Indiana Academic Standards Resource Guide United States History 1877 to the Present Standards Approved March 2014

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Indiana Academic Standards Resource Guide

United States History

1877 to the Present

Standards Approved March 2014

Indiana Department of Education

College and Career Readiness

Table of Contents
Appendix A: Teacher Resource Guide ……………………………………………………………... 3-33

Standard 1: Early National Development – 1775 to 1877 ……………………………... 4-6

Standard 2: Development of the Industrial United States – 1870 to 1900 ……………… 7-10

Standard 3: Emergence of the Modern Era – 1897 to 1920 …………………................ 11-15

Standard 4: Modern United States Prosperity and Depression – Post WWI to 1939…... 15-18

Standard 5: The United States and World War II – 1939 to 1945 ……………………..... 19-21

Standard 6: Postwar United States – 1945 to 1960 ……………………………………. 22-24

Standard 7: The United States in Troubled Times – 1960 to 1980 …………………… 25-29

Standard 8: The Contemporary United States – 1980 to the Present …………………. 29-32

Standard 9: Historical Thinking ……………………………………………………………. 33

Appendix B: Resources from the Indiana Historical Society ……………………………………. 34-42

Appendix C: Resources from the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites ………………………. 43-51

Appendix D: Guide to Indiana Historic Sites ………………………………………………………… 52-74

Appendix E: Depth of Knowledge Chart …………………………………………………………… 75


Date of last update: February 2015

This Teacher Resource Guide has been developed to provide supporting materials to help educators successfully implement the social studies standards. These resources are provided to help you in your work to ensure all students meet the rigorous learning expectations set by the Academic Standards. Use of these resources is optional – teachers should decide which resource will work best in their school for their students.
This resource document will be continually updated. Please send any suggested links and report broken links to:

Bruce Blomberg

Social Studies Specialist

Indiana Department of Education

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READING LIKE A HISTORIAN (free registration)

GILDER LEHRMAN Institute of American History (free registration)

Historical Thinking Matters

John Green US History Crash Course Videos (Nice short videos to either wrap up or kick off a unit of study)

PBS: American Experience (A number of videos are available for online viewing)

America: The Story of US (Teacher’s guide for the series)

Thomas Nast Cartoons


National Archives – Teaching With Documents

The Smithsonian: Resources for Teaching American History


American History Outlines, Charts, Etc

Have Fun With History

Educational Resource

American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches

Standard 1: Early National Development: 1775 to 1877

Students review and summarize key ideas, events, and developments from the Founding Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction from 1775 to 1877.

Primary Source Documents

100 Milestone Documents

Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820’s)

Expansion and Reform (1801-1868)

Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)

USH.1.1 Read key documents from the Founding Era and analyze major ideas about government, individual rights and the

general welfare embedded in these documents. (Government)


The Declaration of Independence: An Analytical View

Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence (ConSource)

The Declaration and Natural Rights

Northwest Ordinance (1787)

U.S. Constitution (1787)

Federalist Paper 10 (1787)

Federalist Paper 51 (1788)

Bill of Rights (1791)

Bill of Rights Infographic

Washington’s Farewell Address (1796)

Gilder Lehrman: Washington’s Farewell Address (free registration)

The Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)

Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address (1801)

Marbury v. Madison (1803)

McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)

Indiana Constitution (1816)

Indiana Constitution (1851)

USH.1.2 Summarize major themes in the early history of the United States such as federalism, sectionalism, nationalism, and

states’ rights. (Economics, Government)

Key Terms/Topics




States’ Rights



Liberty vs. Order


iCivics: Federalism (free registration)

Federalism: U.S. v. the States

Nationalism and Sectionalism (short video)

USH.1.3 Identify and tell the significance of controversies pertaining to slavery, abolitionism, and social reform movements.

