American History

Course Overview:

This American History online course covers the discovery, development, and growth of the United States. Major topics include: American Indian cultures, European colonization of the Americas, and the causes and effects of the American Revolution. Geographical, economic, and political factors are explored as the key factors in the growth of the United States of America. American History I is a survey of the struggle to build the United States of America from the colonial period to the beginning of the twentieth century. By means of reading, analyzing, and applying historical data, students come to appreciate the forces that shaped our history and character as an American people. Not only are the topics of American history discussed, but students also explore research methods and determine accurate sources of data from the past. Knowing the facts and dates of history are just the beginning: each student must understand how history affects him or her.

Semester 1:  

Semester A covers a range of major concepts in American history. It begins with the process of independence, exploring the events and factors that led to the establishment of an independent nation. The focus then shifts to the development of constitutional government, highlighting the creation and implementation of the United States Constitution. The semester also examines the interconnectedness of industrialism and slavery, including their impact on society and the economy. The Civil War is a significant topic, exploring its causes, key events, and consequences. Westward expansion is also studied, analyzing the expansion of American territory and its implications. Lastly, post-Civil War issues are examined, delving into the challenges and transformations faced by the nation during the Reconstruction era.

Semester 2: 

Semester B shifts its focus to more contemporary historical periods. It begins with industrialization, exploring the growth of industries and its impact on society and the economy. The Great Depression is another key topic, examining the causes, effects, and responses to this economic crisis. World War II is extensively covered, including its causes, key battles, and the aftermath. The Civil Rights movement is a significant focus, exploring the struggles and achievements in the fight for equal rights and social justice. American domestic and foreign policy are analyzed, considering the approaches and challenges faced in both national and international affairs. Global issues are also studied, encompassing topics such as globalization, international conflicts, and environmental challenges. Lastly, current events are discussed, providing students with an understanding of ongoing events and their relevance to contemporary society.

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