Civil Rights

United States History I (1763-1877)

Course Overview:

In this course students will learn about the geography and history of the United States from 1763 to 1877 with studies of the political, economic, social and cultural developments of the nation throughout the eras.

Major topics include:
  • The causes and consequences of the American Revolution
  • The influence and ideas of the Declaration of Independence and the political philosophy of Thomas Jefferson
  • The debate between Federalist and Anti-Federalists over the ratification of the Constitution
  • Ideas contained in the Federalist Papers on federalism, checks and balances and an independent judiciary
  • The causes, course and consequences of America’s westward expansion
  • The Transportation Revolution of the 19th century
  • The emergence of New England’s textile industry
  • Critical developments leading to the American Civil War
  • The policies and consequences of Reconstruction
Required Student Product/Exams:
  • History Notebook (daily class notes, summaries, reflections, personal responses, responses to open-response question, other assignments)
  • Portfolio – In depth Research Project (research log, research paper and class presentation)
  • Class Participation (daily contribution to class discussions and activities in a consistent and meaningful manner is expected of every student)
  • Exams (periodic exams will be administered to test student comprehension of course material)
Test and Quizzes:25%
Homework and classwork:25%