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U.S. History

The Third Year course in U.S. History begins with European colonialism in the Americas and the interactions and impacts of English colonialism on indigenous communities. Students continue to investigate the creation of the United States through the revolution and adoption of the republican government with emphasis on the Confederation and Constitutional periods. The course transitions to the Antebellum Period and examines the political, social and economic forces that shape the country during the 1850s. Through this historical trajectory, students identify the causes, contexts, and outcomes of the Civil War through an inclusive lens that integrates the underrepresented narratives as crucial to understanding the formation of our nation-state. The final units cover the Reconstruction Era, the Gilded Age, and the conflicting tensions during these periods. Throughout this course, students will examine the influences and impacts of both known and underrepresented historical figures within U.S. History as well as the complexities of their motives and contexts in which they lived and worked.

Students will:

  • Recognize the influence of past events in relation to present and future developments through diverse narratives.
  • Use a variety of documents to interpret human movement and patterns of migration that create friction between communities and groups.
  • Develop research skills using print and electronic sources to create research bibliographies.
  • Distinguish between valid and fallacious arguments in historical interpretations by identifying bias and prejudice.
  • Evaluate debates among historians and alternative interpretations of the past through diverse narratives and sources.
  • Construct and test hypotheses by gathering and evaluating information from multiple primary and secondary sources for presentations and analytical and persuasive essays.
  • Practice oral and visual rhetoric through paragraph structure, short answer responses, and essay development.
  • Synthesize complex ideas in writing, discussion, and oral presentations to present balanced information with clarity, balance, conciseness, and thorough presentation skills.
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