(Government, Economics)

Key Terms/Topics

Nat Turner Rebellion

Compromise of 1820

Compromise of 1850

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Dred Scott Decision

John Brown’s Raid

Great Awakening

Temperance Movement

Women’s Rights

Horace Mann -- Education Reform


The Second Great Awakening and the Age of Reform Articles

Edsitement Lesson: Slave Narratives

Nat Turner rebellion

Compromise of 1820

Abolitionism in Indiana

Levi Coffin (Indiana)

Compromise of 1850

Kansas-Nebraska Act

EDSITEment Lesson: The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854: Popular Sovereignty and the Political Polarization over Slavery

Teach US Lesson Plan Kansas-Nebraska Act

Dred Scott v. Sanford (1856)

Teach US Lesson Plan Dred Scott

John Brown’s Raid

Temperance movement (Indiana)

Temperance Reform in the Early 19th Century

Women’s Rights Movement

USH. 1.4 Describe causes and lasting effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction as well as the political controversies

surrounding this time such as Andrew Johnson’s impeachment, the Black Codes, and the Compromise of 1877.

(Government, Economics)

Key Terms/Topics


  • Economic and Social differences between the North and the South

  • States versus Federal rights

  • The fight between Slave and Non-Slave State proponents

  • Growth of abolition movement

  • Election of Lincoln

Lasting Effects

Civil War Amendments (13,14,15)

Lincoln’s Reconstruction Plan

Johnson’s Reconstruction Plan

Congressional Reconstruction Plan

Political Controversies

  • Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

  • Black Codes

  • Jim Crow laws

  • Election of Rutherford B. Hayes as President

  • Compromise of 1877


Civil War Primary Documents

Causes of the Civil War

Reconstruction Plans: Lincoln’s Plan, Johnson’s Plan, Congressional Plan

Digital History: Overview of Reconstruction

Edsitement: the Battle Over Reconstruction: The Aftermath of War

Edsitement: the Battle Over Reconstruction: The Politics of Reconstruction

Edsitement: the Battle Over Reconstruction: The Aftermath of Reconstruction

13th Amendment 14th Amendment 15th Amendment

The Thirteenth Amendment & the Abolition of Slavery

Effects of Reconstruction Timeline (National Humanities Center)

Emancipation Movements (National Humanities Center)

How successful was reconstruction in dealing with the economic and social problems of freedmen?

To what extent did Reconstruction create political equality for freedmen?

What happened to freedmen after reconstruction came to an end?

How was legalized segregation created in the south?

After Reconstruction: Problems of African Americans in the South (Library of Congress)

Johnson’s impeachment

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

Black Codes (Short Video)

Reconstruction – Black Codes (You Tube Video)

The Compromise of 1877

Hayes vs Tilden political cartoon

Rutherford B. Hayes Election

The Election Riot of 1876

Standard 2: Development of the Industrial United States: 1870 to 1900

Students examine the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States during the period from 1870 to 1900.

Primary Source Documents

National Archives: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)

Library of Congress: Development of the Industrial United States (1876-1915)

America’s Industrial Revolution

American History Resource Center – 1879-1990
USH.2.1 Describe the economic developments that transformed the United States into a major industrial power and the factors

necessary for industrialization. (Economics)


Industrial Revolution

Growth of railroads

Transcontinental Railroads: Compressing Time and Space Gilder Lehrman article-free registration

Binding the Nation by Rail


Inventors and Inventions from 1851-1900

Inventions from 1870-1900 Timeline and text view

Development of big business

The Black Inventor Online Museum

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences

Robber Barons such as:

Robber Barons or Captains of Industry? (Article)

Captains of Industry or Robber Barrons Lesson

John D. Rockefeller

Digital History: Business Regulation Case Study: Standard Oil

Andrew Carnegie

Wealth and Weightlessness

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Edsitement: The Industrial Age in America: Robber Barons and Captains of Industry

Edsitement: The Industrial Age in America: Sweatshops, Steel Mills, and Factories

USH.2.2 Explain key ideas, movements, and inventions and summarize their impact on rural and urban communities

throughout the United States. (Economics, Sociology)


DocsTeach: Assimilation of American Indians

Inventions from 1870-1900

Zoom Inventors and Inventions

Henry Grady’s New South

PBS: Who Made America Timeline

African American Identify in the Gilded Age (Library of Congress)
Growth of political machine politics (Boss Tweed)

Gilded Age – Political Cartoon Analysis

Political Cartoons of Political Machines

The Farmers Revolt

William Jennings Bryan

Reading Like a Historian: Populism and the Election of 1896 (free registration)

