AMH 2020 – American History since 1877


General Education Credit: D
High School Credit: 0.5

Course Instructor: Stewart Kreitzer
Stewart Kreitzer, Ph.D.
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About The Course

This course covers the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present time. It offers a survey of the emergence of modern America as an industrial and world power; the Progressive Era; WWI; the Great Depression and New Deal; WW II; and the Cold War era.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain why Reconstruction set up all of American history from that point on.
  2. Explain how and why American society industrialized during the late 19th century.
  3. Explain the causes and consequences of urbanization.
  4. Explain why racial, ethnic, & gender divisions arose in American society from 1877 to the start of World War I.
  5. Explain how and why the federal government increased its authority and power in the years following World War I.
  6. Show when and why a mass national culture emerged.
  7. Explain how World War II fundamentally changed America.
  8. Show how the Cold War started and why it lasted so long.
  9. Explain why the Civil Rights movement occurred and how it reshaped American society.
  10. Show how and why the United States got involved in Vietnam and how that war shaped domestic events.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Social Studies: United States History (GE)