American History Part 2 will help students understand and interpret the history of the United States. The course will begin with the Holocaust and World War II and move through time to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Post-Vietnam Era, ending with the present. This course will deal with a vast scope of complex issues throughout American history.
It is recommended that students successfully complete American History Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Analyze the events surrounding World War II, including the Holocaust and America’s entry into the war.
- Examine America’s role in World War II by summarizing the fighting in the European and Pacific theaters.
- Evaluate how America became a major force in world affairs by examining the outcome of World War II.
- Analyze the early stages of the Cold War by describing its origins and development.
- Examine the effects of the Cold War on the American population.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Examine postwar America by analyzing the culture of the 1950s.
- Examine the problems postwar Americans faced.
- Analyze the New Frontier and the Great Society by examining the impact of their programs.
- Examine how African Americans fought discrimination during the Civil Rights era.
- Analyze the outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement by identifying the civil rights legislation passed in the 1960s.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Examine the causes of the Vietnam War by explaining America’s desire to stop the spread of communism.
- Analyze the military and political events surrounding the Vietnam War.
- Evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of the fight for civil rights equality by Latinos, Native Americans, and women.
- Examine the social protests of the 1960s.
- Examine the political, social, and economic events of the early 1970s by analyzing the Nixon administration.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Examine the political, social, and economic events of the early 1970s by analyzing the Ford and Carter presidencies.
- Analyze the impact of environmentalism.
- Examine the key political and social events of the 1980s by analyzing American life during the Reagan and Bush presidencies.
- Evaluate the impact of the global economy on the American workforce.
- Analyze the important issues affecting the United States today by examining the changes that are occurring in the world.
- The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century (textbook)
*Available as an iText course