My High School American/Modern History Plan
Patriot's History of the United States
American & Modern World History
A Four Year Plan
Who is this unsung heroine of the American Revolution?
Very nice PBS Timeline of History
term 1 (ch. 1-2);
term 2 (ch. 3-4);
term 3 (ch.5)
Chapter 1: The City on the Hill, 1492-1707
1. The Age of European Discovery and Timeline
2. Portugal and Spain: The Explorers
3. The Pirates of the Caribbean
4. France in the New World
5. The English Presence
6. Foundations for the English Success in the New World: A Hypothesis
7. The Colonial South
8. Tobacco, Slaves and Representative Government
9. Bacon's Rebellion
10. The Maryland Experiment
11. The Carolinas: Charles Town vs. Cracker Culture
12. Life of Common Colonials
13. New England's Pilgrims and Puritans
14. The Pequot War and the American Militia System
15. Roger Williams and the Limits of Religious Toleration
16. Unique Middle Colonies: New York, New Jersey, and Quaker Pennsylvania
17. The Glorious Revolution in England and America, 1688-89
Chapter 2: Colonial Adolescence, 1707-63
1. The Inability to Remain European & Timeline
2. Shaping "Americanness"
3. Common Life in the Early 18th Century
4. Religion's First Great Awakening
5. Slavery's American Origins and Evolution
6. Georgia: The Last Colony
7. Benign Neglect
8. Franco-British Warfare, 1689-1748
9. The French and Indian War
10. Enter King George III
Chapter 3: Colonies No More, 1763-83
1. Farmers and Firebrands & Timeline
2. Land, Regulation and Revolution
3. Mercantilism Reborn
4. The Stamp Act of 1765 (document)
5. A "Massacre" in Boston
6. Boston's Tea Party
7. Revolutionary Ideas
8. Lexington, Concord, and War
9. The "Indispensable Man"
10. "Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!" (speech)
11. Opening Campaigns
12. Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence
13. North to Saratoga
14. Trust the French
15. Southern Invasion, Northern Betrayal
16. The Treaty of Paris, 1783 (document)
Chapter 4: A Nation of Law, 1776-89
1. Inventing America & Timeline
2. Highways and Wolves
3. Chaos and Patriots to the Rescue?
4. The New State Constitutions
5. God and the Americans
6. Beyond the Endless Mountains
7. Two Streams of Liberty
8. A Republic, If You Can Keep It
9. Federalism Redefined
10. The Ratification Debate
11. The Anti-Federalist Legacy
Chapter 5: Small Republic, Big Shoulders, 1789-1815
2. Movers and Shakers
3. Creating the Cabinet
4. Hamilton's Three Reports
5. Feuding Patriots
6. Beyond the Oceans
7. The French Revolution and Neutrality
8. Jay's Treaty
9. Republicans Versus Federalists
10. Democracy's First Test
11. Quasi War
12. Adams Mettle and the Election of 1800
13. Growing America
14. "We Are All Republicans, We Are All Federalists"
15. Judiciary Waterloo for Minimalist Government
16. "We Rush Like a Comet into Infinite Space"
17. The Cataline of America
18. America's First Preemptive War
19. Exit the Sage of Monticello
20. Quids and War Hawks
21. "Half Horse and Half Alligator" in the War of 1812
22. A Nation Whose Spirit Was Everywhere
END Grade 9
Term 1 (ch. 6-7);
Term 2 (ch. 8-9);
Term 3 (ch.10-12)