Grange Movement (Oliver Kelley)

National People’s Party Platform

USH.2.2 continued on next page

Agricultural Innovations

George Washington Carver

John Deere

Cyrus McCormick

Joseph F. Glidden

refrigerated box car (Andrew Chase)

the elevator (Elisha Otis)

the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell)

contributions of Thomas Edison

George Westinghouse
Indiana: discovery of the Trenton Gas Field, development of gas boom cities/towns in East Central Indiana
USH 2.3 Analyze the factors associated with the development of the West and how these factors affected the lives of those

who settled there. (Government, Economics, Individuals, Society, and Culture)

Key Terms/Topics

Technological advances, including the transcontinental railroad

Possibility of wealth created by discovery of gold and silver


New beginning

Opportunities for land ownership (Homestead Act)


Docs TEACH: Reasons for Westward Expansion

PBS: New Perspectives on THE WEST

The Homestead Act

Homestead Act

Turner Thesis

The Significance of the Frontier in American History

The Closing of the Frontier

USH.2.4 Explain how the lives of American Indians changed with the development of the West. (Government, Individuals,

Society, and Culture)

Key Terms/Topics

Opposition by American Indians to westward expansion (Battle of Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull, Geronimo)

Forced relocation from native lands to reservations

Reduced population through warfare and disease

Assimilation attempts

Destruction of buffalo

Broken treaties

Reading Like a Historian: Battle of Little Big Horn (free registration)

Were the policies and actions towards Native Americans justified?

To what extent were US policies towards the Native Americans justified?

Indian Removal and the Politics of Westward Expansion

Natives of North America

USH.2.5 Summarize the impact industrialization and immigration had on social movements of the era including the

contributions specific individuals and groups. (Economics, Geography, Individuals, Society, and Culture)

Key Terms/Topics

Social Darwinism – Herbert Spencer

Gospel of Wealth – Andrew Carnegie

Hull House – Jane Addams

Jacob Riis

Child labor

Chinese Exclusion Act

The Tweed Ring (Boss Tweed)

Immigrant groups

they provided cheap labor


Herbert Spencer: Social Darwinism

Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth recording

Andrew Carnegie: The Gospel of Wealth

Gospel of Wealth -

Jane Addams (Hull House)

The Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements by Jane Addams

Jacob Riis Video

Jacob Riis (YouTube)
Reading Like a Historian: Chinese Immigration and Exclusion (free registration)

Chinese Exclusion Act (explanation and Primary Sources)

Vaudeville Acts

William (Boss) Tweed and Thomas Nast

Responses to Industrialization

USH.2.6 Describe the growth of unions and the labor movement and evaluate various approaches and methods used by

different labor leaders and organizations. (Government, Economics)

Key Terms/Topics

Homestead Strike

Pullman Strike

Haymarket Riot

Knights of Labor

American Federation of Labor

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire


Major Events in Labor History

The Labor Union Movement in America

Explain the formation and goals of unions as well as the rise of radical political parties during the Industrial Era

Labor Unions in a Industrializing U.S.

Reading Like a Historian: Homestead Strike (free registration)

PBS: The Homestead Strike

History Channel: Homestead Steel Strike

Pullman Strike (1894)

Gilder Lehrman: The Haymarket Riot (free registration)

Samuel Gompers

Eugene Debs

Terence V. Powderly, The Knights of Labor, 1889

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

USH.2.7 Describe and assess the contribution of Indiana’s only president, Benjamin Harrison, to national policies on

environmental protection, business regulation, immigration, and civil rights.

Key Terms/Topics

New states in the Union (North & South Dakota, Montana, Washington)

Forest Reserve Act (National Parks: Yosemite, Sequoia, Grant)

Sherman Antitrust Act (business)

Ellis Island opened (Immigration)

The Lodge Bill—a.k.a. Federal Election Bill (civil rights)


Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

American President: Benjamin Harrison

Federal Election Bill Cartoon & Explanation

Benjamin Harrison Domestic

Papers of Benjamin Harrison

USH.2.8 Evaluate the effectiveness of government attempts to regulate business (Interstate and Commerce Act-1887, Sherman Anti-Trust Act 1890). (Government, Economics)

Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1890) Text

The Sherman Anti-Trust Act

Should the Government Regulate Business? Debate

Interstate Commerce Act

USH.2.9 Analyze the development of “separate but equal” policies culminating in the Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) case.

