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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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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 5 Articles: History of the American Indian; Spanish Discovery and Colonization ; Giovanni de Verrazano; English Colonization begins; 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 5 Articles: 13 Original Colonies ; Virginia Colony ; Colonial Period; Iroquois League; 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 5 Articles: American Revolution ; French and Indian War; Prelude to Revolution ; The Boston Tea Party of 1773 ; 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 7 Articles: Signing of the Constitution ; Summary of the Articles of Confederation ; Separation of Powers ; The Federalists Papers; George Washington; The Federalist Party ; 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 14 Articles: Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions ; Revolution of 1800 ; Thomas Jefferson as President ; Louisiana Purchase; Embargo Act of 1807; James Madison as President ; The Second Great Awakening ; Burned Over District; Missouri Compromise ; James Monroe as President ; Monroe Doctrine ; John Quincy Adams as President ; Trail of Tears ; Manifest Destiny
  • 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 29 Articles: Alexis de Tocqueville ; Who were the abolitionists?; William Lloyd Garrison ; Elijah P. Lovejoy; Remember the Alamo ; James Polk as President ; Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ; Free Soil Party of 1848 ; California Gold Rush ; 1850 Compromise ; The Whig Party; Dred Scott Decision ; Abraham Lincoln Biography; Abraham Lincoln as President ; Election of 1860; Jefferson Davis ; Bull Run; General Ulysses S. Grant ; Robert E. Lee ; Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson ; Battle at Antietam Creek; Emancipation Proclamation; Gettysburg; Gettysburg address ; General Sherman ; Andrew Johnson as President ; Thaddeus Stevens ; 'carpetbaggers'; 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 13 Articles: Background to the Industrial Revolution in America ; Inventors of the Industrial Revolution ; Inventions that fuelled the Industrial Revolution ; History of Railroads and Maps ; Invention of the Reaper ; Knights of Labor ; Segregation; W.E.B. Du Bois ; Theodore Roosevelt on Reform ; Theodore Roosevelt as President ; William Taft as President ; Little Big Horn Battle; 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 13 Articles: The Purchase of Alaska; Spanish American War of 1898; Open door policy ; Panama Canal ; Causes of World War 1; President Woodrow Wilson ; Lusitania; Fourteen Point Declaration ; Casualties of World War 1 ; Treaty of Versailles; Aftermath of World War 1 ; Birth and Organization of the League of Nations ; 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 23 Articles: President Warren Harding ; Fordney-McCumber Tariff ; Hawley-Smoot Tariff ; President Calvin Coolidge ; Transportation Act of 1920; Nativists; Johnson-Reed National Origins Act; John Scopes; Prohibition; Bootlegging; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Sinclair Lewis ; Ernest Hemingway; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ; Harlem Renaissance ; Langston Hughes ; Duke Ellington ; President Herbert Hoover ; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Causes of The Great Depression ; The New Deal ; Works Progress Administration ; 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 13 Articles: World War 2 ; World War 2 Timeline ; Pictures of World War 2; Famous Battles of World War 2 ; The Rise of Adolf Hitler; Nazis Germany ; Rosie the Riveter ; General Dwight D. Eisenhower in WW2; Normandy invasion ; President Harry Truman ; Kamikaze suicide planes ; atomic bomb ; 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 14 Articles: United Nations ; Holocaust; Nuremberg War Trials ; The Fair Deal ; Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 ; coup d'etat of Czechoslovakia in 1948 ; Winston Churchill ; Iron Curtain; Truman Doctrine ; Berlin Airlift ; Dwight D. Eisenhower as president ; Hydrogen Bomb; Red Scare ; 