U.S. History and Government

This full-year course is designed to acquaint students with the important events in the growth of the United States as a nation. An effort is made to explain the relationships and underlying causes of these events. Included in this course is a detailed study of the Constitution and the basic structure of American government. The study of current events as they relate to the continued development of the nation is also emphasized. A Regents examination is given at the end of this course. Students are required to pass this examination in order to graduate from high school.

Required Texts

  • Glencoe/McGraw Hill’s “The American Vision” (2003).
  • The primary and secondary texts utilized in this course will be provided to students.

Required Supplies

  • Loose-leaf binder
  • Writing implement
  • Notebook

Course Format and Procedures

This course meets daily for 42 minutes, and students are expected to make full use of the time. There are periods of lecture, along with time spent reading, writing and collectively working with others on a variety of activities and assignments. Students must pass both Global History and Geography I and II in order to take United States History and Government.

Student and Parent Resources

  • After-school help is available every day, except when the teacher has a meeting and/or prior engagement.
  • Students also can receive help during the teacher’s planning period and from the course website at http://mrmucilliunitedstateshistory.weebly.com

Course Outline

Colonial Foundations (1607– 1763):

European colonization in North America prompted cultural contact and exchange between diverse peoples; cultural differences and misunderstandings at times led to conflict. A variety of factors contributed to the development of regional differences, including social and racial hierarchies, in colonial America.

Constitutional Foundations (1763 – 1824):

Growing political and economic tensions led the American colonists to declare their independence from Great Britain. Once independent, the new nation confronted the challenge of creating a stable federal republic.

Expansion, Nationalism, And Sectionalism (1800 – 1865):

As the nation expanded, growing sectional tensions, especially over slavery, resulted in political and constitutional crises that culminated in the Civil War.

Post-Civil War Era (1865 – 1900):

Reconstruction resulted in political reunion and expanded constitutional rights. However, those rights were undermined, and issues of inequality continued for African Americans, women, Native Americans, Mexican Americans and Chinese immigrants.

Industrialization And Urbanization (1870 – 1920):

The United States was transformed from an agrarian to an increasingly industrial and urbanized society. Although this transformation created new economic opportunities, it also created societal problems that were addressed by a variety of reform efforts.

The Rise of American Power (1890 – 1920):

Numerous factors contributed to the rise of the United States as a world power. Debates over the United States’ role in world affairs increased in response to overseas expansion and involvement in World War I. United States participation in the war had important effects on American society.

Prosperity And Depression (1920 – 1939):

The 1920s and 1930s were a time of cultural and economic changes in the nation. During this period, the nation faced significant domestic challenges, including the Great Depression.

World War II (1935 – 1945):

The participation of the United States in World War II was a transformative event for the nation and its role in the world.

Cold War (1945 – 1990):

In the period following World War II, the United States entered into an extended era of international conflict called the Cold War, which influenced foreign and domestic policy for more than 40 years.

Social And Economic Change/Domestic Issues (1945 – present):

Racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequalities were addressed by individuals, groups and organizations. Varying political philosophies prompted debates over the role of the federal government in regulating the economy and providing a social safety net.

The United States In A Globalizing World (1990 – present):

The United States’ political and economic status in the world has faced external and internal challenges related to international conflicts, economic competition, and globalization. Throughout this period, the nation has continued to debate and define its role in the world.

Note: The content of this syllabus is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the class and/or instructor.