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This American History Review course invites you to explore the history of this remarkable nation. We'll discuss its early Native American roots and colonist settlements; the forging of a new national identity, free of the chains of imperialism; the establishment of the country of the United States as a world power; the national scandals, individual rights issues and other growing pains that consumed and continually persist on America's political and social stage; and the spectacular events and some memorable individuals that have helped shape America today.

 

Rich in culture, land, people, customs, and beliefs, the United States grew from a country of thirteen colonies, to a large country of fifty states, to a superpower in the world with one of the largest economies. This course will guide you along a path of discovery as you learn how this nation was born, how its powerful Constitution formed, and how it struggled internally and externally as it learned and continues to learn the boundaries, dynamics, and relationships based upon the three ideals of liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

 

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

 

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By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the Beginnings to 1600.
  • Know the European Settlements 1600-1775.
  • Know the Forming a New Nation 1775-1800.
  • Know the the Establishment of the New Nation.
  • Know the Nation Expands 1801-1850.
  • Know the Nation Divides 1850-1865.
  • Know the development into a Modern Nation 1860-1920.
  • Know the Nation in Turmoil 1920-1935.
  • Know the Nation at War 1935-1945.
  • Know the The Aftermath 1945-1949.
  • Know the National Identity Issues and Scandals 1950-1969.
  • Know the Rise of the Individual 1970-1993.
  • Know the Time of Growing Suspicions and Fears 1994-2008.
  • Know the American Lifestyle after WWII to Today, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 
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Lesson 1: Beginnings -1600

In this lesson we will begin our review of history with the explorers of the new world. 68 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: History of the American Indian
  • Review Article: Spanish Discovery and Colonization
  • Review Article: Giovanni de Verrazano
  • Review Article: English Colonization begins
  • Review Article: Vikings Discover America
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: European Settlements 1600-1775

Topics will include immigrants and their motives for moving to the new world, the formation of new colonies, and the impact on Native Americans. 37 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: 13 Original Colonies
  • Review Article: Virginia Colony
  • Review Article: Colonial Period
  • Review Article: Iroquois League
  • Review Article: History of New Netherland Colonies
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Forming a New Nation 1775-1800

Topics will include the events that led up to the First Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence. 65 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: American Revolution
  • Review Article: French and Indian War
  • Review Article: Prelude to Revolution
  • Review Article: The Boston Tea Party of 1773
  • Review Article: First and Second Continental Congress
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: The Establishment of the New Nation

Topics will include the drafts that led up to the Constitution, the formation of the Bill of Rights, the platforms of the two party system, and the first two presidents of the United States. 63 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Signing of the Constitution
  • Review Article: Summary of the Articles of Confederation
  • Review Article: Separation of Powers
  • Review Article: The Federalists Papers
  • Review Article: George Washington
  • Review Article: The Federalist Party
  • Review Article: John Adams
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: The Nation Expands 1801-1850

Topics will include the continual conflicts leading to the War of 1812, presidential involvement, westward expansion, and the beginning of The Women's Suffrage Movement. 61 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions
  • Review Article: Revolution of 1800
  • Review Article: Thomas Jefferson as President
  • Review Article: Louisiana Purchase
  • Review Article: Embargo Act of 1807
  • Review Article: James Madison as President
  • Review Article: The Second Great Awakening
  • Review Article: Burned Over District
  • Review Article: John Marshall as Chief Justice
  • Review Article: Missouri Compromise
  • Review Article: James Monroe as President
  • Review Article: Monroe Doctrine
  • Review Article: John Quincy Adams as President
  • Review Article: Trail of Tears
  • Review Article: Manifest Destiny
  • Review Article: Seneca Falls
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: The Nation Divides 1850-1865

