US History

GENERAL STUDIES

US History

Course Description:

This course is a comprehensive study of the development of the United States
designed to provide students with the factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary
to deal critically with U.S. history and to introduce students to important issues in the
development of our constitutional democracy. This course provides a one-year survey
of American history from the Colonial Period and the American Revolution to the
present day, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Students come to understand
the importance of geography in the historical process, the development of a
constitutional democracy, the social/cultural identity of a multi-national and multi-racial
people, the importance of science and technology in the development of an economy
based on both agriculture and industry, and the developing role of the U.S. as a world
power. Using the textbook and primary documents, students will develop skills
necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and to present
reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively orally and in writing.

Course Objectives:

  • Reading and Thinking Critically
  • Articulating and Defending Thoughts Logically In Oral and Written Form
  • Analyzing and Evaluting Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Determing Cause and Effect
  • Organizing and Ranking Information
  • Reading and Using Maps
  • Mastering factual material

 

Scope and Sequence:

Unit 1: Colonial America

  • England and the New World
  • The Eighteenth Century
  • The Colonial Crisis
  • The Revolution

 

Unit 2: The Revolutionary Period

  • Confederation and Constitution
  • Foundations of American Government
  • Federalists and Republicans
  • The Early Republic

 

Unit 3: Antebellum America

  • The Market Revolution
  • Jacksonian America
  • Abolitionism
  • Slavery and Westward Expansion
  • Texas and Mexico

 

Unit 4: The Civil War Era

  • Secession and War
  • The Civil War: Course
  • The Civil War: Consequences
  • Reconstruction

 

Unit 5: The Gilded Age

  • Industrial America
  • Urbanization
  • The Spanish-American War
  • Progressivism

 

Unit 6: The World and America

  • The Great War and Versailles
  • Laissez-Faire America
  • The Great Depression
  • The New Deal
  • The Second World War: Causes

 

Unit 7: Cold War America

  • The Second World War: Course
  • Cold War: Containment
  • Post-War America
  • The Civil Rights Era
  • The 1960’s
  • Cold War: Détente to Reagan
  • The Age of Terror