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Chapter 42: The American People Face a New Century

Biosphere

the earth's entire network of living plants and organisms, conceived as an interconnected whole.

Black conservatism

based largely on African-American scholar Shelby Steele's book, The Content of Our Character, a controversial call in the 1990's and into the new century for black self-reliance rather than "special entitlements."

corporate scandals

at such large corporations as Enron and WorldCom which shook the American public's confidence in what had seemed to be a stable, wealthy economy.

human genome project

a 2003, $3 billion project which established the DNA sequencing of the 30,000 human genes; termed the "holy grail" of genetics.

nuclear family

a parent or parents and their immediate offspring.

Undocumented

lacking official certification of status as a legal immigrant or resident alien.


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