History of the US to 1877

HST 213

YC Academy’s History of the US to 1877 course covers US history through 1877, taking students from pre‐Columbian events through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The course introduces students to the major themes that have defined the United States as a nation and culture while showing students how these times remain relevant in their everyday lives.​

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Course Outline

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Outcomes/Objectives

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Module #1

First Americans

  • North American Civilizations
  • Central and South American Empires
  • European Crusades: A Desire for Trade
  • European Trade and Exploration
  • Columbus in the Americas

Module #3

A Clash of Cultures: Conflicts with the Native Americans

  • Interactions with the Native Americans
  • English Colonies: Politically and Economically
  • Mercantilism and Imperial Dominion
  • The Glorious Revolution

Module #5

A Growing Competition: England and France

  • The Seven Years’ War
  • British Efforts at Peace with Native Americans
  • Change in Great Britain’s National Finances
  • British Control and Colonial Resistance
  • Boston Rebels and the British Response
  • British Coercion and the Continental Congress

Module #7

A New Station and a New Government

  • The Impact of the Revolution
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

Module #9

Madison, Monroe, and JQA: The Triumph of Personalities

  • Conflict with Europe: The War of 1812
  • Republicanism: Social Consciousness
  • Westward Growth
  • Industrial and Transportation Revolutions

Module #11

Alterations to the American Psyche

  • The Changing Role of Women
  • Utopianism and Transcendentalism
  • Reforms for the Body and the Soul
  • Immigration, Economic Classes, and Entertainment

Module #13

The War Between the States

  • Military Conflict: North vs. South
  • Total War at Home and on the Battlefield
  • From Confederate Success to Union Momentum
  • Final Battles: Climax and Conclusion

Module #2

Colonization in North American

  • Spanish and Portuguese Plantation Colonies
  • Neo-European Influence in the Colonies
  • English Settlements in North America
  • The Growing African Slave Trade

Module #4

The Colonies: A New People and a New Identity

  • The First Great Awakening and the Enlightenment
  • Northern Colonies Culture and Climate
  • Middle Colonies Culture and Climate
  • Southern Colonies Culture and Climate
  • Pre-Revolution Slave Ecology
  • Women’s Roles and Women’s Rights

Module #6

The American Revolution

  • The Early War in New England and the Mid-Atlantic
  • Women and the Revolution
  • The South: Diplomatic and Military Alliances
  • Yorktown and an American Victory

Module #8

A New Nation: Growing Pains and Internal Changes

  • The First Election and the Federalist Government
  • Divided Government
  • The Birth of Political Parties
  • The Adams Years
  • Anti-Federalists and Expansionism

Module #10

A Jacksonian Democracy and Political Expansion

  • The Election of 1824
  • Rise of Federal and Party Politics
  • The Tariff Wars and the Nullification Crisis
  • The Darkside of Jackson’s Impact
  • Southern Traditions and Slavery
  • The Mexican-American War and the West
  • Compromise of 1850 and Kansas-Nebraska

Module #12

The Irreconcilable Divide: Causes/Issues and Secession

  • Sectionalism and the Fugitive Slave Act
  • Abolitionists and Politics: Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • The Election of 1860
  • The South Secedes

Module #14

Rebuilding the New South

  • Reconstruction – The Beginning
  • Reconstruction – A Constitution Amended and a President Impeached
  • Reconstruction – African American Successes
  • Reconstruction – The KKK and the End of Reconstruction

Interpret timelines of key historical events, people, and periods; locate significant historical places and events on maps.

Bloom’s level 3

Analyze the importance of context and point of view in historical interpretation; recognize that historians interpret the same events differently due to personal values and societal norms.

Bloom’s level 4

Identify and understand elements of historical cause and effect; recognize and understand patterns of change and continuity in history.

Bloom’s level 2

Develop journal entries that address open-ended historical questions that can be addressed through historical research and interpretation.

Bloom’s level 6

Apply terms relevant to the content appropriately and accurately.

Bloom’s level 3

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

First Americans

  • North American Civilizations
  • Central and South American Empires
  • European Crusades: A Desire for Trade
  • European Trade and Exploration
  • Columbus in the Americas

Module #3

A Clash of Cultures: Conflicts with the Native Americans

  • Interactions with the Native Americans
  • English Colonies: Politically and Economically
  • Mercantilism and Imperial Dominion
  • The Glorious Revolution

Module #5

A Growing Competition: England and France

  • The Seven Years’ War
  • British Efforts at Peace with Native Americans
  • Change in Great Britain’s National Finances
  • British Control and Colonial Resistance
  • Boston Rebels and the British Response
  • British Coercion and the Continental Congress

Module #7

A New Station and a New Government

  • The Impact of the Revolution
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

Module #9

Madison, Monroe, and JQA: The Triumph of Personalities

  • Conflict with Europe: The War of 1812
  • Republicanism: Social Consciousness
  • Westward Growth
  • Industrial and Transportation Revolutions

Module #11

Alterations to the American Psyche

  • The Changing Role of Women
  • Utopianism and Transcendentalism
  • Reforms for the Body and the Soul
  • Immigration, Economic Classes, and Entertainment

Module #13

The War Between the States

  • Military Conflict: North vs. South
  • Total War at Home and on the Battlefield
  • From Confederate Success to Union Momentum
  • Final Battles: Climax and Conclusion

Module #2

Colonization in North American

  • Spanish and Portuguese Plantation Colonies
  • Neo-European Influence in the Colonies
  • English Settlements in North America
  • The Growing African Slave Trade

Module #4

The Colonies: A New People and a New Identity

  • The First Great Awakening and the Enlightenment
  • Northern Colonies Culture and Climate
  • Middle Colonies Culture and Climate
  • Southern Colonies Culture and Climate
  • Pre-Revolution Slave Ecology
  • Women’s Roles and Women’s Rights

