Why Take This Course?
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 & 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?
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|What events, people, and ideas contributed to America's development during the WWI & Great Depression Era?||What events, people, and ideas contributed to America's development during the WWII Era?||What events, people, and ideas contributed to America's development during the Cold War & Civil Rights Era?||What events, people, and ideas contributed to America's development during the End of the Cold War Era?|
|How do I think like a historian?||How did World War II begin?||What is communism?||How did America win the space race?|
|Why did America enter World War I?||What was America's policy during the first years of World War II?||How did the Cold War begin?||How did Watergate affect the nation?|
|How did World War I end?||Why did America enter World War II?||Why did America enter the Korean conflict?||How did the Vietnam War end?|
|Why did the Treaty of Versailles fail in the Senate?||Why did America agree to a "Germany first" strategy?||What sparked the Civil Rights Movement?||What was the national mood under Carter?|
|What were the characteristics of the Roaring 20s?||What was D-Day?||How was JFK representative of a new age in America?||What was the Reagan Revolution?|
|What caused the Great Depression?||How did World War II end?||How did Lyndon Johnson become President?||How did Reagan win reelection?|
|What was the New Deal?||What are the lessons of the WWII Era?||How did America get involved in Vietnam?||How did the Cold War end?|
|What was the Munich Pact?||What are the lessons of the Cold War & Civil Rights Era?||What are the important events from 1988 - 2008?|
|What are the lessons of the WWI & Great Depression Era?||What are the lessons of the End of the Cold War Era?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
|William J. Bennett||America: The Last Best Hope (vol 2)|
|William J. Bennett||A Century Turns (optional)|
|Chris Wallace||Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage (Honors Only)|
- Recommended Grade: 10th (Sophomore)
- Prerequisites: U.S. History A
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
- Format: Live/Self-Paced
- Credits: 0.5