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U. S. History Syllabus

U.S. History Course Description:

This course will use a continuation of the US history that began in 8th grade.  We will study the history of the United States following Reconstruction (1877) to the present.


U. S. History Course Objectives:

Students will gain an understanding of historical content that focuses on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to:

  • Developing America’s identity

  • Industrialization and Urbanization

  • Major wars/conflicts

  • Reform movements

  • Causes and effects of the Great Depression

  • Domestic and foreign policies of the Cold War and post-Cold War eras

  • Impact of Constitutional issues on American society

  • Evaluate the dynamic relationships of the three branches of the federal government

  • Analyze efforts to expand the democratic process

  • Relationship between the arts and times during which they were created

  • Impact of technological innovations


U.S. History Units of Study:

  • The West and Gilded Age (1877-1889)

    • aka 2nd Industrial Revolution

  • Progressive Era (1890-1920)

    • WWI (1914-1918, US involvement 1917-1918)

  • Roaring 20’s (Jazz Age)

  • The Great Migration (1910-1930)

  • Great Depression (1929-1941)

    • FDR’s New Deal (1932)

  • WWII (1939-1945)

  • Cold War (1945-1987)

  • Civil Right Movement (1956-1971)

    • Women’s Rights (1848-1920)

    • African American (1955-1968)

    • Chicano/Latino (1960s)

  • Vietnam War (1959-1975)

  • Fabulous 50s

  • Turbulent 60s

  • Conservative Revolution (1970-1990)

  • Decade of Doubt (1970s)

  • Reagan/Bush Era (1980-1992)

  • Contemporary US (1968-present)