Full year course – 4 credits This course surveys the American history from Reconstruction through the 1990s. After a review of the Founding Documents, students will explore topics such as the lives of free people in the South after the Civil War, industrialization and immigration, World War I, the “Roaring Twenties”, the Great Depression, and the New Deal, US involvement in World War II, the 1950s and the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War,the Watergate era, the Reagan Revolution, and the Clinton Presidency. We also look at how ordinary Americans attempted to achieve the “American Dream”, and the challenges and successes they experienced along the way. The course also helps develop study skills, including organization, consistent homework completion, essay writing, and time management. Students will also strengthen their critical thinking skills, such as recognizing point of view, formulating their opinion, and expressing their ideas and opinions in class. (3-5)