American History - Part 2 (Reconstruction Through Modern Era)
This course follows American History Part 1 and picks up after Reconstruction and traces American expansion to the world stage right up until today!
As with all of our courses you get:
- 12 Full Length Videos of Professor Larry Teaching!
- Learning Objectives
- Prescribed Lessons with maps, links, activities
- Teaching Guides for the parent or instructor
- Study Guides for the student
- Tests and Quizzes to reinforce learning
This course begins with the rise of a powerful United States as built through expansion across the continent, the excellence of American industry, and the ascent of the U.S. to the international stage in the Spanish-American War.
With the rise of the Progressives, America saw the implementation of the income tax and Prohibition, and entered World War I under Woodrow Wilson. The post-war era saw a booming economy, followed by the Great Crash and the Great Depression.
Government errors and poor policy turned a cyclical recession into the Great Depression, and Franklin Roosevelt’s administration had not substantially changed the economy for the better after eight years.
Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. reluctantly into World War II, whereupon American industrial might crushed the Axis powers and reshaped the world.
In the ensuing Cold War, the U.S. shouldered the burden of freedom for much of the world, while in the process losing its international economic dominance.
Through a combination of social policy, demography, and ideological subversion, the 1960s era was a time of unraveling, culminating in the “malaise” of the1970s.
Ronald Reagan rescued America from poor economic policy at home and the Soviet threat abroad, winning the Cold War.
The rise of Islamic terrorism, played down in the 1990s, returned with a vengeance on 9/11 leading to foreign interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, but at the cost of American prestige and treasure.
With the election of Barack Obama in 2008, many Americans hoped they had finally put racism to bed, but in fact social tensions got worse as the economy went into a tailspin and a financial crisis struck.
The sinking state of the American economy and the threat of illegal immigration led to the election of Donald Trump in 2016.
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Lesson 11 – The West - Lighting Out for the Territories (1861-1890)
The American West provided a laboratory for different dissident groups from Methodists to Mormons, to establish their own communities. Students will learn how the rich forests, minerals, wildlife and the semi-arid, untamed spaces gave these wild adventurers a place to seek fortune, fame and yes… freedom.
Lesson 12 – Sinews of Democracy (1876-1896)
American business growth skyrocketed in the late 1800’s. We became a world leader in many areas. Entrepreneurs flourished invent countless new product, and came up with world-changing management techniques. We were emerging as world leaders…This lesson covers the rise of America into a powerful industrial force through the administrations of Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison. Topics in this unit include the battle over spoils, (the Stalwarts and Half-breeds), the efforts to make cities safer through municipal water systems, the “Titans of Prosperity” (Carnegie, Rockefeller, Morgan) and such incidents as the Homestead Strike, the appearance of the Trust, and the Haymarket Riot. The lesson concludes with the presidency of Grover Cleveland and his determined stand against patronage and the spoils system.
Lesson 13 – Building Best, Building Greatly (1896-1912)
This lesson includes the McKinley administration, the Spanish-American War, the annexation of Hawaii, McKinley’s assassination, the rise of Theodore Roosevelt, trust busting and environmentalism, the presidency of William Howard Taft, and the Republican split in 1912.
Lesson 14 – War, Wilson, and Internationalism (1912-1920)
This lesson covers the rise of Woodrow Wilson and his Progressive agenda, including the creation of the income tax, the Federal Reserve system, and the adoption of Prohibition. America’s neutrality in the first three years of World War I is then followed by America’s entry into war, culminating with the Treaty of Versailles. Also covered is the rise of the USSR as a communist state.
TEST Lessons 11-14
Test understanding of lessons 11 - 14 using these questions. Remember that these tests are important for the learning process as they create opportunities to practice recall of information. This practice helps to make information stick!
Lesson 15 – Roaring Twenties and the Great Crash (1920-1932)
This lesson looks at the “Roaring Twenties, explaining the decade as one of real economic growth created in part by lower taxes and light regulation. The lesson includes the Harding and Coolidge administrations and the Washington Conference to limit warship building. Herbert Hoover’s administration, and the Great Crash conclude the section.