Topics will focus on how the Nation became divided over the issue of slavery, of events and key players in the Civil War, and the unsatisfactory aftermath that continued to leave the nation divided. 63 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Review Article: Who were the abolitionists?
  • Review Article: William Lloyd Garrison
  • Review Article: Underground Railroad
  • Review Article: Elijah P. Lovejoy
  • Review Article: Remember the Alamo
  • Review Article: James Polk as President
  • Review Article: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
  • Review Article: Free Soil Party of 1848
  • Review Article: California Gold Rush
  • Review Article: 1850 Compromise
  • Review Article: The Whig Party
  • Review Article: Dred Scott Decision
  • Review Article: Abraham Lincoln Biography
  • Review Article: Abraham Lincoln as President
  • Review Article: Election of 1860
  • Review Article: Jefferson Davis
  • Review Article: Bull Run
  • Review Article: General Ulysses S. Grant
  • Review Article: Robert E. Lee
  • Review Article: Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson
  • Review Article: Battle at Antietam Creek
  • Review Article: Emancipation Proclamation
  • Review Article: Gettysburg
  • Review Article: Gettysburg address
  • Review Article: General Sherman
  • Review Article: Andrew Johnson as President
  • Review Article: Thaddeus Stevens
  • Review Article: 'carpetbaggers'
  • Review Article: Jim Crow laws
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Developing into a Modern Nation 1860-1920

Topics will include the Industrial Revolution and its impact on the American way of life. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Background to the Industrial Revolution in America
  • Review Article: Inventors of the Industrial Revolution
  • Review Article: Inventions that fuelled the Industrial Revolution
  • Review Article: History of Railroads and Maps
  • Review Article: Invention of the Reaper
  • Review Article: Knights of Labor
  • Review Article: Segregation
  • Review Article: W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Review Article: Theodore Roosevelt on Reform
  • Review Article: Theodore Roosevelt as President
  • Review Article: William Taft as President
  • Review Article: Little Big Horn Battle
  • Review Article: History of Native American Links
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Establishing a World Presence

Topics will include events that led up to American involvement in WW1 and the more active role of the U.S. on the global stage. 53 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: The Purchase of Alaska
  • Review Article: Spanish American War of 1898
  • Review Article: Open door policy
  • Review Article: Panama Canal
  • Review Article: Causes of World War 1
  • Review Article: President Woodrow Wilson
  • Review Article: Lusitania
  • Review Article: Fourteen Point Declaration
  • Review Article: Casualties of World War 1
  • Review Article: Treaty of Versailles
  • Review Article: Aftermath of World War 1
  • Review Article: Birth and Organization of the League of Nations
  • Review Article: Red Scare of the 1920's
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: The Nation in Turmoil 1920-1935

Topics will include issues involving immigration, religious conflicts and prohibition that took place during the Roaring Twenties into the Great Depression. 62 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: President Warren Harding
  • Review Article: Fordney-McCumber Tariff
  • Review Article: Hawley-Smoot Tariff
  • Review Article: President Calvin Coolidge
  • Review Article: Transportation Act of 1920
  • Review Article: Nativists
  • Review Article: Johnson-Reed National Origins Act
  • Review Article: John Scopes
  • Review Article: Prohibition
  • Review Article: Bootlegging
  • Review Article: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Review Article: Sinclair Lewis
  • Review Article: Ernest Hemingway
  • Review Article: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Review Article: Harlem Renaissance
  • Review Article: Langston Hughes
  • Review Article: Duke Ellington
  • Review Article: President Herbert Hoover
  • Review Article: President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Review Article: Causes of The Great Depression
  • Review Article: The Great Depression
  • Review Article: The New Deal
  • Review Article: Works Progress Administration
  • Review Article: The Social Security Act of 1935
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Nation at War 1935-1945

Topics will include the Second World War in Europe and in the Pacific, the impact of war in America, and the atomic bomb. 62 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: World War 2
  • Review Article: World War 2 Timeline
  • Review Article: Pictures of World War 2
  • Review Article: Famous Battles of World War 2
  • Review Article: The Rise of Adolf Hitler
  • Review Article: Nazis Germany
  • Review Article: Rosie the Riveter
  • Review Article: General Dwight D. Eisenhower in WW2
  • Review Article: Normandy invasion
  • Review Article: President Harry Truman
  • Review Article: Kamikaze suicide planes
  • Review Article: atomic bomb
  • Review Article: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: The Aftermath 1945 - 1949

