• College Preparatory U.S. History


    This is a year long course in United States History with practical application.  The course is a very interactive, seminar style, discussion based course, utilizing the Socratic method. A variety of assessments are used when compiling student grades including:  projects, debates, class participation, tests, quizzes, reports, simulations, and a final exam/project. This course is designed to explore America’s historical development from the end of the Reconstruction era to the present. We will examine a wide variety of factors (political, economic, social, and cultural) that contributed to the creation of a multicultural industrial society and that shaped America’s emergence as a world power.
    Throughout the course, parallels will be made between historic and current events. Major topics include:  the Industrial Revolution, urbanization, immigration, Gilded Age culture and politics, the labor movement, Imperialism, Progressivism, segregation and African-American response, the women's movement, World War I, politics and culture in the 'Twenties, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, post-war prosperity, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the disillusionment of the 'Seventies', the Reagan revolution, post-Cold War, and the U.S. in the post-9/11 era.

    Students will:
    •    Discover where history repeats itself – and why
    •    Identify and analyze key themes and events from the past
    •    Gain experience in the critical assessment of primary sources
    •    Sharpen skills in marshaling data and concepts from readings and discussion
    •    Travel back in time to understand historical issues in context

Last Modified on August 8, 2019