This course is designed to study the history of the United States chronologically, it will be a survey of our nation’s journey, from its origins to present day. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Through the use of primary and secondary sources the student will not only acquire a basic understanding of the factual material but will develop the analytical and interpretive skills necessary to deal with the subject in greater depth.
Topics to be covered:
PERIOD 1: 1491-1607: On a North American continent controlled by American Indians, contact among peoples of Europe, the Americas, and West Africa created a new world.
PERIOD 2: 1607-1754: Europeans and American Indians maneuvered and fought for dominance, control, and security in North America, and distinctive colonial and native societies emerged.
PERIOD 3: 1754-1800 : British Imperial attempts to reassert control over its colonies and the colonial reaction to these attempts produced a new American republic, along with struggles over the new nation & #39;s social, political, and economic identity.
PERIOD 4: 1800-1848: The promise of the new republic, during rapid economic, territorial, and population growth.
PERIOD 5: 1848-1877: As the nation expanded & its population grew, regional tensions, especially over slavery led to a Civil War—the course and aftermath of which transformed American society.
PERIOD 6: 1865-1898: The transformation of the United States from an agricultural to an increasingly industrialized and urbanized society brought about significant economic, political, diplomatic, social, environmental, and cultural changes.
PERIOD 7: 1898-1945: An increasingly pluralistic United States faced profound domestic and global challenges, debated the proper degree of government society and sought to define its international role.
PERIOD 8: 1945-1980: After World War II, the United States grappled with prosperity and unfamiliar international responsibilities, while struggling to live up to its ideals.
PERIOD 9: 1980-Present: As the United States transitioned to a new century..., it experienced renewed ideological and cultural debates, sought to redefine foreign policy, adapted to economic globalization and revolutionary changes in science & technology.
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. Proverbs 18:15