American History Review

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Course Description

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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    Course Lessons

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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 A
    • Lesson 1 Video B : Introduction Discussion
    • Review 2 Articles: Giovanni de Verrazano; English Colonization begins
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 2 Video B : Lesson 2 Discussion
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 3 Video B : Lesson 3 Discussion
    • Review Article: French and Indian War
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 4 Video B : Lesson 4 Discussion
    • Review 2 Articles: George Washington; 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 A
    • Lesson 5 Video B : Lesson 5 Discussion
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 6 Video B : Lesson 6 Discussion
    • Review 2 Articles: Bull Run; Emancipation Proclamation
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 7 Video B : Lesson 7 Discussion
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 8 Video B : Lesson 8 Discussion
    • Review 2 Articles: Causes of World War 1; Treaty of Versailles
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 9 Video B : Lesson 9 Discussion
    • Review 2 Articles: F. Scott Fitzgerald; Ernest Hemingway
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 10 Video B : Lesson 10 Discussion
    • 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: 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 A
    • Lesson 12 Video B
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 13 Video B : Lesson 13 Discussion
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 14 Video B
    • 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 A
    • Lesson 15 Video B : Lesson 15 Discussion
    • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
    • Complete: The Final Exam
    Total Course Points

    Learning Outcomes

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

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    Course Title: American History Review
    Course Number: 32962
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    Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (1,656 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
    CEU Value: 1.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
    CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
    Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
    Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
    Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
    Syllabus: View Syllabus
    Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
    Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $95.00

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