United States History

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United States History

Recommended Grade Level: 10 - 11

United States History covers American history from the pre-Columbian era to the dawn of the 20th century. The course examines the founding of the United States based on principles of liberty and freedom. It explains the roots of the American Revolution and the work of the Founding Fathers. The course chronicles the effects of Manifest Destiny, immigration, and industrialization; it also highlights individuals and movements that have shaped America. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of: Major topics in American history, the political, economic, cultural heritage of the United States; and the diversity of the American experience and how it has shaped the nation’s democratic way of life.

It also covers the emergence of the United States as a world leader from the first moments of WWI, “a war to end all wars,” through the present day. The course evaluates the causes and effects of the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War and the end of the Cold War. It also offers insight into the Civil Rights Movement and examines economic policies and shifting demographic patterns in the United States due to immigration and the Great Migration. The course leads students through the modern political experience, from post-WWII to America on the world stage—including the implications of entering the information age, as well as the response to terror. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of: Themes in American history, the development of United States policies, both domestic and international; and the role of economics in U.S. history.

Credit: 0.5




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