• Course description:  

    This course is required of all sophomores and is a survey and analysis of how and why the United States became the foremost power of today. The course offers students a lively chronological history of the U.S., from the end of the Civil War to the present. The major purpose of teaching American History is to provide the students with a general overview of the U.S. history, to help students gain insights into relationships among people, ideas and events as they learn the significant facts of American history, and to help students have a better understanding of history and its study.  Focus is divided between learning course content (history) and process (map skills, reading comprehension, etc.).

    Curriculum units:

    Unit:  Building a Powerful Nation

    Lessons:

    • The Civil War, 1861-1865
    • Reconstruction, 1865-1877
    • The Expansion of American Industry, 1850-1900
    • Looking to the West, 1860-1900
    • Politics, Immigration, and Urban Life, 1870-1915
    • Life at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, 1870-1915

    Unit:  The United States on the Brink of Change

    Lessons:

    • Becoming a World Power, 1890-1915
    • The Progressive Reform Era, 1890-1920
    • The World War I Era, 1914-1920

    Unit:  Boom Times to Hard Times

    Lessons:

    • Postwar Social Change, 1920-1929
    • Politics and Prosperity, 1920-1929
    • Crash and Depression, 1929-1933
    • The New Deal, 1933-1941

    Unit:  Hot and Cold Wars

    Lessons:

    • World War II: The Road To War, 1933-1941
    • World War II: Americans At War, 1941-1945
    • The Cold War, 1945-1960
    • The Postwar Years at Home, 1945-1960

    Unit:  A Period of Turmoil and Change

    Lessons:

    • The Civil Rights Movement, 1950-1968
    • The Kennedy and Johnson Years, 1961-1969
    • The Era of Activism, 1960-1975
    • The Vietnam War, 1954-1975

    Unit:  Continuity and Change

    Lessons:

    • Nixon, Ford, Carter, 1969-1981
    • The Conservative Revolution, 1980-1992
    • Entering a New Era, 1992 to the Present