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 25 Articles: Harry Truman as President; Causes of the Korean War ; Dwight Eisenhower as President; Rosa Parks ; John F. Kennedy as President ; John F. Kennedy Quotes ; Limited Test Ban Treaty ; John F. Kennedy Assassination ; Sputnik ; Project Mercury program ; Gemini ; Neil Armstrong ; Martin Luther King Jr. ; James Meredith; Civil Rights Act of 1964; Voting Rights Act of 1965 ; Senator Robert Kennedy ; Lyndon B. Johnson as President ; War on Poverty; Great Society ; Ralph Nader ; Viet Cong ; Vietnam War ; Vietnam War Gallery ; 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 28 Articles: President Stats for Richard Nixon ; The Fall of Saigon in 1975 ; Nixon's Groundbreaking visit to China ; Anti Ballista Missile Treaty Timeline ; 1973 Oil Crisis ; Munich Massacre ; Munich Massacre video; Roe V. Wade: Supreme Court Decision ; Gerald Ford ; Helsinki Accords of 1975 ; Jimmy Carter Video; Jimmy Carter Biography ; Iran Hostage Crisis ; Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Disaster ; 1970s Timeline ; Seventies Almanac ; Ronald Reagan as President ; Bombing of Libya; Funny Reagan Quotes ; Iran-Contra Deal ; Discover George H. W. Bush ; First Ladies of the White House ; Vice President to President Bush- Dan Quayle ; The End of the Cold War ; Boris Yeltsin ; 1989: U. S. Forces Oust General Noriega ; The Gulf War ; Military Dictator Saddam Hussein
  • Review 6 Videos: Video of the Fall of Saigon ; Richard Nixon Resignation Video ; Richard Nixon Video "I am not a crook" ; Reagan- Tear down This Wall ; Kuwait Invasion and Liberation 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 33 Articles: Vice President to President Bush- Dan Quayle ; Bill Clinton as President ; Ross Perot ; Presidential Election of 1992; Waco Siege ; Don't ask don't tell; Hillary Clinton and Health Care Defeat ; NAFTA; WTO; Whitewater scandal ; Economic Growth due to the Personal Computer ; Clinton's Impeachment Trial ; Election of 2000 ; George W. Bush as President ; Opinion Article on the results of the "No Child left behind act; Patriot Act ; Department of Homeland Security ; Documentary Video of Afghanistan: War Without End ; Osama Bin Laden; The Taliban ; al-Quaida ; Axis of Evil ; Iraq War- Bush Justification Timeline ; War with Iraq: Who Decides? ; Iraq War Events ; Iraq War Results; Hurricane Katarina ; Financial crash of 2008 ; Barack Obama as President ; Barack Obama scorecard ; Barack Obama on Facebook ; Barack Obama on Twitter ; 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 56 Articles: Big Bands database; Glenn Miller ; Duke Ellington ; Jitterbug Dance ; Rosie the Riveter ; Movie stars of the 1940s ; Baby Boom Generation ; Television in the 1940s; Pop music in the 1940s ; Charlie Parker; Ella Fitzgerald; 'Beat generation ; Jack Kerouac ; Allen Ginsberg ; Jackson Pollock ; Elvis Presley ; Famous People of the 1950s ; Levittown; Toys from the 1950s ; Dick Clark's American Bandstand ; 50s TV Shows ; Literature of the 1960s; To Kill a Mockingbird ; The Beatles Biography ; Woodstock photo gallery ; Musicals of 1960; Television of 1960 ; Disco ; Television of the 1970s ; Movies of the 1970s; Life in the 1980s ; Toys of the 1980s ; MTV Generation; Television of the 1980s ; Movies of the 1980s ; The 1990s ; Music of the 1990s ; TV shows of the 1990s ; Broadway Musicals of the 1990s ; Movies of the 1990s; Music of 2000-2009 ; Books of 2000- 2009; Sports; Jackie Robinson ; Joe Louis ; Multimedia sports ; Roger Maris ; Pete Rose ; Secretariat; Evel Knievel ; Muhammad Ali ; Lawrence Taylor Video; Michael Jordan Virtual Gallery ; Wayne Gretzky ; Mary Decker Olympic trip; Sports in the 1990s
  • Review 11 Videos: Billy Holiday ; Dizzy Gillepsie ; Jerry Lee Lewis ; Rosa Park's video story ; Star Wars Movie Trailer ; Wilt Chamberlain Video ; Sugar Ray Robinson Video ; Mickey Mantle Video ; New York Mets in 1969 Video ; Mark Spitz 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
Course Type: General Education
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
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Learning Outcomes

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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