(Government; Individuals, Society, and Culture)


Civil Rights Acts

Jim Crow laws

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (PBS)

Creation of KKK
Plessy v. Ferguson

Abridged version

iCivics: Plessy v. Ferguson (free registration) Plessy v. Ferguson

From Jim Crow to Linda Brown (Library of Congress)

The Supreme Court and Civil Rights

Standard 3: Emergence of the Modern United States: 1897 to 1920

Students examine the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States during the period from 1897 to 1920.

Primary Sources Documents

The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Early 1900s U.S. Foreign Policy

American History Resource Center-1890-1914

American History Resource Center-1914-1920
USH.3.1 Describe the events and people central to the transformation of the United States developing into a world power.

(Government, Geography)

Key Terms/ Topics


Spanish-American War

Acquisition of

Open Door Policy

Roosevelt Corollary

Dollar Diplomacy


Spanish-American War

Spanish-American War (1898)

Edsitement: The Spanish-American War

Reading Like a Historian: American Imperialism (free registration)

The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War

Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War


Annexation of Hawaii (1898)

Teaching With Documents: The 1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii
Open Door Policy

Open Door Policy (1899)

Edsitement: Imperialism and the Open Door

Treaty of Portsmouth

Intervention in Central America

Imperialism in Central America

The Roosevelt Corollary

Gilder Lehrman: The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (free registration)

Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine

building the Panama Canal (1903-1914)

Dollar Diplomacy

World War I (1914-1918)

See USH.3.6

William McKinley

John Hay

William Randolph Hearst/Joseph Pulitzer

Presidential Diplomacy

Theodore Roosevelt (Big Stick Diplomacy)

William H. Taft (Dollar Diplomacy)

Woodrow Wilson (Moral Diplomacy)

Alfred Thayer Mahan

John J. Pershing

Eddie Richenbacker

USH.3.2 Explain the origins, goals, achievements, and limitations of the Progressive Movement in addressing political,

economic, and social reform. (Government; Economics; Individuals, Society, and Culture)

Key Terms/Topics


Party primaries

Decline of machine politics

Women get right to vote


Conservation of land and water

Regulation of business

Lower tariffs

Reformed banking system

Federal income tax


Child Labor

Upton Sinclair – The Jungle

Library of Congress: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900 - 1929

Best of History Websites: Progressive Era

Gilder Lehrman: Reform Movements of the Progressive Era (Free Registration)

Primary Sources: Progressive Era

Progressive Era Politics Timeline

The 1911 Triangle Factory Fire


Extending Suffrage to Women


Progressive Perspectives

The Jungle

Child Labor in America

Black Women Clubbing for Healthcare Reform

USH.3.3 Compare and contrast the Progressive reforms of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson.

(Government; Economics; Individuals, Society, and Culture)

Key Terms/Topics

Square Deal

Anthracite Coal Strike


Railroad regulation

Elkins Act

Hepburn Act

Meatpacking and Food industry

Pure Food and Drug Act

Meat Inspection Act


Newlands Reclamation Act

Forest Reserve Act

National Conservation Commission

Mann-Elkins Act

16th Amendment

New Freedom

Underwood Tariff

Federal Reserve Act

Clayton Antitrust Act

Federal Trade Commission

17th Amendment

19th Amendment


Theodore Roosevelt primary sources

William Howard Taft primary sources

Woodrow Wilson primary sources

Progressive Party Platform of 1912

Teaching With Documents: Political Cartoons Illustrating Progressivism and the Election of 1912
Theodore Roosevelt

To what extend did TR provide a “Square Deal” for the American people? Anthracite Coal Strike

T. Roosevelt and the Trusts Gilder Lehrman (free registration)

Northern Securities case

Progressive Reform and Trusts

Federal Power: Theodore Roosevelt

Woodrow Wilson

To what extent did W. Wilson provide a “New Freedom” for the American people?

History of the Federal Reserve

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