Comprehensive American History

Pre-Requisites: This course is recommended for students in 10th or 11th grade. Successful completion of English 1 is strongly recommended.
Credits: 1.0
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments/32-36 weeks


The United States began as an experiment in freedom and democracy. Since its establishment, the country and its people have endured social, political, and economic revolutions. In this course, students will investigate the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from the end of the Civil War through today. Students are asked to analyze and evaluate decisions made by political, business, and military leaders. Emphasis is placed on connections between events of the past and present. This course also gives students the opportunity to conduct research and apply their learning to current, real-world problems.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 0: Getting Started & Pre-Civil War Review
  • Colonialization
  • Declaration of Independence
  • The Road to the American Revolution
  • The American Revolution
  • History of the Constitution
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Religion Present Day
Module 01: Reconstruction 
  • Geography
  • Forging Nationalism
  • Setting the Stage
  • Jacksonian Era
  • Civil War
  • Rebuilding the Government
  • A New South
  • Face of Freedom
  • Westward Expansion
Module 02: Industrial Revolution 
  • Industrialization Changes America
  • Innovation Nation
  • Populism
  • Coming to America
  • Rise of the Political Machines
  • Labor Movements
  • Social Change
  • Analyzing Maps and Images
Module 03: Enter the World Stage 
  • Isolationism, Intervention, and Imperialism
  • U.S. Territorial Expansion
  • The Great War
  • Preparing for War
  • A New Kind of War
  • War at Home
  • Peace, Demobilization, and Next Steps
  • Understanding Complexity
Module 04: Between the Wars 
  • Isolationism
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • Cultural Changes of the 1920s
  • Challenges to Civil Rights
  • The Great Depression
  • The New Deal
  • Analyzing Documents
Module 05: World War II 
  • World War Again
  • The United States at War
  • Two Wars
  • Holocaust
  • War at Home
  • War Ends
  • Post WWII Policies
  • Analyzing Images

Module 06: Post WWII & Cold War
  • The Fifties and Sixties
  • The Early Cold War
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The Cold War at Home
  • The Korean War
  • The Cold War
  • Vietnam War
  • Disillusionment
  • Analyzing Maps
Module 07: Civil Rights Movement
  • The Great Society
  • The American Motto and Medal of Honor
  • Peace or Power?
  • Minority Rights
  • Civil Rights Decisions
  • Misconceptions about Timed Testing
Module 08: The Modern Era
  • The 1970’s
  • The 1980’s
  • A New Millennium
  • Terrorism and Human Rights

Grading Policy

To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions.

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