U.S. History A

How can understanding America’s history help us understand and improve the world we live in today?

Why Take This Course?

US History A

Through learning of the United States’ past, students can be prepared for the future.

The story of America is the story of the human spirit. Through triumph and tragedy, Americans have banded together to create the freest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world. That nation is, today, at a crossroads and the youth of today will ultimately be the ones who determine the path we take in the future. They must know our history in order to ensure that path is the right one.

The curriculum, course framework, assignments, indeed, everything about U.S History A and B grows out of the goal that students will become active citizens who cultivate what President Ronald Reagan called an “informed patriotism.” This means a patriotism that sees America’s mistakes, but not just her mistakes; a patriotism that recognizes that, while America may not have always lived up to her ideals, no other nation ever had such ideals to live up to. Throughout each section of the course the student is asked—and asks themselves—how do the events, people and ideas I’m studying now help me understand America today? What action on my part does that understanding call for?

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
What events, people, and ideas contributed to America's development during the Founding Era?What events, people, and ideas contributed to America's development during the Antebellum Era?What events, people, and ideas contributed to America's development during the Civil War Era?What events, people, and ideas contributed to America's development during the Progressive Era?
How do I think like a historian?Why was the election of 1800 called a revolution?What were the conditions that enabled slavery to take root in America?What was the Industrial Revolution?
What events led to the discovery of America?Did Jefferson deliver on his promised revolution?How did slavery contribute to the sectional conflicts of the 1850s?What was the "state of the union" at the centennial?
How was America colonized?Who were the Jeffersonians?What events in the 1850s pushed America to the breaking point?What was the Gilded Age?
What ideas and events led to the American Revolution?What was Jacksonian Democracy?Why did the South secede?What was the Progressive Movement?
How did America win the Revolutionary War?What was the Bank War?What was the Emancipation Proclamation?What caused the Spanish-American War?
Why was the Constitution necessary?What caused the Mexican-American War?How did the Civil War end?How did Theodore Roosevelt strengthen the role of the President?
How did Washington's presidency shape the new nation?What are the lessons of the Antebellum Era?What was Reconstruction?What are the lessons of the Progressive Era?
What are the lessons of the Founding Era?What are the lessons of the Civil War Era?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

William J. BennettAmerica: The Last Best Hope (vol 1)
Chris WallaceCharacter: Profiles in Presidential Courage (Honors Only)


  • Recommended Grade: 10th (Sophomore)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
  • Format: Live/Self-Paced
  • Credits: 0.5
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