U.S. History

Full-year course. This is a survey course of U.S. history from the colonial period through the end of the twentieth century. The organizing feature as we proceed through the centuries of our past will be the query: “How has United States history promoted or belied America's ideals of political equality, natural rights, and sovereignty of the people?” By practicing the same historical thinking skills and tools that professional historians employ and by engaging with rich primary sources, students will deepen their appreciation for the work and subtleties of history. We will also examine objects from material culture to inform our study of history and hone skills used in the museum field. The class is not lecture-based, but is run as a modified “flipped classroom.” Students will be expected to read, watch films, and engage in discussion posts outside of class, so that the bulk of class time will be available to address content and big questions, analyze primary sources, and engage in collaborative, small-group learning activities. When taken in combination with our Literature of the New World course, students will receive the integrated Great Books and History coverage recommended in The Well-Trained Mind. 

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  • Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)
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    • Give Me Liberty!: An American History, Full 5th edition
  • Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 20 students.
  • Designed for grades 10-12.
  • Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Social Sciences credit upon completion of this course.