Module #6

The American Revolution

  • The Early War in New England and the Mid-Atlantic
  • Women and the Revolution
  • The South: Diplomatic and Military Alliances
  • Yorktown and an American Victory

Module #8

A New Nation: Growing Pains and Internal Changes

  • The First Election and the Federalist Government
  • Divided Government
  • The Birth of Political Parties
  • The Adams Years
  • Anti-Federalists and Expansionism

Module #10

A Jacksonian Democracy and Political Expansion

  • The Election of 1824
  • Rise of Federal and Party Politics
  • The Tariff Wars and the Nullification Crisis
  • The Darkside of Jackson’s Impact
  • Southern Traditions and Slavery
  • The Mexican-American War and the West
  • Compromise of 1850 and Kansas-Nebraska

Module #12

The Irreconcilable Divide: Causes/Issues and Secession

  • Sectionalism and the Fugitive Slave Act
  • Abolitionists and Politics: Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • The Election of 1860
  • The South Secedes

Module #14

Rebuilding the New South

  • Reconstruction – The Beginning
  • Reconstruction – A Constitution Amended and a President Impeached
  • Reconstruction – African American Successes
  • Reconstruction – The KKK and the End of Reconstruction

Outcomes/Objectives

Click on each tab to view its contents.

Interpret timelines of key historical events, people, and periods; locate significant historical places and events on maps.

Bloom’s level 3

Analyze the importance of context and point of view in historical interpretation; recognize that historians interpret the same events differently due to personal values and societal norms.

Bloom’s level 4

Identify and understand elements of historical cause and effect; recognize and understand patterns of change and continuity in history.

Bloom’s level 2

Develop journal entries that address open-ended historical questions that can be addressed through historical research and interpretation.

Bloom’s level 6

Apply terms relevant to the content appropriately and accurately.

Bloom’s level 3

Outcomes/Objectives

Click on each tab to view its contents.

Interpret timelines of key historical events, people, and periods; locate significant historical places and events on maps.

Bloom’s level 3

Analyze the importance of context and point of view in historical interpretation; recognize that historians interpret the same events differently due to personal values and societal norms.

Bloom’s level 4

Identify and understand elements of historical cause and effect; recognize and understand patterns of change and continuity in history.

Bloom’s level 2

Develop journal entries that address open-ended historical questions that can be addressed through historical research and interpretation.

Bloom’s level 6

Apply terms relevant to the content appropriately and accurately.

Bloom’s level 3

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

First Americans

  • North American Civilizations
  • Central and South American Empires
  • European Crusades: A Desire for Trade
  • European Trade and Exploration
  • Columbus in the Americas

Module #2

Colonization in North American

  • Spanish and Portuguese Plantation Colonies
  • Neo-European Influence in the Colonies
  • English Settlements in North America
  • The Growing African Slave Trade

Module #3

A Clash of Cultures: Conflicts with the Native Americans

  • Interactions with the Native Americans
  • English Colonies: Politically and Economically
  • Mercantilism and Imperial Dominion
  • The Glorious Revolution

Module #4

The Colonies: A New People and a New Identity

  • The First Great Awakening and the Enlightenment
  • Northern Colonies Culture and Climate
  • Middle Colonies Culture and Climate
  • Southern Colonies Culture and Climate
  • Pre-Revolution Slave Ecology
  • Women’s Roles and Women’s Rights

Module #5

A Growing Competition: England and France

  • The Seven Years’ War
  • British Efforts at Peace with Native Americans
  • Change in Great Britain’s National Finances
  • British Control and Colonial Resistance
  • Boston Rebels and the British Response
  • British Coercion and the Continental Congress

Module #6

The American Revolution

  • The Early War in New England and the Mid-Atlantic
  • Women and the Revolution
  • The South: Diplomatic and Military Alliances
  • Yorktown and an American Victory

Module #7

A New Station and a New Government

  • The Impact of the Revolution
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

Module #8

A New Nation: Growing Pains and Internal Changes

  • The First Election and the Federalist Government
  • Divided Government
  • The Birth of Political Parties
  • The Adams Years
  • Anti-Federalists and Expansionism

Module #9

Madison, Monroe, and JQA: The Triumph of Personalities

  • Conflict with Europe: The War of 1812
  • Republicanism: Social Consciousness
  • Westward Growth
  • Industrial and Transportation Revolutions

Module #10

A Jacksonian Democracy and Political Expansion

  • The Election of 1824
  • Rise of Federal and Party Politics
  • The Tariff Wars and the Nullification Crisis
  • The Darkside of Jackson’s Impact
  • Southern Traditions and Slavery
  • The Mexican-American War and the West
  • Compromise of 1850 and Kansas-Nebraska

Module #11

Alterations to the American Psyche

  • The Changing Role of Women
  • Utopianism and Transcendentalism
  • Reforms for the Body and the Soul
  • Immigration, Economic Classes, and Entertainment

Module #12

The Irreconcilable Divide: Causes/Issues and Secession

  • Sectionalism and the Fugitive Slave Act
  • Abolitionists and Politics: Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • The Election of 1860
  • The South Secedes

Module #13

The War Between the States

  • Military Conflict: North vs. South
  • Total War at Home and on the Battlefield
  • From Confederate Success to Union Momentum
  • Final Battles: Climax and Conclusion

Module #14

Rebuilding the New South

  • Reconstruction – The Beginning
  • Reconstruction – A Constitution Amended and a President Impeached
  • Reconstruction – African American Successes
  • Reconstruction – The KKK and the End of Reconstruction

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Context

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Video Overview

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Readings

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Check Your Knowledge

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Glossary

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Toolbox Resources

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