US History A – 1877-1940

US History A - 1877-1940

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Acellus U.S. History A - 1877-1940 is the first semester of a two-part series that delves into the history of the United States. Beginning with a review of the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. ideals, this course studies events of significant historical importance that occurred from the period of reconstruction and industrialization up to World War II.

Acellus U.S. History A - 1877-1920 is A-G Approved through the University of California and is taught by Acellus Instructor Todd Edmond.

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Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 - Ideas Behind a New Nation This course focuses on the importance and impact of early events in our American history, beginning with a focuses on the Age of Enlightenment, and the American Enlightenment.  Specifically, this unit focuses on the Colonies organizing, the Boston Tea Party, the Patriot's Declaration of Independence, he Old North Church, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Republicanism debate, the Continental Congress, nationalists, compromises, and the creation of a new government. Unit 2 - Federal versus State Authority This unit focuses on the Federalists versus Antifederalists, the Bill of Rights, the creation of the Constitution, the First Great Awakening, Hamilton versus Jefferson, the First Political Parties, President John Adams and his home, and the Jefferson Era. Unit 3 - The Death of Lincoln Thru Reconstruction In this unit, students learn about Civil War revivals, Appomattox and the setup for the recovery, Lincoln's death,, the plans for reconstruction after the civil war, carpetbaggers and scalawags, and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Unit 4 - The End of the Western Frontier This unit discusses The Homestead Act, the mishandling and relocation of the Native Americans, cowboys, how the railroads began to expand to the West, and the response of anger from the farmers. Unit 5 - A New Industrial Age In this unit students focus on the Industrial Revolution, American inventors at the turn of the century, industrial tycoons, and the Robber Barons and Trusts.  They also study jobs for immigrants and women, the prominent role the railroads began to take, why unions were first established, and the first unions.  In addition, they explore labor strikes and the labor unions of today. Unit 6 - The Immigration Boom In this unit, students will learn about why people immigrated to America, Ellis and Angel Islands and the immigration process, religious tolerance, religious pluralism in the US, the culture shock that took place, city life, the impact of urbanization, and political machines. Unit 7 -  The Progressive Era This unit focuses on improvements in living, the increase in leisure time and entertainment, Teddy Roosevelt and his big stick, muckrakers and Upton Sinclair,  and Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson in the 1912 elections.  Students also investigate Taft’s "Dollar Diplomacy," Wilson’s Moral Diplomacy, and progressive reform. Unit 8 - America Turns Imperialistic (Spanish American War) This unit discusses why America wanted to expand, how America acquired Hawaii, the start of the Spanish American War, the defeat of Spain, and the Treaty of Paris.  Students also study the anger in Cuba and the Philippines, the Open Door Policy, the Boxer Rebellion, the Panama Canal, and how the U.S. “backed off” temporarily from its expansion, and the impact of imperialism. Unit 9 - The First World War This unit discusses the alliances that set up a war, the Shot Heard Round the World, the chain-reaction that started this war, and U.S. isolationism.  Students also explore the Lusitania/Zimmerman Note, how the United States got involved in the war, the home front during the war, the end of the war, the treaty of Versailles, and Wilson’s Fourteen Points. Unit 10 - The Roaring Life of the 1920s This unit focuses on the Warren Harding Era, civil liberties, nativism and  the “red scare”, the impact of the 19th amendment, the boom in industry, new fashion trends for women, education, the Calvin Coolidge Era, popular culture, and the emergence of radio and film.  Additionally, this unit delves into the Harlem Renaissance, prohibition, the Herbert Hoover Era, Al Capone and crime, and fundamentalism. Unit 11 - The Great Depression This unit discusses the factors that led to the Depression, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and the impact of the Depression on Main Street America.  Students also study Herbert Hoover and the government, Hoovervilles, the Bonus Army, the Dust Bowl, and refugees. Unit 12 - The New Deal In this unit students focus on FDR and the Brain Trust, congressional action, the first New Deal, the opposition to the New Deal, Darwinism versus the social gospel, the second New Deal, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the importance of World War II.
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