United States History and Geography: Continuity and Change in the Twentieth Century (2709) CA

United States History and Geography: Continuity and Change in the Twentieth Century examines American history from the Reconstruction to the present day, placing special emphasis on the major political, economic, and social movements of the twentieth century. In addition, the first unit reviews important information and ideas about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the ideas of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
  • Analyze the application of the Founding Fathers ideals to historical events.
  • Describe the goals and results of Reconstruction policies.
  • Describe conditions in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, including the effects of industrialization, immigration, and urbanization. 
  • Explain the factors influencing U.S. expansionism in the early twentieth century. 
  • Describe the reform movements of the Progressive Era.
  • Summarize U.S. involvement in World War I. 
  • Describe the causes of the Great Depression.
  • Explain the long-term effects of the New Deal on American society.
  • Identify the major events of World War II, including activities on the Homefront. 
  • Identify the origins of the Cold War and U.S. efforts to contain the spread of Communism.
  • Summarize the goals of the civil rights, countercultural, and women’s movements.
  • Describe U.S. foreign policy in the post-Cold War era. 
  • Understand the key challenges facing American society in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Additional Resources

Some assignments in this course require the use of resources that must be supplied by the user. A list of these outside resources is available below:  

  • Internet, encyclopedia, or other research material
  • Paper, pencils, or other writing materials
  • Printer

State: California
Grade Level: 11
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year