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U.S. History To 1865

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This course recounts the story of the United States by looking at the experiences of the many diverse races and nationalities. When woven together, these diverse races and nationalities have created this country. Students will learn to appreciate the contributions of various peoples which have made contributions to the American culture. Particular emphasis will be placed on America's colonial origins, the American Revolution and the creation of a republican government under the Constitution. Emphasis is also placed on westward expansion, section divisions over slavery and causes/consequences of the Civil War.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Slavery and the Civil War

    • Describe the new roles that women and blacks developed over the course of the war.
    • Explain how the expansion of slavery into the western territories and states heightened the political division between the North and South.
    • Explain why Lincoln’s stand on slavery and his election led to the secession of the southern states.
    • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy, as well as how they affected the outcome of the war.
    • Describe the effects of the prolonged war on the economies and the people in the North and the South.

    The New World and Early British Settlements

    • Describe the religious and political structure of major Native American tribes in North America prior to the European discovery.
    • Analyze the struggle for dominance and the new balance of power between Europeans and Native Americans.
    • Describe how early practices of indentured servitude and slavery in the British colonies led to hereditary slavery based on race.
    • Compare the economics, governance, and religion between the British colonies: New England, the Chesapeake, and the South.

    Colonial America, Enlightenment, and Revolution

    • Summarize the contests for empire between Britain, other European countries, and Native American tribes.
    • Describe the political and social events that led to revolution in the American colonies.
    • Describe the ideologies that influenced the intellectual mindset of pre-revolutionary America.
    • Analyze how the Declaration of Independence embodied the founding philosophies of the United States of America.
    • Explain how the colonists were able to succeed in their efforts for independence from Britain.

    The Constitution, The Early Republic, and Growing Divisions

    • Analyze the arguments in favor of and in opposition to a strong federal government in the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
    • Explain why the founders felt it was essential to guarantee the Bill of Rights as amendments to the U.S. Constitution immediately upon ratification.
    • Describe how Andrew Jackson shaped the new republic and established precedents for future generations.
    • Starting with the War of 1812, explain how nationalism, industrialization, and expansionism led to political divisions and economic difficulties.

    Awakening, Abolitionists, and Expansion

    • Explain the influence the Second Great Awakening had on culture and politics in the first half of the 19th century.
    • Analyze the rise of the abolitionist movement and its effect on the women’s rights movement.
    • Describe the westward movement and what economic and political effects that migration had on the United States.
    • Describe the lives of African slaves and their importance to the southern economy.
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