Course Overview

American History I starts at the dawn of civilization with an overview that introduces students to the earliest known societies originating in Africa and covers the movement of peoples into the Western Hemisphere. Students learn about cultures that existed long before Western Europeans began arriving. The course then focuses on colonization by the Spanish, English and French. We will learn about the early English colonies and the conflicts that arise leading to Revolution. Students will learn about the founding of the United States, its expansion and the strife that emerges that leads to disunion, war and recovery. We will learn about early economic, agricultural and technological advances as well as early reform movements. It is a dense 12 chapters in our text...

American History II begins with a review from American History I and moves quickly into the impacts of continued Manifest Destiny-based expansion, transportation advances and the role of the Second Industrial Revolution has on women, minorities and society as a whole. We will learn about the rise of labor in the face of monopolies and efforts to safeguard society. We cover the introduction of America as an imperialist nation, the impact of world wars, changes in society, financial catastrophe and repair as well as the legacy of the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the migrant workers advocacy and the quest for suffrage for women (as well celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women being able to vote in the US). We will investigate the impact of immigration throughout the course and we will take the time to appreciate that every person in America has an immigration story because there was a time when the Western Hemisphere was without a single person. We will look at cultural changes in the 1950's and 1960's along with the changing political landscape from the 1960's to the current conditions in America. This material starts from Chapter 13 and ends after Chapter 34.