Chapter 6: The Era of Big Central Government, 1815-36 & Timeline
1. The Second Bank of the United States
2. Marshall and Markets
3. The Virginia Dynasty, Continued
4. The Restless Spirit
5. Setting the Table for Growth
6. From Santa Fe to the Montana Country
7. Beyond the Monroe Doctrine
8. The Fire Bell in the Night
9. Corrupt Bargains
10. Adam's Stillborn Administration
11. The Rise of the Common Man
12. Andrew Jackson, Indian Fighter
13. Internal Improvements and Tariff Wars
14. Jackson's "War" on the BUS
15. Jackson and Goliath
Chapter 7: Red Foxes and Bear Flags, 1836-48
1. The End of Jackson, but not Jacksonianism & Timeline
2. Buckskins and Bible Thumpers
3. The "Isms"
4. American Renaissance
5. The Little Magician Takes the Stage
6. Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
7. Empire of Liberty or Manifest Destiny?
8. Mr. Polk's War
9. Westward Again (two weeks)
Chapter 8: The House Dividing, 1848-60
1. The Falling Veil & Timeline
2. An Arsenic Empire?
3. The Dark, Nether Side
4. Slavery, Still
5. Defending the Indefensible
6. The Political Pendulum
7. The Pendulum Swings North
8. Franklin Pierce and Foreign Intrigue
9. Southern Triumph in Kansas
10. The Demise of the Whigs
11. Dred Scott's Judicial Earthquake
12. Simmering Kansas Boils Over
13. A New Hope (two weeks)
14. The Crisis of Law and Order
Chapter 9: The Crisis of the Union, 1860-65
1. Lurching Toward War & Timeline
2. America's Pivotal Election: 1860
3. The Last Uneasy Months of Union
4. The Confederate States of America
5. Fort Sumter
6. The Combatants Square OFF
7. Attack and Die?
8. Bull Run and Union Failure
9. Water War
10. War in the West
11. Growing Government(s)
12. The Proclamation (document)
13. Hard War, Unresolved War
14. Gettysburg (speech)
15. From Chickamauga to Charleston
16. Politics in the North
17. Total War and Unconditional Surrender (speech)
18. Lincoln's Last Days
19. Marxist Revisionists, Lost Cause Neo-Confederates
Chapter 10: Ideals and Realities of Reconstruction, 1865-76
1. Hope and Despair & Timeline
2. Andrew Johnson Takes the Helm
3. A Devastated South
4. Presidential Reconstruction
5. Four Postwar Questions
6. Freedmen and Politics of the South
7. O.O. Howard and the Freedmen's Bureau
8. A War on Four Fronts
9. Grant and the "Era of Good Stealings"
10. Reelection and Reform
12. Rutherford B. Hayes: Soldier and Politician
Chapter 11: Lighting Out for the Territories, 1861-90
1. Civilizing a Wilderness & Timeline
2. Wagon Trains, Stagecoaches, and Steamboats
3. The Iron Horse Races West
4. The Natural Resources Frontier
5. The Indians' Next-to-the-Last Stand
6. Sand Creek and Yellow Hair
7. The Final States of Assimilation
8. Territorial Government and Statehood
9. Prairie Populism and National Radicalism
Chapter 12: Sinews of Democracy, 1876-96
1. Life After Reconstruction & Timeline
2. President Hayes
3. Controlling the Spoils Beast
4. Material Abundance, Social Reform
5. Titans of Industry
6. Greed and Jealously in the Gilded Age
7. "Your Masters Sent Out The Bloodhounds"
8. Raising Less Corn, and More Hell
9. Shame of the Cities
10. Intellectuals, Reform, and the Foundations of Progressivism
11. Grover Cleveland, Presidential Giant
12. Republican Interlude
13. Seed Corn and Cleveland's Return
14. Inching Toward a Modern America
End Grade 10
Term 1 (ch. 13-15);
Term 2 (ch. 16-18);
Term 3 (ch. 19-21)
Chapter 13: "Building Best, Building Greatly," 1896-1912
1. Average Americans at the "Turn of the Century" & Timeline
2. Major McKinley
3. Cuba Libre!
4. The "Full Dinner Pail" and Assassination
5. A Brilliant Madman, Born a Century Too Soon
6. Trust-Busting, Business Bashing
7. Summer Camps and Saving the Bison
8. "Speak Softly…" (speech)
