Honors American History II Syllabus

HONORS AMERICAN HISTORY II 

UNIT ONE:  THE EMERGENCE OF THE U.S. AS A WORLD POWER   1890-1914

Major Concepts:

  • Global and military competition
  • Increased demands for resources and markets
  • Closing of the  Frontier
  • Exploitation of nations, peoples, and resources
  • Causes and conduct of the Spanish American War
  • U.S. interventions in Hawaii, Latin America, Caribbean, Asia/Pacific
  • Intervention vs. Isolationism
  • Support for and opposition to U.S. economic intervention
  • Perception of the U.S. as a world power

Readings:

  • Textbook:  The Americans  Chapter 18
  • Primary Sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Political Cartoons
  • Map:  U.S. Acquisitions Around the World
  • Map:  Foreign Powers in China
  • Unit Test

 

 

UNIT TWO:  LIFE AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY AND THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT  1890-1914 

Major Concepts:

  • Corruption and ineffectiveness of government
  • Immigration and urban poor Working conditions
  • Emergence of social gospel
  • Unequal distribution of wealth
  • The roles of the Progressive presidents:  Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson
  • The growing power of the electorate
  • The changing roles and influence of women
  • The impact of political and economic changes on the working class
  • The changing nature of state and local governments
  • Disenfranchisement
  • African-American responses to Jim Crow
  • Segregated Society
  • Industrial innovations
  • Emergence of advertising and consumerism

Readings:

  • Textbook:  The Americans Chapters 16 and 17
  • Primary sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Paper:  Compare and contrast the lives and philosophies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois
  • Create an Advertisement
  • Chart:  The Progressive Presidents
  • Unit Test

 

UNIT THREE:  THE GREAT WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH  1914-1930 

Major Concepts:

  • Causes of WWI in Europe
  • Use of and effects of propaganda
  • U.S. anti-war sentiment
  • Reasons for U.S. entry into the Great War
  • The importance of U.S. involvement in WWI
  • Modernization of warfare
  • The changing nature of U.S. foreign policy
  • Key factors in the Allies’ success
  • Failure of the U.S. to ratify the Treaty of Versailles
  • Adjustment from a wartime to a peacetime economy
  • Government bureaucracy in the U.S.
  • Anti-immigration sentiment and the first Red Scare
  • Restrictions on civil liberties during wartime
  • Political changes in Europe and the near East
  • Impact of isolationism on American foreign policy

Readings:

  • Textbook:  The Americans Chapters 19 and 20
  • Primary sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Create a propaganda poster
  • Maps:  Europe before and after WWI
  • Unit Test

 

 

UNIT FOUR:  PROSPERITY AND DEPRESSION  1919-1939

Major Concepts:

  • The impact of presidential policies on economic activity (Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Roosevelt)
  • Rise and/or decline of major industries in the U.S.
  • Factors leading to the stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression
  • Consumer spending habits and trends
  • Difficulties of farmers
  • Response to Prosperity:  the stock market crash, Dust bowl, Bonus Army march, and bank failures on various groups of the population
  • The impact of mass media
  • Public response to the Great Depression
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Leisure time and spectator sports
  • The “Back to Africa” movement and Pan-Africanism
  • The Fundamentalist vs. Freethinking movement
  • The changing role of women
  • Responses to the New Deal program
  • The Three R’s (Relief, Recovery, Reform)
  • Expansion of the role of the federal government

Readings:

  • Textbook: The Americans Chapters 21,22, and 23
  • Primary Sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Graph:  Automobile Production
  • Chart:  New Deal Reforms
  • Paper:  Trace FDR’s role in increasing the power of the federal government
  • Unit Test

 

UNIT FIVE:  WORLD WAR II 1930-1945

Major concepts:

  • Appeasement
  • Isolationism
  • Reparations
  • Totalitarian Governments
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Worldwide depression
  • The Holocaust
  • The United States at war
  • The influence of propaganda at home and abroad
  • Designs for peace
  • The Homefront
  • Suspension of Civil Liberties
  • Internment

Readings: 

  • Textbook: The Americans Chapters 24 and 25
  • Primary Sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Maps:  WWII in Europe and WWII in the Pacific
  • Questions for Midway
  • Unit Test

 

 

 

UNIT SIX:  POSTWAR AMERICA AND THE COLD WAR  1945-1960

Major Concepts:

  • Transition to Peacetime
  • Korean War
  • Effects of Cold War on America’s home life
  • Domino Theory and geopolitics
  • McCarthyism
  • Spread of Suburbia
  • Containment
  • McCarthyism
  • The Military Industrial Complex
  • The “Space Race”
  • The “Arms Race”
  • The “American Dream” in the “50’s
  • Postwar economic boom

    Readings:

  • Textbook:  The Americans Chapters 26 and 27
  • Primary Sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Graphic organizer:  The Marshall Plan
  • Unit Test

 

 

UNIT SEVEN:  TURMOIL IN AMERICAN SOCIETY 1954-1975

 

Chapter 28:  The New Frontier and the Great Society

Major Concepts:

  • Changes in the Presidency
  • Continuing Cold War (Bay of Pigs, Berlin Crisis, Cuban Missile Crisis)
  • Impact of assassination
  • Increasing social welfare
  • Liberal Supreme Court decisions under Earl Warren

Readings:

  • Textbook:  The Americans Chapter 28
  • Primary Sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Map:  Berlin Wall
  • Questions for film Thirteen Days
  • Chart:  Great Society programs
  • Chapter Test

 

Chapter 29:  The Civil Rights Movement  1954-1970

Major Concepts:

  • Segregation (dejure and defacto)
  • Changes in government attitude
  • Non-violent protest
  • Contributions of black youth
  • “Black Power”
  • Affirmative Action

Readings:

  • Textbook:  The Americans Chapter 29
  • Primary Sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Civil Rights Interview Project
  • Questions for documentary film Freedom Rides
  • Chapter Test

 

Chapter 30:  The Vietnam War 1954-1975

Major Concepts:

  • American involvement in Vietnam
  • Application of Domino Theory
  • Eisenhower Doctrine
  • Television War
  • Vietnamization
  • Vietnam War’s effect on American society

Readings: 

  • Textbook:  The Americans Chapter 30
  • Primary Sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Vietnam Map
  • Vietnam Timeline
  • Chapter test

 

UNIT EIGHT:  AN ERA OF SOCIAL CHANGE  1960-1980

Major Concepts:

  • Cultural movements (counter culture, feminism, Indian movement, Latino movement)
  • Changes in Cold War
  • Détente
  • Technological changes
  • Impact of Watergate scandal
  • Economics in the 1960’s and ‘70’s
  • Importance of oil
  • Carter as “Washington outsider”
  • Environmental activism

Readings:

  • Textbook:  The Americans Chapters 31 and 32
  • Primary Sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Unit Test

 

 

UNIT NINE:  THE RETURN OF CONSERVATIVISM AND CURRENT CHALLENGES  1980-PRESENT           

Major Concepts:

  • Collapse of Communism and end of Cold War
  • European Union
  • Globalization
  • Politics of Oil
  • Impact of technology on way of life
  • Growing cultural diversity in the U.S.
  • Population changes and new demographics
  • Rise of Religious and Political Radicalism
  • Impact of terrorist threats
  • Health Care
  • “Reaganomics”

Readings: 

  • Textbook:  The Americans  Chapters 33 and 34
  • Primary Sources

Major Assignments:

  • Vocabulary
  • Oral History Report
  • Unit Test

 

 

 

 

 

 

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