Building a Nation (Colonization – 1877) Colonization & Founding a New Nation (1600-1840)



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Building a Nation (Colonization – 1877)

Colonization & Founding a New Nation (1600-1840)

  • What were the reasons for colonization? Impact? Successes & failures of settlements in North America?

  • Religious development & religion’s significance in North America (religious settlements, Great Awakening)

  • Significant aspects of colonial society (religion, social structure, male/female roles, slavery, education)

  • Compare economic development of the various colonies. Impact of indentured servitude & African slavery.

  • Development of colonial governments

  • What events led up to the American Revolution? Key turning points of the war.

  • Purpose of the Constitutional Convention (limitations of power – Articles of Confederation); why is it considered a “bundle of compromises?”

  • How did Enlightened ideas influence the development of the American government & Declaration of Independence.

  • Course of political and territorial changes resulting from westward expansion up to 1840

  • Evaluate federal & state policies toward Indians 1800-1840

  • Evaluate & be able to explain positions on development of U.S. foreign policy during early 19th century (Embargo Act, Monroe Doctrine, etc.)


Antebellum America (1781-1860)

  • Impact of the First Industrial Revolution (Lowell System, immigration, technology advances, changes in transportation)

  • Major events that promoted sectional conflicts & strained national cohesiveness (slavery, states rights, Bleeding Kansas)

  • Identify significant religious, philosophical, or social reform movements & impact on society

  • Major characteristics of the abolitionist movement (achievements, failures, Southern opposition)

  • Analyze women’s rights, suffrage movement; women’s roles in other reform movements

  • Compare/Contrast economic, social & cultural differences between the North and South during this time period.


Civil War & Reconstruction (Ch 19-22)

  • Analyze the technological, social & strategic aspects of the Civil War for the Union & Confederacy

  • What was Lincoln’s philosophy of the Union? What effect did his leadership and executive actions affect the course of the war?

  • Basic provisions (what was each one about) & immediate impact of 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments

  • Most famous proposals for reconstruction? Official plan(s), any changes along the way. Evaluate their social, economic, & political impact on the South

  • Evaluate the immediate & long-term influences/effects of Reconstruction on African-Americans and U.S. society as a whole.


Rebuilding a Nation (Ch 23-29) (1877-1914)

Industrialization and Urbanization (Ch.23-26)

  • Impact of new inventions & technologies of the late 19th century

  • Evaluate influences on business and industry in late 19th & early 20th century

  • Identify labor/workforce issues of the late 19th century (including ownership’s perspective & Social Darwinism)

  • Challenges faced by & contributions of immigrants of the late 19th century

  • Causes and impact of urbanization in late 19th century

  • Compare/Contrast the experiences of African Americans in different regions of the country

  • Evaluate the influences on the development of the American West

  • Significant events for Native American tribes & their responses to those events in the late 19th century


Increasing Influence and Challenges (Ch 27-29)

  • What were the components and significant issues of the Populist movement & what was its impact?

  • What were the origins and accomplishments of the Progressive Movement?

  • Efforts to achieve female suffrage in early 20th century

  • Causes/Consequences of Spanish American War

  • Factors influencing US Imperialism & ensuing debate over imperialism

  • Evaluate positions on various U.S. foreign policies in late 19th & 20th centuries (isolationism, colonialism, Roosevelt Corollary to Monroe Doctrine, Dollar Diplomacy etc.)


Changes at Home and Abroad (1914-1942)

The United States in a Changing World (Ch 30-34)

  • Causes of & significant events of WWI, impact of those events; evaluate Treaty of Versailles

  • Evaluate scientific & technological innovations of the 1920s

  • Impact of new cultural movements on American society in 1920s (

  • Characteristics of social conflict and social change in the early 1920s (nativism, isolationism, etc.)

  • Economic factors leading to the stock market crash of 1929 & the Great Depression

    • Economic, environmental, & social impact of the Great Depression on American society

  • Evaluate the impact of the New Deal on various aspects of American society (social, political, environmental, economic)


America Since World War II (1942-Present)

* Truman (1944-53), Eisenhower (‘53-61) Kennedy (‘61-63) Johnson (‘63-69), Nixon (’69-74) Ford (’74-77) Carter (’77-81) Regan (’81-89) GHW Bush (’89-93) Clinton (’93-2001) Bush (’01-09) Obama (’09-Present)



WWII & the Cold War (Ch 34-42)

  • Circumstances abroad and at home before U.S. involvement in WWII

  • Significant military & political aspects of WWII

  • Analyze the aspects of the Holocaust and the Allies response to the Holocaust and war crimes

  • Social, political, & economic impacts of WWII on the home front.

  • Evaluate major scientific & technological developments in America during & after WWII

  • Analyze the social, cultural, & economic changes at the onset of the Cold War era

  • Origins of the Cold War, foreign policy developments, major foreign policy events in the administrations (Truman – Present)

  • Describe and evaluate the political & social impact of the Vietnam War


Changes at Home (1945-Present) (Ch 34-42)

  • Major domestic issues and responses from the administrations (Truman – Present)

  • Impact of innovations in technology, communication, & travel on American society (TV, computers, cell phones, internet, airline travel, interstate system, etc.)

  • Events & influential individuals of the Civil Rights Movement (W.E.B. Du Bois, MLK, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks) & Counter Culture movement (Jane Fonda, Timothy Leary, Hippies) & assess their impact

  • Evaluate the impact of the changes in the national economy on contemporary American society

  • Identify major contemporary social, environmental, & political issues (immigration, global warming, terrorism)

  • Assess increasing global interdependence, potential for conflict, & the U.S. role in world events in the present and future.


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