Students study the major founding of the United States and the path towards the present. Students participate in an in-depth analysis of the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals. Students delve into the founding of the US and its relationship with Great Britain from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolutionary War. Following the study of the American Revolution students evaluate the effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation to better understand the later writing and debate around the Constitution. Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events. The expansion of America is studied along with the impact this expansion had on Native Americans and other groups. Students trace the building tensions between the North and South and continue with a comprehensive study of the Civil War and the effect on America.
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