Reconstruction to Clinton: 1865-1992 (American History 1)

This course provides a broad overview of U.S. History, from 
Reconstruction of the South after the Civil War through the 1992 presidential election.  West Monona's American History students will study the major turning points in American history during the following eras:    

1.  An Industrial Nation (1865-1900):  Reconstruction; Settling of the American West; The Second Industrial Revolution; & Immigration.  These are the major topics of discussion during the 1st quarter.

2.  Becoming A World Power (1900-1920):  The Progressive Era; The Spanish-American War; the Banana Wars; & World War I. These are the major topics of discussion during the 2nd quarter.  

3.  A Modern Nation (1920-1939):  The Roaring 20s; The Great Depression; & The New Deal.  These are the major topics of discussion during both the 2nd & 3rd quarters.  

4.  A Champion of Democracy (1939-1960):  The Rise of Dictators; World War II in the Pacific; World War II in Europe; the start of the Cold War; & 1950s Postwar America.  These are the major topics of discussion during the 3rd quarter.  

5.  A Nation Facing Challenges (1954-1975):  
The New Frontier; Kennedy Assassination; Great Society; Civil Rights Movement; Vietnam War; Counterculture; Female Rights Movement; Hispanic Movement & American Indian Movement.  These are the major topics of discussion during the both the 3rd & 4th quarters.     

6.  Looking Toward the Future (1968-1992):  President Nixon & Watergate; Ford, Carter & the 70s; & the Conservative 80s with Reagan & Bush.  The Persian Gulf War, and the election of 1992.  These are the major topics of discussion during the 4th quarter.  

Finding PatternsThroughout all six eras, West Monona students will search for cyclical patterns, so they can apply knowledge of those patterns to the solving of contemporary problems.  Spartan students will search for patterns in the following areas:
      • American Diversity-  The diversity of the American people and the relationships among different groups .The roles of race, class, ethnicity, and gender in the history of the United States.
      • American Identity- Views of the American national character and ideas about American exceptionalism .  Recognizing regional differences within the context of what it means to be an American. 
      • CultureDiverse individual and collective expressions through literature, art, philosophy, music, theater, and film throughout U.S. history. Popular culture and the dimensions of cultural conflict within American society.
      • Demographic ChangesChanges in birth, marriage, and death rates; life expectancy and family patterns; population size and density . The economic, social, and political effects of immigration, internal migration, and migration networks .
      • Economic TransformationsChanges in trade, commerce, and technology across time. The effects of capitalist development, labor and unions, and consumerism.
      • EnvironmentIdeas about the consumption and conservation of natural resources. The impact of population growth, industrialization, pollution, and urban and suburban expansion. 
      • GlobalizationEngagement with the rest of the world from the fifteenth century to the present: colonialism, mercantilism, global hegemony, development of markets, imperialism, and cultural exchange.
      • Politics and CitizenshipAmerican political traditions, American government, growth of democracy, and the development of the modern state . Defining citizenship, and the role of the American citizen; struggles for civil rights.
      • ReformDiverse movements focusing on a broad range of issues, including anti-slavery, education, labor, temperance, women’s rights, civil rights, war, public health, and government.
      • Religion- The variety of religious beliefs and practices in America, and their influence on American politics, economics, and society.
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