9. Black and White in Progressive America
10. Ballinger and Pinchot
Chapter 14: War, Wilson, and Internationalism, 1912-20
1. The Dawn of Dreams & Timeline
2. Marvels in the Earth and Sky
3. Progressive Reformers
4. Wilsonian Progressivism
5. South of the Border
6. He Kept Us Out of War
7. Flexing Democracy's Muscles
8. Red Son Rising
9. Versailles and the Fourteen Points
10. Progressive Fervor and the Real Thing
11. Suffering for Suffrage
12. The Dark Bargain
Chapter 15: The Roaring Twenties and the Great Crash, 1920-32
1. The Twenties Myth & Timeline
2. Return to Normalcy
3. A Scandal for Every Occasion
4. An Economic (and Cultural) Goliath
5. Wets Versus Drys
6. Bulls and … Bulls
7. A "Tornado of Cheering"
8. The New Deal Writ Small
9. Crash and Depression
10. Hoover Accelerates the Decline
Chapter 16: Enlarging the Public Sector, 1932-40
1. Economic Chaos & Timeline
2. Were There Two New Deals?
3. The Hundred Days
4. Labor and Leviathan
5. Social Change in the Great Depression
6. The First Referendum
7. The New Deal Stalls
8. Demons Unleashed
9. Isolationism Ascendant
10. Reelection and Inevitability
Chapter 17: Democracy's Finest Hour, 1941-45
1. Democracy in Peril & Timeline
2. "The Americans Will Be Overawed" & Timeline
3. Back Door to War?
4. "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy" (speech)
5. Putting the Ax to the Axis
6. Democracy's Industrial Tsunami
7. Is This Trip Really Necessary?
8. The Gadget
9. War Strategy: Casablanca
10. "Remember Bataan!"
11. Miracle at Midway
12. The End of the "Thousand-Year Reich"
13. The Longest Day
14. A Contrast in Governments
15. Shaping the Postwar World
16. The Holocaust and American Jews
17. On to Japan!
18. Ground Zero
End Grade 11
Chapter 18: America's "Happy Days," 1946-59
1. Atoms for Peace & Timeline
2. An Atomic World
3. The Iron Curtain and the Cold War
4. Attacking Communism with a Two Edge Sword… and a Saxophone!
5. Containment and Korea
6. Soviet Espionage in 1950s America
7. The Eisenhower Smile
8. The "Fair Deal" Becomes "Dynamic Conservation"
9. The Atomic Genie
10. Sputnik: Cold War in Space
11. Happy Days: Myth or Reality?
12. Cookie-Cutter America?
13. The Invisible Man
14. From Boring to Booming? Expectations at Decade's End
Chapter 19: The Age of Upheaval, 1960-1974
1. The Fractured Decade & Timeline
2. Kennedy and Crisis
3. Where Can We Catch Them?
4. Tax Cuts and Growth
5. Origins of the Vietnam Quagmire
6. The Crime of the Century
7. Lyndon Johnson, Champion Logroller
8. Race, Rights, and the War on Poverty
9. Origins of Welfare Dependency
10. "We're Not Going North and Drop Bombs"
11. Coming Apart
12. Three Streams Converge
13. Red-Diaper Babies
14. Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
15. Protests, Mobs and the Media
16. "We Are All Keynesians Now"
17. The End of Vietnamization
18. America's Second Constitutional Crises
Chapter 20: Retreat and Resurrection, 1974-88
1. Malaise and Recovery & Timeline
2. Gerald Ford, Caretaker
3. Middle East Instability, Economic Crisis
4. Honey, I Shrank the Economy!
5. Sex, the Church, and the Collapse of Marriage
6. Foreign Policy Adrift
7. "I'll Never Lie to You"
8. "Well, There You Go Again!"
10. Tax Cuts Revive the Nation
11. Microprocessors and Missles
12. Communism's Last Gasp
13. Morning in America
Chapter 21: The Moral Crossroads, 1989-2000
1. Win One for the Gipper & Timeline
2. Communism Collapses in Europe
3. Saddam Hussein, Megalomaniac
4. "Cut Off the Head and Kill the Body"
5. "A Kindler, Gentler America"
6. "I Didn't Inhale"
7. The Clinton Presidency
8. Sex, Lies and Monicagate
9. The Contract with America
10. Riding Reagan's Coattails: The Roaring Nineties
11. Social Pathologies, Spiritual Renewal
12. "I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman"
13. Missions Undefined
Chapter 22: America, World Leader, 2000 and Beyond
1. A Generation Challeged & Timeline
2. Clintonism Collapses
3. Grand Corruption and Petty Larceny
4. Team Bush
6. "It Starts Today"
7. Midterm Mayhem
8. The "Axis of Evil"
9. Election 2004: Swift Boats and Dan Rather
10. Abu Ghraib and Gitmo
11. A Mighty Wind
Aztecs (1248-1521 AD)
Ancient Civilizations of the Americas
Views of Tenochtitlán and Cusco Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the first systematic city atlas, depicts cities from around the world, including these two in the Americas. The view of Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital (site of the present Mexico City) that astonished the conquistadors when they first saw it, is based on a map in the letters of Hernán Cortés (1485–1547) published in 1524.
