U.S. History: Reconstruction to Present
U.S. History Reconstruction to Present examines American history from the Civil War to the present day, placing special emphasis on the major political, economic, and social movements of the twentieth century.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Explain the causes of sectionalism in the years leading up to the Civil War.
- Identify the major battles of the Civil War and their outcomes.
- 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.
- 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.