U.S. History: Reconstruction to Present considers the major individuals and events that have influenced the character and direction of the United States since the Civil War.
The first semester covers a period from the era of compromises (about 1850) to the end of the Korean War one hundred years later. In this semester, students will learn about how America survived civil war to become an industrial giant and a world power.
The second semester takes students from the turbulent 1960s to the present. Students encounter America’s struggle to achieve equality for minorities and women. They will also observe how technology and international competition increase the complexity and pace of life for the average citizen.
This course is designed to help students arrive at the following understandings:
· American history is the story of the interaction between people, the environment, and ideas that formed America.
· America’s character is a reflection of its diverse population.
· Choices made by people and nations impact and shape American history.
· America changes through times of conflict and cooperation.
· People have different views of America history depending on their perspective.