U.S. History

Course Description


Full-year course. In this course students will learn to “do” history while also gaining a deeper appreciation for the crucial role that history plays in the contemporary world. We will pay particular attention to colonial discontent, nationalism, and the move toward independence; nationalism, state-making, and the changing role of the federal government; slavery, sectionalism, and the Civil War; westward expansion, the destruction of indigenous populations, and U.S. imperialism; industrialization, urbanization, and Progressive-era reform; eugenics, immigration reform, and reproductive politics; the vicissitudes of capitalism, the Great Depression, and the New Deal; and globalization, warfare, and the Cold War Era. To explore these and associated processes, we will make use of primary sources such as newspapers, maps, films, cartoons, government documents, diaries, and memoirs in addition to the required textbook. 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. 

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Course texts: 

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  • American Stories: A History of the United States, Combined 3rd 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.

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