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High School US History for Credit Recovery

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This is a survey course of United States history focusing on the period from the Civil War through the present. The United States began as an experiment in freedom and democracy. Since its establishment, the country and its people have endured social, political and economic revolutions. In this course, students will investigate the people, events and ideas that have shaped the United States. Students are asked to analyze and evaluate decisions made by political, business, and military leaders. Emphasis is placed on connections between events of the past and present.

Segment One

Module 01 - Reconstruction

  • Causes and consequences of the Civil War
  • Reconstruction policies
  • Effects of Reconstruction
  • Westward expansion
  • U.S. government efforts to assimilate American Indians
  • American Indian resistance to westward expansion and assimilation

Module 02 - Industrial Revolution

  • Social, political, and economic changes that resulted from the Second Industrial Revolution
  • Populism
  • Economic ideologies
  • Political machines
  • Push and pull factors of immigration
  • Social Gospel and Progressive reforms

Module 03 - Enter the World Stage

  • U.S. foreign policies of isolation, intervention, and imperialism
  • U.S. territorial expansion
  • Causes and effects of Spanish-American War
  • Panama Canal
  • Causes and effects of World War I
  • Controversies surrounding the Treaty of Versailles

Module 04 - Between the Wars

  • The Red Scare
  • Post WWI economic trends in the United States
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • Post WWI civil rights issues
  • The Great Depression
  • New Deal policies and programs

Segment Two

Module 05 - World War II

  • Causes and consequences of World War II
  • The Holocaust
  • Social, political, and economic changes experienced by Americans on the homefront during World War II

Module 06 - Post WWII, Cold War, Korea, and Vietnam

  • Nuremburg Trials
  • Creation of the United Nations
  • Post-World War II prosperity
  • Cold War
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • McCarthyism and Red Scare
  • Watergate

Module 07 - Civil Rights Movement

  • Great Society policies and programs
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Movements for women and minority rights
  • Supreme Court cases related to civil rights and liberties

Module 08 - The Modern Era

  • Economic, political, and social concerns of the 1970s – 2000s
  • U.S. foreign policies between the U.S., Latin America, and the Middle East
  • Changes immigration policy and attitudes.
  • Globalization and trade organizations
  • Terrorism