American History
Fall 2014


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Textbook: United States History:  Reconstruction to the Present by Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner et al., Pearson Prentice Hall, Boston:  2009.

Objective: The purpose of this course is to examine the history of the United States from 1877 to the present in so that students may appreciate their heritage, understand their world, and be prepared to be successful citizens as adults.


1.   Most classwork and homework assignments count as one grade each.

2.   Quizzes and notebook checks count as two grades each.

3.   Tests count as five grades each.

4.   The final exam will count as 25% of the term 2 grade.

Extra credit will not be assigned to improve a grade. 

Work is late if it is not ready to be handed in at the beginning of class (unless otherwise instructed).  Work missed due to unexcused absences is due the day students return to class; work missed due to excused absences

Students will keep a binder or folder with assignments for each section we cover.  Each section will consist of many chapters.  Notes from each day will count as part of the grade for the notebook.  If students miss the netes, they will need to get them from another student or the course web page or risk losing points on their notebook grade.

    1.  Be in assigned seat and read to work when the bell rings or you will be counted tardy.
    2.  Have class materials ready and personal put away when bell rings.
    3.  Only speak with permission.
    4.  Be respectful of others.
    5.  Turn in work on time.
    6.  Keep the room tidy.
    7.  Only leave the room with a hall pass.
    8.  Quid pro quo
9.  No cell phones or electronic devices.


2014 Fall Session


Notes are organizes by topic and unit.  Related chapters and sections in the textbook are in parenthesis.


In case of inclement weather, text dates may change.

Test 1:  The Growth of America (Chapters 1-5)

Early America (1)
Manifest Destiny (2)
The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
The Industrial Age (4.1)
The Robber Barons and the Captains of Industry (4.2)
The Labor Movement (4.3)
Immigration and Urbanization (5.1-5.2)
The Gilded Age (5.3)

Test 2:  The Age of Reform (Chapters 6-8)

The New South
(6.1, 7.1)
The Wild West (6.2-6.3)
The Populists (7.2-7.3)

The Progressives (8.1) *
The Women’s Movement (7.1, 8.2)
Segregation and Civil Rights (7.1, 8.3)
The Progressive Presidents (8.4-8.5)

Test 3:  America Becomes a World Power (Chapters 9-10)

Imperialism  (9.1-9.2)
The Big Stick (9.4)
The Philippine Insurrection and the Open Door (9.3)
The Great War (10.1)
America Prepares for War (10.1-10.2)

The American Expeditionary Force (10.3)
The Treaty of Versailles (10.3-10.4)

OCTOBER 3--Test 4:  The Great Depression and the New Deal (Chapters 11-13)

The Business of America

The Roaring Twenties and The Harlem Renaissance (11.4-11.5)
The Dark Side of the Twenties (10.4, 11.3)
Black Tuesday (12.1)
The Great Depression (12.2-12.3)
The New Deal (13.1-13.2)
The Welfare State (13.3-13.4)






OCTOBER 23--Test 5:  World War II (Chapters 14-15)

The Rise of Totalitarianism (14.1-14.2)
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy (14.1-14.3)
Turning the Tide (14.3-15.2)
The Allied Victory (15.3)
The Holocaust (15.4)
The Post-War World (15.5)

NOVEMBER 6--Test 6:  The Cold War (Chapters 16-17)

The Cold War (16.1)

The Korean War (16.2)
The Arms Race and the Red Scare (16.3-16.4)

The Baby Boom (17.1-17.2)
A Vast Wasteland (17.3-17.4)

NOVEMBER 25--Test 7:  Civil Rights and Vietnam (Chapters 18-21)


Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)

Black Power (18.2-18.3)

Passing the Torch to a New Generation (19.1-19.2)

The Great Society (19.3)

The Domino Theory (20.1-20.2)

The War in Vietnam (20.3-20.4)

The Counterculture (21.1)

Richard Nixon (20.5)

Feminism and Immigration (21.2-21.3)

DECEMBER 9--Test 8:  Late 20th Century and the New Millennium (Chapters 22-24)


Watergate (22.1)      

Ford and Carter (22.2-22.3)

The Reagan Revolution (23.1-23.2)

The End of the Cold War (23.3-23.4)

The End of the Cold War (23.3-23.4)

The New World Order and the War on Terror (24)


DEC 19    FINAL EXAMS 1st and 2nd Periods
DEC 20    FINAL EXAMS 3rd and 4th Periods





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