United States History – Semester 2

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United States History – Semester 2

Recommended Grade Level: 9 - 12

Investigate the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from the end of the Civil War through today while applying what you learn to real-world problems.

Within AP U.S. History students will develop and use historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, crafting historical arguments from historical evidence, and historical interpretation and synthesis) to examine the history of the United States after American Civil War till present. Students will learn through active participation as they analyze sources and collaborate to gain a conceptual understanding of U.S. history. Each time period is divided into key concepts meant to contextualize history and show continuity and well as change over time. The intention is for students to explore history, establishing economic, political, and social patterns.

Credit: 0.5




Required Material:

You will need the following items to complete this course:

  • Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty! An American History. Brief, Sixth Edition. W.W. Norton & Company. New York, 2020.
  • College Board AP® United States History Framework

These books are not required for completion of the course, but offer more information and excellent preparation for the AP United States History Exam.

  • AP U.S. History Crash Course. New Jersey: Research & Education Association.
  • Princeton Review. Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam. New York: Penguin Random House.


Segment ll:

Module 5: A Growing Nation


  • Explore how large-scale production, business consolidation, and consumption propelled America into the “Gilded Age.”
  • Identify the ways in which government policy aided corporate expansion.
  • Examine the causes for and the successes of the Populist movement.
  • Explore the rise of labor movements.
  • Analyze how the increase in migration led political and social reforms.
  • Examine how westward expansion and industrialization impacted American Indians.
  • Explore the cultural and intellectual movements that justified and challenged the social order of the Gilded Age.


  • 00 Module Five Introduction
  • 01 The Gilded Age
  • 02 The Paradox of Progress
  • 03 New Migration
  • 04 The Social Response
  • 05 Closing the Frontier
  • 06 The Populists
  • 07 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 08 Module Five Exam

Module 6: Imperialism & Progressivism


  • Explore the transition of the United States from a rural and agricultural society to an urban and industrial society.
  • Analyze how modernization led to political and cultural conflicts.
  • Examine the Progressive reformers and how they attempted to combat economic instability, social inequality, and government corruption.
  • Examine the causes and effects of World War II
  • Examine the changes to immigration policy resulting from post-WWI xenophobia and increased international migration


  • 00 Module Six Introduction
  • 01 The Progressives
  • 02 Imperialism
  • 03 The Great War
  • 04 The Jazz Age
  • 05 Migration and Deportation
  • 06 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07 Module Six Exam

Module 7: The World at War


  • Analyze how government responses to the Great Depression increased federal power and led to the creation of a limited welfare state.
  • Examine the causes and effects of World War II.
  • Examine how United States involvement in World War II altered its relationship with the rest of the world.


  • 00 Module Seven Introduction
  • 01 The Great Depression
  • 02 The New Deal
  • 03 WWII Abroad
  • 04 WWII at Home
  • 05 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06 Module Seven Exam

Module 8: Cold War


  • Examine the cause and effects of the Cold War.
  • Compare and contrast the involvement of the United States in the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam.
  • Explore how Cold War foreign policy extended to Latin America and the Middle East.
  • Explore the reaction of United States citizens to Cold War foreign policy and actions.
  • Examine the programs and policies of the Great Society.
  • Explore the movements for civil rights by African Americans and other minority groups.


  • 00 Module Eight Introduction
  • 01 The Cold War
  • 02 Postwar America
  • 03 Civil Rights Movement
  • 04 Civil Rights for All
  • 05 The Great Society
  • 06 Crisis of Confidence
  • 07 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 08 Module Eight Exam

Module 9:  A Brave New World


  • Examine the ideological shift from liberalism to conservatism.
  • Examine Reagan’s foreign policy and the end of the Cold War.
  • Explore the creation and effects of worldwide free trade agreements.
  • Explore the shifts to foreign policy as a result of the war on terrorism.
  • Explore how the war on terrorism generated debates over domestic security and civil rights.
  • Examine the demographic shifts of the modern era and how those changes intensified debates about immigration, gender roles, family structures, and national identity.


  • 00 Module Nine Introduction
  • 01 Shifting Ideology
  • 02 Foreign Policy
  • 03 Changing Demographics
  • 04 Globalization
  • 05 Practice AP Exam
  • 06 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07 Segment Two Exam


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