks at the NFL’s revised concussion protocols.
2016 - Lonnie Bunch Opens National Museum of African American History and Culture
The celebration of Black history through the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture is shown in chapter three.
2017 - Edward Snowden, Cyber Security and Personal Digital Assistance
Edward Snowden, cyber warfare and the debate between security and personal privacy are discussed in chapter four.
2017 - Donald J. Trump Becomes the 45th President of the United States
Chapter five looks at the impact of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency on American politics.
2017 - UBI, Universal Basic Income
Chapter six examines the idea of a Universal Basic Income.

2017 - 2020Running time is 30 minutes

In schools, students study History and American History, focusing on 21st century American History in this eighth program of 21st century turning points in American History (2015-2020).

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2017 Drones Become Part of Ordinary Life in America
2017 Self-Driving Trucks Hit The Road
2017 Over Half of Americans Listen to Podcasts
2017 Bitcoin Reaches a Value of $19,783
2018 China Challenges America's Economic and Technological Superiority
2019 President Donald J. Trump is Impeached
2019 Quantum Computers Become Practical
2020 A Pandemic Devastates the United States

Supplemental Files

MARC Records for 21TP
MARC records for the Full Series 21TP, 21st Century Turning Points in U.S. History (2000 - 2020)
MARC Records for 21TP
MARC records for the Full Series 21TP, 21st Century Turning Points in U.S. History (2000 - 2020)
Teacher's Guide For 21st Century Turning Points
Blackline Master Quizzes for 21st Century Turning Points in US History 2000-2009
Barack Obama's Presidential Victory Speech November 4th 2008
USA Patriot Act
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report 2007
Timeline for 21st Century Turning Points in US History 2000-2009
Mitchell Report on Steroid Use in Baseball
US Supreme Court Decision on 2000 Election
US Supreme Court Decision on Handgun Ban in Washington DC
9/11 Commission Report
Dams ASCE Fact Sheet

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