Important sites are included, such as the marketplace, the sacrificial temple, and palace of Moctezuma. The view is paired with one of Cusco, Peru, the capital city of the Inca Empire. The representation of Cusco shows the square bordered by the Inca palace, the great temple and the homes of senior dignitaries, from which four roads led to the most remote corners of the Inca empire. Dignitaries of the respective empires are depicted in the foreground of each view. quote from HERE
Mesh With World History
Background From Earlier Studies Grades 5-8:
Pre-Columbian Civilizations of the New World and European Exploration, Colonization, and Settlement to 1700
5.1 Describe the earliest explorations of the New World by the Vikings, the period and locations of their explorations, and the evidence for them.
5.2 Identify the three major pre-Columbian civilizations that existed in Central and South America (Maya, Aztec, and Inca) and their locations. Describe their political structures, religious practices, and use of slaves.
5.3 Explain why trade routes to Asia had been closed in the 15th century and trace the voyages of at least four of the explorers listed below. Describe what each explorer sought when he began his journey, what he found, and how his discoveries changed the image of the world, especially the maps used by explorers.
A. Vasco Nuñez de Balboa
B. John and Sebastian Cabot
C. Jacques Cartier
D. Samuel de Champlain
E. Christopher Columbus
F. Henry Hudson
G. Ferdinand Magellan
H. Juan Ponce de Leon
I. Amerigo Vespucci
5.4 Explain why the Aztec and Inca civilizations declined in the 16th century.
A. the encounters between Cortes and Montezuma
B. the encounters between Pizarro and the Incas
C. the goals of the Spanish conquistadors
D. the effects of European diseases, particularly smallpox, throughout the Western hemisphere
5.5 Describe the goals and extent of the Dutch settlement in New York, the French settlements in Canada, and the Spanish settlements in Florida, the Southwest, and California.
5.6 Explain the early relationship of the English settlers to the indigenous peoples, or Indians, in North America, including the differing views on ownership or use of land and the conflicts between them (e.g., the Pequot and King Philip’s Wars in New England).
5.7 Identify some of the major leaders and groups responsible for the founding of the original colonies in North America.
A. Lord Baltimore in Maryland
B. William Penn in Pennsylvania
C. John Smith in Virginia
D. Roger Williams in Rhode Island
E. John Winthrop in Massachusetts
5.8 Identify the links between the political principles and practices developed in ancient Greece and such political institutions and practices as written constitutions and town meetings of the Puritans.
5.9 Explain the reasons that the language, political institutions, and political principles of what became the United States of America were largely shaped by English colonists even though other major European nations also explored the New World.
A. the relatively small number of colonists who came from other nations besides England
B. long experience with self-government
C. the high rates of literacy and education among the English colonial leaders
D. England’s strong economic, intellectual, and military position
The Political, Intellectual, and Economic Growth of the Colonies, 1700-1775
5.10 On a map of North America, identify the first 13 colonies and describe how regional differences in climate, types of farming, populations, and sources of labor shaped their economies and societies through the 18th century.
5.11 Explain the importance of maritime commerce in the development of the economy of colonial Massachusetts, using the services of historical societies and museums as needed.
A. the fishing and shipbuilding industries
B. trans-Atlantic trade
C. the port cities of New Bedford, Newburyport, Gloucester, Salem, and Boston
5.12 Explain the causes of the establishment of slavery in North America. Describe the harsh conditions of the Middle Passage and slave life, and the responses of slaves to their condition. Describe the life of free African Americans in the colonies.
5.13 Identify the founders and the reasons for the establishment of educational institutions in the colonies (grammar schools and colleges such as Harvard and the College of William and Mary).
5.14 Explain the development of colonial governments and describe how these developments contributed to the Revolution.
A. legislative bodies
B. town meetings
C. charters on individual freedom and rights
5.15 Explain the reasons for the French and Indian War, how it led to an overhaul of British imperial policy, and the colonial response to these policies.
A. Sugar Act (1764)
B. Stamp Act (1765)
C. Townsend Duties (1767)
D. Tea Act (1773) and the Intolerable Acts (1774)
E. the slogan, “no taxation without representation”
F. the roles of the Stamp Act Congress, the Sons of Liberty, and the Boston Tea Party (1773)
The Revolution and the Formation of a Federal Government under the Constitution, 1775-1789
5.16 Explain the meaning of the key ideas on equality, natural rights, the rule of law, and the purpose of government contained in the Declaration of Independence.
5.17 Describe the major battles of the Revolution and explain the factors leading to American victory and British defeat.
A. Lexington and Concord (1775)
B. Bunker Hill (1775)
C. Saratoga (1777)
D. Valley Forge (1777-1778)
E. Yorktown (1781)
5.18 Describe the life and achievements of important leaders during the Revolution and the early years of the United States.
