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The History of the United States Since 1865 provides a balanced approach to building historical awareness on the trends, concepts and key moments of a nation comprised of diverse experiences and perspectives.
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US History has been crafted in close collaboration with faculty at Arizona State University. It is based on OpenStax content, and enriched with dozens of video clips and interactive elements. Combined with our Advanced Adaptive Learning methods, it provides a state of the art courseware experience.
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New Frontiers: Reconstruction and the Development of the West
The 19th century saw expansion east to west and conflict north to south. This Unit has two modules. The first explores the period known as Reconstruction that followed the Civil War. The second follows the westward migration of white settlers, their lives and impact on the land and other peoples.
Industry and Urbanization in the Gilded Age
The Gilded Age, from 1870-1900, saw massive technological innovation and social change. This Unit has three modules. The first looks at the surge in industrialization while the second explores the urban expansion that followed. The third looks at the politics of the era and the rise of Populism.
Progressive Era and the Quest for Empire
The Progressive era, 1890-1920, saw attempts at home to address social ills, and greater involvement overseas, culminating in entry into World War I. This Unit has three modules, the first looking at domestic issues, the second the early days of empire and the third the entry into the Great War.
Changing Times: From Triumph to Depression
The 1920s and 30s could not have been more of a contrast – from boom to bust. This Unit as three modules. The first looks at the boom period, the Jazz Age from 1919-1929 while the second looks at the crash of 1929, its underlying causes and the Great Depression that followed. The third looks at the New Deal of Franklin D. Roosevelt and how it transformed the role of federal government.
The Second World War and Post War America
World War II saw the US allied to the Soviet Union; however, their postwar relationship became the so-called Cold War. This Unit explores this period over two modules. The first looks at World War II, how the U.S. entered the war, and the impact of the war on the homefront. The second module looks at the postwar world and the American fight against communism, as well as the social and cultural changes within American society that characterize this period.
A Turbulent Era: Reform, Conflict and a Polarized Nation
The 1960s and 70s were decades of cultural and social revolution and reaction. This Unit looks at these two decades across two modules. The first, focused on the 1960s, looks at the important cultural changes that led, amongst other things, to a more fragmented society. The second looks at how the Republicans surge on the back of a reaction against the 60s was halted by the Watergate scandal.
Anxieties within a Modern Era
The period from 1980 to the present day has, in theory, many positives not least the election of an African American to the Oval Office. Yet, America could not be said to be at ease with itself. Thus Unit explores these anxieties. In the first module we look at the last two decades of the 20th century when the Cold war ended. In the second we look at some key events in the 2st century so far.
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