U.S. History: Reconstruction to Present

U.S. History Reconstruction to Present examines American history from the events leading up to the Civil War to the present day, placing special emphasis on the major political, economic, and social movements of the twentieth century. Additionally, students will gain practice in research and writing through various projects. In addition to the default course program, U.S. History Reconstruction to Present includes alternate lessons, projects, essays, and tests for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

  • Unit 1: Students will explain the causes of sectionalism and compromises in the years leading up to the Civil War. Students will also identify the major battles, and the end of the Civil War. 
  • Unit 2: Students will examine the goals and outcomes of Reconstruction, the outcomes of industrialization, and the causes and effects of western expansion.•Unit 3:Students will describe the Spanish-American War and imperialism, reform movements of the Progressive Era, and the U.S. involvement in World War I.
  • Unit 4: Students will acknowledge the social, cultural, educational, and religious issues of the 1920s, recognize the causes of the Great Depression, and analyze the programs and effects of the New Deal. 
  • Unit 5: Students will identify the major causes, events, and effects of World War II, the origins of the Cold War, and U.S. efforts to contain the spread of Communism in the Korean War. 
  • Unit 6: Students will know the social, cultural, and political events of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson presidencies.
  • Unit 7: Students will identify major individuals during the 1960s, significant details of the civil rights and anti-war movements, and describe the effects of the Vietnam War on Americans. 
  • Unit 8: Students will examine the social, political, and economic events of the 1970s.
  • Unit 9: Students will describe the major issues and events of the Reagan and Bush presidencies.
  • Unit 10: Students will evaluate the main events, issues, and policies of the Clinton, Bush Jr., and Obama presidencies. They will also understand the key challenges facing American society in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, such as terrorism, conservation, government and big business, and education. 

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year