America, although one of the youngest nations in the world, has a rich cultural history that has turned it into the most culturally, politically, and economically progressive and influential nation in the world.  Homeschool students will study American history from the colonization through modern times.  We will study previous historical events that continue to shape today's policy decisions and cultural landscape.  Homeschoolers will spend the latter half of the year composing a research paper and studying various presidential administrations and the idiosyncrasies of their foreign and domestic policy. 

Course Outline:

  1: Exploration and Colonization (1450-1750)

  2: The American Revolution (1745-1783)

  3: Building a New Government (1776-1825)

  4: Growth and Expansion (1824-1860)

  5: Slavery Divides a Nation (1820-1861)

  6: The Civil War (1861-1865)

  7: Mending a Wounded Country (1863-1896)

  8: Research Paper

  9: Research Paper

10: The Rise of Industry and Urban Culture (1865-1914)

11: The Progressive Era and Foreign Policy (1876-1916)

12: World War I (1914-1919)

13: World War I (1914-1919)

14: Postwar Change in the Roarin' 20's (1920-1929)

15: From Bad to Worse (1929-1933)

16: The New Deal (1933-1941)

17: First Semester Review and Exam

18: World War II (1941-1945)

19: World War II (1941-1945)

20: The Cold War Begins (1945-1953)

21: Culture of the Rockin' 50's (1945-1960)

22: Environmentalism and Civil Rights (1950-1968)

23: Vietnam (1954-1975)

24: Kennedy and Johnson (1961-1969)

25: Life Under NIxon (1969-1974)

26: Research Paper

27: Research Paper

28: Ford and Carter, and the Conservative Era (1974-1988)

29: The Cold War Ends (1953-1960)

30: The Bush Administration (1988-1992)

31: Life Under Clinton (1992-2000)

32: The New Milennium (2000-2005)

33: What Lies Ahead (2005 and Beyond)

34: Second Semester Review an Exam

35: Final Project

36: Final Project

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