Drama of the Twentieth Century

  • Air-Traffic Controllers Strike

    PATCO wanted better working conditions, better pay, and a 32-hour workweek, so they declared a strike, and many lost their jobs because Reagan ordered them back to which many did not respond.
  • Equal Access Act

    A law passed to compel federally funded secondary schools to provide equal access to extracurricular clubs.
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    Iran- Contra Scandal

    A political scandal in the U.S. where the senior Reagan Administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran.
  • Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act

    President Ronald Reagan signed the bill, and it was thought of as "the first binding constraint imposed on federal spending, and its spending caps have became part of every subsequent U.S. budget."
  • Westside Community School District v. Mergens

    A case where Bridget Mergens, a senior in high school, tried to start a Christian Bible study club, but her school refused to let her.
  • Reno v. ACLU

    A U.S. Supreme Court case, in which all nine Justices said that the CDA violated the freedom of speech provisions.
  • Mitchell v. Helms

    Taxpayers filed a suit saying that, by letting kids go to Catholic Schools, it violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.
  • Bush v. Gore

    This case was about the mix-up of votes, for the presidential race in 2000, in Florida. The Florida Supreme Court ordered that every Florida county had to manually recount every ballot.