US - outline

  • Reading
  • Historical terms
  • Historical sources

1. regions and growth? (3 weeks)
  • basic facts about the US
    • Created a country from scratch and wrote the Constitution
    • Puritanism: they had a vision
    • three
  • birth of nation
    • Declaration of Independence
    • Constitution
    • Waves of migration
  • Growth: regional differences (PPT)
    • Population
      • Ethnic mix
    • Land
    • Industry (value increased 8X, 1815-60)
      • Which industries, where
      • Changing ag/ind balance (Takaki, 225)
    • Importance of transportation
  • Regional tensions

textbook: United States Doubles in Size; United States Grows Larger in Size; The Southern States Leave
reading: Erie Canal (Harness)
project: groups doing regions - create a physical map showing rivers, mountains, and states.
- Choose a technology that help the region grow: cotton gin, McCormick reaper & praire schooner, railroad & telegraph

2. Civil War and its consequences
  • Why was the CW America's most important war?
    • costs
    • consequences
    • memories
  • Causes
    • Conflict slavery (morals) - right/wrong
    • Conflict over spread of slavery (politics) - who would be stronger
    • Constitutional conflict (how should government be organized) - how strong should Washington be?
    • Secession
  • North and South: Strengths and weaknesses
  • Leaders and strategies
  • Key battles

textbook: Civil War chapter
project: looking at photos (; what a battle was like (leadership, experience, weapons, deaths); in a pair, chose a battle and learn about it through photos (antietam, gettysburg, fredericksburg, vicksburg)

  • Bringing the South back into the Union
    • Amendments
    • Meeting the needs of former slaves
    • Southern culture
    • Southern responses: sharecropping and the KKK

reading: KKK; Rec chapter
theme: continuity despite change

3. Industry and its impact on America
  • What is industry
  • What makes it possible
    • resources
    • labor
    • transportation and communication
    • banking system
    • entrepreneurs
  • Four major industries
  • Role of agriculture
  • Labor: Child labor in the mines

reading: Kids in the Coal Mines; Kids on Strike
theme: America as industrial power; continual change
project: LOC primary source kit

4. Immigration in the late 1880s
  • Waves of migration in American history
  • Migration after 1880: characteristics
  • Immigrant life: Triangle Fire

reading: Immigrant Kids; Otto Peltonen; Pearl Buck, Discovering America
theme: importance of migration in US history; Irish/Chinese/Japanese/Poles/Jews
project: choose a group, why did they come to this country, where did they live, what did they live; why were they mistreated

5. America's rise to world power (from 1898 to 1918)
  • America's power: economic, political culture
  • Europe's empires
  • America's empire (video)
  • America in World War I
  • Consequences of WW1

theme: America as a world power

6. The 1920s
  • America's political and economic leadership in the world
  • American culture
  • Great Migration (South to North)
  • African-American culture: Blues, Jazz, Poetry

reading: National Geographic - Moving north; music project
theme: African Americans as part of American life

7 Great Depression and FDR
  • Causes of Great Depression
  • Responses to Great Depression
    • Hitler and Stalin
    • Roosevelt and the New Deal
    • Life during the Great Depression: Dust Bowl

reading: Children of the Dust Bowl
project: multimedia presentation

8. World War II
  • Causes
  • Sequence of events
  • Characteristics of the War
  • America's role
    • Leadership of war effort
    • Resources
    • Propaganda
    • Role of key individuals (Audie Murphy, Oppenheimer, etc.)
theme: America as a world power

9. Cold War and domestic change
  • America's role in the cold war: Values vs. power
  • The cold war heats up
  • Abroad: Vietnam vets project
  • At home: From the Civil War to Civil Rights
  • Big issues
    • American values and American power
    • America as global player: boss or team player?


Beyond the textbook (GMU)