Topics will include the aftermath of WW II, and the start of the cold war. 64 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: United Nations
  • Review Article: Holocaust
  • Review Article: Nuremberg War Trials
  • Review Article: The Fair Deal
  • Review Article: Bolshevik Revolution of 1917
  • Review Article: coup d'etat of Czechoslovakia in 1948
  • Review Article: Winston Churchill
  • Review Article: Iron Curtain
  • Review Article: Truman Doctrine
  • Review Article: Berlin Airlift
  • Review Article: Dwight D. Eisenhower as president
  • Review Article: Hydrogen Bomb
  • Review Article: Red Scare
  • Review Article: Senator Joseph McCarthy
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: National Identity Issues and Scandals 1950-1969

Topics will include the Civil Rights Movement, assassinations, and the beginning of the space program. 59 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Harry Truman as President
  • Review Article: Causes of the Korean War
  • Review Article: Dwight Eisenhower as President
  • Review Article: Rosa Parks
  • Review Article: John F. Kennedy as President
  • Review Article: John F. Kennedy Quotes
  • Review Article: Limited Test Ban Treaty
  • Review Article: John F. Kennedy Assassination
  • Review Article: Sputnik
  • Review Article: Project Mercury program
  • Review Article: Gemini
  • Review Article: Neil Armstrong
  • Review Article: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Review Article: James Meredith
  • Review Article: Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Review Article: Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Review Article: Senator Robert Kennedy
  • Review Article: Lyndon B. Johnson as President
  • Review Article: War on Poverty
  • Review Article: Great Society
  • Review Article: Ralph Nader
  • Review Article: Viet Cong
  • Review Article: Vietnam War
  • Review Article: Vietnam War Gallery
  • Review Article: Richard Nixon
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13 The Rise of the Individual 1970-1993

Topics will include the events that shaped the presidencies of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Regan, and George H.W. Bush. 62 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: President Stats for Richard Nixon
  • Review Article: The Fall of Saigon in 1975
  • Review Article: Nixon's Groundbreaking visit to China
  • Review Article: Anti Ballista Missile Treaty Timeline
  • Review Article: 1973 Oil Crisis
  • Review Article: Munich Massacre
  • Review Article: Munich Massacre video
  • Review Article: Roe V. Wade: Supreme Court Decision
  • Review Article: Gerald Ford
  • Review Article: Helsinki Accords of 1975
  • Review Article: Jimmy Carter Video
  • Review Article: Jimmy Carter Biography
  • Review Article: Iran Hostage Crisis
  • Review Article: Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Disaster
  • Review Article: 1970s Timeline
  • Review Article: Seventies Almanac
  • Review Article: Ronald Reagan as President
  • Review Article: Bombing of Libya
  • Review Article: Overview of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
  • Review Article: Funny Reagan Quotes
  • Review Article: Iran-Contra Deal
  • Review Article: Discover George H. W. Bush
  • Review Article: First Ladies of the White House
  • Review Article: Vice President to President Bush- Dan Quayle
  • Review Article: The End of the Cold War
  • Review Article: Boris Yeltsin
  • Review Article: 1989: U. S. Forces Oust General Noriega
  • Review Article: The Gulf War
  • Review Article: Military Dictator Saddam Hussein
  • Review Video: Video of the Fall of Saigon
  • Review Video: Richard Nixon Resignation Video
  • Review Video: Richard Nixon Video "I am not a crook"
  • Review Video: Jimmy Carter Crises of Confidence speech (video)
  • Review Video: Reagan- Tear down This Wall
  • Review Video: Kuwait Invasion and Liberation Video
  • Review Video: Lewinsky Scandal
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: A Time of Growing Suspicions and Fears 1994-2009

