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American History Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
American History Part 1 is designed to help students understand and interpret the history of the United States. The course will begin by examining the rise of modern America due to the effects of industrialization.  This course will deal with the vast scope of complex issues that have shaped America throughout its history. Some of the topics that will be examined are the Progressive Era, American Imperialism, World War I, and the Great Depression. The course will end with the beginning of World War II.  Students will learn about these prominent national events as well as historical milestones around the world. Students will use Internet projects in this course to enhance their learning experiences.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze the impact that natural resources, creative ideas, and growing markets had on industrial expansion.
  • Examine the age of railroads.
  • Analyze how  the growth of business led to the formation of labor unions.
  • Examine the impact of immigration on the United States. 
  • Examine politics in the Gilded Age by identifying government corruption and calls for reform.
  • Examine advances in science and urban life by explaining how technology solved urban problems.
  • Examine segregation and discrimination by explaining how African Americans fought Jim Crow laws.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine the origins of progressivism.
  • Analyze the social and economic changes of the late nineteenth century, including the roles women held in public life. 
  • Analyze Theodore Roosevelt’s Square Deal.
  • Analyze Woodrow Wilson’s New Freedom, and explain how it established a strong reform agenda for his presidency.
  • Examine imperialism, and explain how global competition caused the United States to expand.
  • Examine the emergence of America as a world power.
  • Explain why the United States had to abandon its neutrality in World War I.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain how the mobilization of the American military helped the Allies achieve victory in World War I.
  • Explain how World War I spurred social, political, and economic change in the United States.
  • Analyze Woodrow Wilson’s peace plan.
  • Examine the postwar struggles in America, including the fear of communism and foreigners.
  • Examine the rise in America’s standard of living by exploring how consumer goods fueled the business boom of the 1920s.
  • Examine cultural conflicts that occurred in America as customs and values changed in the 1920s.
  • Define the Harlem Renaissance and examine the artistic contributions made by African Americans.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain the state of the American economy in the late 1920s.
  • Examine the hardship and suffering Americans faced during the Great Depression.
  • Analyze President Hoover’s conservative approach to implementing change during the Great Depression.
  • Examine the actions taken by President Roosevelt to bolster the economy through the New Deal.
  • Examine the Second New Deal, including the programs that extended federal aid and stimulated the economy.
  • Examine American culture in the 1930s, and identify how the New Deal influenced movies, radio, art, and literature.
  • Identify the dictators who threatened world peace and how their rule led to World War II.

Course Materials

  • The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved