American History Review

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Course Description

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


 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, its powerful Constitution, and its struggle 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


Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Goals


Course Goals:


-  Students will learn America's early history involving the arrival of Native Americans, the numerous explorations and colonist settlements.

- Students will learn how America established an independent national identity

- Students will learn about how this nation expanded and then divided and the outcomes of a Civil War.

- Students will learn about how this nation became a world presence

-Students will learn about how this nation fell into a depression, and how it became involved in WW2

- Students will learn about the aftermath of the second world war and the beginning of the Cold War.

-Students will learn about historical events and the political scandals that occurred during the 1950's and 1960's

-Students will learn about the political, world and cultural events that dominated the presidencies of Jimmy Carter through George H.W. Bush

-Students will learn about the social scandals that shaped the presidency of Bill Clinton and the rising world fears that influence the presidency of George W. Bush



Course Objectives:

Lesson 1: Beginnings-1600

Lesson 2: European Settlements 1600-1775

Lesson 3: Forming a New Nation 1775-1800

Lesson 4: The Establishment of the New Nation

Lesson 5: The Nation Expands 1801-1850

Lesson 6: The Nation Divides 1850-1865

Lesson 7: Developing into a Modern Nation 1860-1920

Lesson 8: Establishing a World Presence

Lesson 9: The Nation in Turmoil 1920-1935

Lesson 10: Nation at War 1935-1945

Lesson 11: The Aftermath 1945- 1949

Lesson 12: National Identity Issues and Scandals 1950-1969

Lesson 13 The Rise of the Individual 1970-1993

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

Lesson 15: American Lifestyle after WWII to Today

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Christopher Columbus25
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment50
Lesson 1 Exam13
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Exam12
Lesson 3 Assignment50
Lesson 3 Exam15
Lesson 4 Assignment50
Lesson 4 Exam13
Lesson 5 Assignment50
Lesson 5 Exam11
Lesson 6 Assignment50
Lesson 6 Exam13
Lesson 7 Assignment50
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment50
Lesson 8 Exam3
Lesson 9 Assignment50
Lesson 9 Exam12
Lesson 10 Assignment50
Lesson 10 Exam12
Lesson 11 Assignment50
Lesson 11 Exam14
Lesson 12 Assignment50
Lesson 12 Exam9
Lesson 13 Assignment50
Lesson 13 Exam12
Lesson 14 Assignment50
Lesson 14 Exam14
Lesson 14.1 Exam12
Lesson 15 Assignment50
The Final Exam48
Total Points:978

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