This course examines world events from 1350 to the present. It explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements and the effects of global interdependence. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.
The United States History I course is the first half of a two-year sequence that constitutes the heart of the History/Social Science program in the high school. It is intended to satisfy the requirements of the New Jersey law in this area and to apply to all students who do not choose an alternate United States History I or II sequence. This is a general survey course in American history. This survey follows a flexible chronology that broadly covers the panorama of our nation’s development of a period of four centuries.
The major divisions of the United States History I course are: the economic, political, and religious factors in European history leading to the discovery and exploration of the New World; the settlement and growth of colonial America; the American struggle for independence from England; the creation of a unique American form of government with special emphasis on the Constitution of the United States; the development of the new nation in regard to its political, economic, and cultural growth; the Civil War and Reconstruction; and the rise of industrialism and the economic changes that transformed the nation.
The major divisions of the course are (1) the social reform movements of the Twentieth Century, (2) the continuing evolution of American politics and political parties, (3) the role of the United States as a world power, (4) the major economic concepts that affect the growth and stability of the nation, and (5) the problems and solutions the United States confronted and utilized during this time period. Students will examine the ever-changing political, social, and economic developments in the United States, as well as world affairs, major wars, and both internal and external contemporary conflicts. The course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to be active, informed citizens and contributing members of their communities.