Course Description

America's Pantheon of Heroes and Villains

Every epoch has its marquee names that transcend the annals of history—individuals whose deeds, for better or worse, shape the contours of their nation's saga. The United States, with its rich tapestry of narratives, is no exception. From paragons of virtue to those who danced with their darker selves, the U.S. landscape is peppered with figures who have punctuated its story, leaving indelible marks. But what alchemy of fate, choices, and national zeitgeist elevates someone into the realm of household recognition?

Dive deep into "American Heroes and Villains" to embark on an illuminating journey, one that delves into the intricate interplay of personal choices and societal context. What distinguishes George Washington's statesmanship from Charles Manson's notoriety? How do individuals like Jesse James, a legendary outlaw, and Linus Pauling, a groundbreaking scientist, find themselves immortalized in America's collective psyche?

Our course is not merely a parade of biographies. Instead, it's an exploration, an excavation of the underlying currents that cast certain individuals into the spotlight. Beyond a mere recounting of their lives, we unravel the complex tapestry of historical, societal, and personal factors that enshrined them in the pantheon of American icons.

Through meticulously crafted modules, you will:

  • Delve into captivating biographical overviews of America's luminaries and those who courted controversy.
  • Engage in rich analyses, discerning what renders these individuals iconic in the vast tableau of American history.
  • Understand the multifaceted criteria underpinning the rise (or fall) of these personas in the nation's consciousness.

As we navigate the nuanced terrains of heroism and infamy, this exciting course promises to be more than just a history lesson. It's an invitation to a deeper understanding of the American ethos and the myriad personalities that have sculpted it.

Join us, as we unveil the tales of those who've touched the very soul of America, weaving its narrative of greatness, grit, light, and shadow.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what it means to be considered an American hero or villain.
  • Summarize American heroes and villains in early America.
  • Summarize American heroes and villains in the Expansion and Reform Era.
  • Summarize American heroes and villains in the Civil War and Reconstruction.
  • Summarize American heroes and villains in The Wild West and the Second Industrial Revolution.
  • Summarize American heroes and villains in World War I, World War II and the Korean War
  • Summarize American heroes and villains in Post War to the End of the Century
  • Post War to the End of the Century, Part II
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 1: An Introduction to America’s Heroes and Villains 9 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 2: Early America 10 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 3: Colonial America 10 points
Lesson 4 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 4: Revolutionary America, Part I 10 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 5: Revolutionary America, Part II 9 points
Lesson 6 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 6: The Young Republic 10 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 7: Expansion and Reform Era 10 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 8: Civil War and Reconstruction 9 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 25 points
Henry Ford Racist? 20 points
Lesson 9: The Wild West and the Second Industrial Revolution 10 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 10: World War I 10 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 11: World War II and Korea 9 points
Lesson 12 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 12: Post War to the End of the Century, Part I 10 points
Lesson 13 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 13: Post War to the End of the Century, Part II 10 points
Lesson 14 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 14: The New Millennium 8 points
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