A. John Adams
B. Benjamin Franklin
C. King George III
D. Alexander Hamilton
E. Thomas Jefferson
F. James Madison
G. George Washington
5.19 Identify the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including its date, its primary author (John Adams), and the basic rights it gives to citizens of the Commonwealth.
5.20 Explain the reasons for the adoption of the Articles of Confederation in 1781 and for its later failure.
5.21 Describe Shays’s Rebellion of 1786-1787 and explain why it was one of the crucial events leading to the Constitutional Convention.
5.22 Identify the various leaders of the Constitutional Convention and describe the major issues they debated.
A. distribution of political power
B. rights of individuals
C. rights of states
D. the Great Compromise
The Principles and Institutions of American Constitutional Government (to be covered in Gr. 9 Government)
5.23 Describe the responsibilities of government at the federal, state, and local levels (e.g., protection of individual rights and the provision of services such as law enforcement and the building and funding of schools).
5.24 Describe the basic political principles of American democracy and explain how the Constitution and the Bill of Rights reflect and preserve these principles.
A. individual rights and responsibilities
C. the rule of law
D. limited government
E. representative democracy
5.25 Identify the three branches of the United States government as outlined by the Constitution, describe their functions and relationships, and identify what features of the Constitution were unique at the time (e.g., the presidency and the independent judiciary).
5.26 Identify the rights in the Bill of Rights and explain the reasons for its inclusion in the Constitution in 1791. 5.27 Explain how American citizens were expected to participate in, monitor, and bring about changes in their government over time, and give examples of how they continue to do so today.
The Growth of the Republic
5.28 Identify the changes in voting qualifications between 1787 and 1820 (e.g., the abolition of property requirements), and compare who could vote in local, state, and national elections in the U.S. with who could vote in England, France, and Russia.
5.29 Explain the events leading up to, and the significance of, the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
5.30 Describe the expedition of Lewis and Clark from 1803 to 1806.
5.31 Describe the significance and consequences of the abolition of slavery in the northern states after the Revolution and of the 1808 law that banned the importation of slaves into the United States.
5.32 Describe the causes of the war of 1812 and how events during the war contributed to a sense of American nationalism.
A. British restrictions on trade and impressment
B. Major events of the war, including the role of the USS Constitution, the burning of the Capitol and the White House, and the Battle of New Orleans
5.33 Explain the importance of the China trade and the whaling industry to 19th century New England, and give examples of imports from China.
5.34 Explain the reasons that pioneers moved west from the beginning to the middle of the 19th century, and describe their lives on the frontier.
A. wagon train journeys on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails
B. their settlements in the western territories
5.35 Identify the key issues that contributed to the onset of the Civil War.
A. the debate over slavery and westward expansion
B. diverging economic interests
End Grade 9 American/Modern HIstory
LecturePoint: U.S. History go HERE
A series of interactive lectures by Michael Nagle, Professor of History & Political Science at West Shore Community College.
Part I: Origins-1865
A series of interactive lectures by Michael Nagle, Professor of History & Political Science at West Shore Community College.
Part I: Origins-1865
- The First Americans
- European Exploration
- New England Colonies (1620-1700)
- Middle Colonies and Lower South (1670s-1750)
- Colonial Society (Up to 1750)
- Toward Revolution and Independence (1750-1783)
- Origins of the Constitution
- New Republic (1789-1801)
- Age of Jefferson (1800-1815)
- "Good Feelings" and Jacksonian Democracy (1815-1840)
- American Society and Economy Transformed (1815-1860)
- Westward Expansion (1820s-1850)
- Travel West and Old South
- Impending Crisis (1850-1861)
- Civil War (1861-1865)
- Reconstruction Politics (1863/65-1877)
- Reconstruction Politics (1863/65-1877)
- Transforming the West (1860's-1900)
- Rise of Industry (1865-1900)
- United States (in 1900)
- The Progressive Movement (1890s-1917)
- World War I (1914/17-1918)
- The 1920s
- Depression and New Deal (1929-1940)
- WWII: Battle Front (1939/41-1945)
- WWII: Home Front (1941-45)
- The Early Cold War (1945-61)
- Affluent Society and Civil Rights I (1945-61)
- 1960s Politics and Civil Rights II
- Vietnam (1950-1975)
- Nixon, Watergate and Carter (1969-81)
- From Reagan To A New Century (1981-2005)