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This course examines the major turning points in American history beginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of our constitution, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality. The course extends to the modern day. Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation. The California state standards provide both the framework and pace of this class. The curriculum and academic expectations will be differentiated to accommodate gifted and highly motivated students.


Ch.1 – Early America
Ch.2 – The Colonial Period
Ch.3 – Road to Independence
Ch.4 – National Government
Ch.5 – Westward Expansion
Ch.6 – Sectional Conflict
Ch.7 – Growth and Transformation
Ch.8 – Discontent and Reform
Ch.9 – War, Prosperity & Depression
Ch.10 – The New Deal and World War
Ch.11 – Post War America
Ch.12 – Decades of Change
Ch.13 – Towards the 21st Century
Ch.14 – Final Exam