How was life in 1990?I have to write a paper about the day I was born and I need information about how was it to live in 1990.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I remember the 1990s as an interesting year. There was the end of the Cold War, but also the start of the Gulf War. The economy was a little stagnant. I remember there was more unemployment in my area. It was the result of the Savings and Loan crisis.
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I remember the excitement and optimism brought about by the fall of communism in the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany.  We were watching the Soviet Union begin to crumble, and after living our whole lives in the Cold War mentality, we began to look at the world in a different way.  We were optimistic that the danger of full scale nuclear war had passed, and that democracy was spreading.

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1990 was a fun year, particularly considering the media of the era. The Simpsons were at the height of their popularity, American audiences were still reeling from the release of the first "Batman" movie in 1989 (the one that starred Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson). Rap was still relatively clean and uplifting (see previous entries), and overall, people were generally happy. Operation Desert Storm began, and was viewed as a big success largely. Lots of things happened in 1990.

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1990 was a time much like 2009 in many ways.  The first George Bush was the President.  He won after promising not to raise taxes, but it June of 1990 he was forced to break his promise. 1990 is often thought to be the end of the Cold War- a time of fierce competition between the US and the then Soviet Union. While this conflict was ending, the US was entering into another "war."  The visual image of the Berlin Wall being torn down the year before is used to illustrate the end of Communism.   Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, which will lead to the end of apartheid in South Africa. The beginning of Operation Desert Storm occurs in August of 1990.  This will be an attempt to purge Iraqi Forces out of Kuwait. Many will claim that the second Bush will invade Iraq to finish this act.

Many great television shows began in 1990. I'm sure you've seen reruns of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" or "Beverly Hills, 90210."  These shows will give you an idea of the music, culture, and dress of the 1990s.  Bright colors and baggy pants would have filled the hallways of your school.  You would have also been listening to Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby", MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" and of course Madonna's "Vogue."

People who had cell phones, and they were only a few, they had phones attached to a bag, or that were quite large.  These phones were expensive and had expensive price plans with them.

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The 1990's saw the end of the Cold War.  Madonna was big in music and "reality tv" was unheard of.  The 90's were still affected by by Ronald Regan's trickle down economy and George Bush went in to Iraq.  We had war up close and personal on CNN.  The Internet was taking the world by storm as more and more people began to buy computers for their homes, but laptop computers were still out of reach for most Americans.  Cell phones were called mobile phones and you couldn't yet listen to your music, surf the web, or send your friends pictures of things that happened two seconds ago.  The "dot.com" companies began to make people rich.  Amazon.com, myspace.com and ebay.com were all delievered in the 1990's.  You didn't write letters anymore instead you wrote e-mail.  Today it is all about texting on cells.

Schools were less safe in that decade.  More kids were carrying guns to school and more trouble was brewing.  The academic scores of the country were behind and there were all types of programs and money poured into a system that no longer seemed to work.

"The 1990s was a decade of extremes and contradictions. Americans built bigger and more-elaborate homes and drove more-expensive automobiles, but then worked longer hours than before to pay for them. The stock market and executive salaries soared, while the wages of many workers stagnated; many employees lost their jobs as the result of layoffs, mergers, and corporate downsizing."

There are some great resources about this decade and others listed below and can be found at enotes.  Thanks for your question.

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