Topics will include the events that shaped the presidencies during the Clinton years, George W. Bush, and the current President Obama. 76 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Vice President to President Bush- Dan Quayle
  • Review Article: Bill Clinton as President
  • Review Article: Ross Perot
  • Review Article: Presidential Election of 1992
  • Review Article: Waco Siege
  • Review Article: Don't ask don't tell
  • Review Article: Hillary Clinton and Health Care Defeat
  • Review Article: NAFTA
  • Review Article: WTO
  • Review Article: Whitewater scandal
  • Review Article: Economic Growth due to the Personal Computer
  • Review Article: Clinton's Impeachment Trial
  • Review Article: Election of 2000
  • Review Article: George W. Bush as President
  • Review Article: Opinion Article on the results of the "No Child left behind act
  • Review Article: Patriot Act
  • Review Article: Department of Homeland Security
  • Review Article: Documentary Video of Afghanistan: War Without End
  • Review Article: Osama Bin Laden
  • Review Article: The Taliban
  • Review Article: al-Quaida
  • Review Article: Axis of Evil
  • Review Article: Iraq War- Bush Justification Timeline
  • Review Article: War with Iraq: Who Decides?
  • Review Article: Iraq War Events
  • Review Article: Iraq War Results
  • Review Article: Hurricane Katarina
  • Review Article: Financial crash of 2008
  • Review Article: Barack Obama as President
  • Review Article: Barack Obama scorecard
  • Review Article: Barack Obama on Facebook
  • Review Article: Barack Obama on Twitter
  • Review Article: The White House of Barack Obama
  • Review Video: 1993 World Trade Center Bombing Video
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam
  • Complete: Lesson 14.1 Exam

Lesson 15: American Lifestyle after WWII to Today

Topics will include American cultural events that held America's attention over several decades. 98 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Big Bands database
  • Review Article: Glenn Miller
  • Review Article: Duke Ellington
  • Review Article: Jitterbug Dance
  • Review Article: Rosie the Riveter
  • Review Article: Movie stars of the 1940s
  • Review Article: Baby Boom Generation
  • Review Article: Television in the 1940s
  • Review Article: Pop music in the 1940s
  • Review Article: Charlie Parker
  • Review Article: Ella Fitzgerald
  • Review Article: 'Beat generation
  • Review Article: Jack Kerouac
  • Review Article: Allen Ginsberg
  • Review Article: Jackson Pollock
  • Review Article: Elvis Presley
  • Review Article: Famous People of the 1950s
  • Review Article: Levittown
  • Review Article: Toys from the 1950s
  • Review Article: Dick Clark's American Bandstand
  • Review Article: 50s TV Shows
  • Review Article: Literature of the 1960s
  • Review Article: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Review Article: The Beatles Biography
  • Review Article: Woodstock photo gallery
  • Review Article: Musicals of 1960
  • Review Article: Television of 1960
  • Review Article: Disco
  • Review Article: Television of the 1970s
  • Review Article: Movies of the 1970s
  • Review Article: Life in the 1980s
  • Review Article: Toys of the 1980s
  • Review Article: MTV Generation
  • Review Article: Television of the 1980s
  • Review Article: Movies of the 1980s
  • Review Article: The 1990s
  • Review Article: Music of the 1990s
  • Review Article: TV shows of the 1990s
  • Review Article: Broadway Musicals of the 1990s
  • Review Article: Movies of the 1990s
  • Review Article: Music of 2000-2009
  • Review Article: Books of 2000- 2009
  • Review Article: Sports
  • Review Article: Jackie Robinson
  • Review Article: Joe Louis
  • Review Article: Multimedia sports
  • Review Article: Roger Maris
  • Review Article: Pete Rose
  • Review Article: Secretariat
  • Review Article: Evel Knievel
  • Review Article: Muhammad Ali
  • Review Article: Lawrence Taylor Video
  • Review Article: Michael Jordan Virtual Gallery
  • Review Article: Wayne Gretzky
  • Review Article: Mary Decker Olympic trip
  • Review Article: Sports in the 1990s
  • Review Video: Billy Holiday
  • Review Video: Dizzy Gillepsie
  • Review Video: Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Review Video: Rosa Park's video story
  • Review Video: Star Wars Movie Trailer
  • Review Video: Wilt Chamberlain Video
  • Review Video: Sugar Ray Robinson Video
  • Review Video: Mickey Mantle Video
  • Review Video: New York Mets in 1969 Video
  • Review Video: Mark Spitz Video
  • Review Video: Mary Lou Retton Olympic Moment
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  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: American History Review
Course Number: 32962
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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