Lesson 16 – Enlarging the Pubic Sector (1932-1940)
This lesson looks at the Great Depression and the rise of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal. The traditional explanations for the causes of the Depression are examined, along with more recent scholarship putting the blame on multiple factors, including government meddling. Roosevelt’s policies aimed at stimulating consumption, failed and the minimum wage law effectively ended all hope for job recovery. The lesson ends with the United States observing the war in Europe without preparing to be drawn in.
Lesson 17 – Democracy’s Finest Hour (1941-1945)
This lesson covers the American experience in World War II, emphasizing the role of American industry in overwhelming the Axis powers. American efforts in the Great Alliance include the invasion of North Africa, Sicily, Italy, then eventually Normandy in the Atlantic theater, while in the Pacific theater Admiral Nimitz and General MacArther engaged in an island-hopping strategy that opened the door to the invasion of Japan when the atomic bombs became ready.
TEST Lessons 15-17
Test understanding of lessons 15 - 17 using these questions. Remember that these tests are important for the learning process as they create opportunities to practice recall of information. This practice helps to make information stick!
Lesson 18 – America’s Happy Days (1946-1959)
This lesson examines the post-war era of the “Golden Accident” when America’s undamaged economy positioned it for global domination. Long portrayed as a decade of sameness and uniformity, with no real conflicts, instead this was a tumultuous decade in which Americans wrestled with racial relations and the threat of atomic war. Stability on the outside masked great upheaval underneath.
Lesson 19 – The Age of Upheaval (1960-1974)
This lesson covers the era often seen as a time when America was “coming apart” due to race relations, opposition to the Vietnam War, and “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” The decade in fact reflected the coming-of-age of the Boomers, along with an ocean of federal money poured into colleges and the lifting of restrictions on communist professors at institutions of higher learning. The results were predictable, and happened worldwide. The lesson ends with Richard Nixon’s resignation and a moral, economic, and military low point in post-war American history.
TEST Lessons 18-19
Test understanding of lessons 18 - 19 using these questions. Remember that these tests are important for the learning process as they create opportunities to practice recall of information. This practice helps to make information stick!
Lesson 20 – Retreat and Resurrection (1974-1988)
This lesson examines the presidency of Jimmy Carter, malaise, Americans taken hostage in Iran, and the rise of Ronald Reagan, who rebuilt the US military, defeated the USSR, and re-established the American economy as the most powerful in the world. Reagan’s strategy was to attack on all fronts: diplomatic, moral, economic, cultural, and of course militarily. Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, increasingly boxed in, had to take deal after deal when confronted with this onslaught. Reagan left as one of the most popular presidents ever.
Lesson 21 – The Moral Crossroads (1989-2000)
This lesson includes the administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and looks at a period when the U.S. continued to coast on the Reagan era policies—especially with the fall of the USSR—but which went adrift morally. Bill Clinton used “law enforcement” methods to try to defeat terrorists rather than to declare war on them. Hamstrung his entire second term by a special prosecutor and impeachment, Clinton kept the economy going but little else.
TEST Lessons 20-21
Test understanding of lessons 20 - 21 using these questions. Remember that these tests are important for the learning process as they create opportunities to practice recall of information. This practice helps to make information stick!
Lesson 22 – Decline and Restoration: The Twenty-First Century (2000-Present)
This lesson begins with the closest election in American history (Bush v. Gore). While the partisan fires still burned, Islamic terrorists plunged airplanes into the World Trade Center, sending the U.S. into the “War on Terror” and the invasion of Afghanistan. Bush soon followed with the invasion of Iraq. While preoccupied with Iraq, the Bush administration drifted into the mortgage crash and ensuing economic recession that gave rise to Barack Obama. Promising “Hope and Change,” Obama accomplished little of lasting value, with his signature legislation, “Obamacare,” dismantled by the subsequent administration of Donald Trump.
Trump systematically reversed or un-did virtually every Obama policy in a two-year period, sending the U.S. into a period of soaring employment and job growth by focusing on domestic interests over globalism and international interests. Has this administration transformed America forever by swinging the pendulum toward national interests or will it swing back to globalism?
TEST Lesson 22
Test understanding of lessons 22 using these questions. Remember that these tests are important for the learning process as they create opportunities to practice recall of information. This practice helps to make information stick!