• Honors US History II Period 3


    Honors United States History II Syllabus


    1. Reconstruction

    Presidential and Radical Reconstruction

    Southern state governments: aspirations, achievements, failures

    Role of African Americans in politics, education, and the economy

    Compromise of 1877

    Impact of Reconstruction

    The Origins of the New South

    Reconfiguration of southern agriculture: sharecropping and crop-lien system

    Expansion of manufacturing and industrialization

    The politics of segregation: Jim Crow and disfranchisement


    2. Development of the West in the Late Nineteenth Century

    Expansion and development of western railroads

    Competitors for the West: miners, ranchers, homesteaders, and American Indians

    Government policy toward American Indians

    Gender, race, and ethnicity in the far West

    Environmental impacts of western settlement


    3. Industrial America in the Late Nineteenth Century

    Corporate consolidation of industry

    Effects of technological development on the worker and workplace

    Labor and unions

    National politics and influence of corporate power

    Migration and immigration: the changing face of the nation

    Proponents and opponents of the new order, e.g., Social Darwinism and Social Gospel


    4. Urban Society in the Late Nineteenth Century

    Urbanization and the lure of the city

    City problems and machine politics

    Intellectual and cultural movements and popular entertainment


    5. Populism and Progressivism

    Agrarian discontent and political issues of the late nineteenth century

    Origins of Progressive reform: municipal, state, and national

    Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson as Progressive presidents

    Women’s roles: family, workplace, education, politics, and reform

    Black America: urban migration and civil rights initiatives

    6. The Emergence of America as a World Power

    American imperialism: political and economic expansion

    War in Europe and American neutrality

    The First World War at home and abroad

    Treaty of Versailles

    Society and economy in the postwar years


    7. The New Era: 1920s

    The business of America and the consumer economy

    Republican politics: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover

    The culture of Modernism: science, the arts, and entertainment

    Responses to Modernism: religious fundamentalism, nativism, and Prohibition

    The ongoing struggle for equality: African Americans and women


    8. The Great Depression and the New Deal

    Causes of the Great Depression

    The Hoover administration’s response

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal

    Labor and union recognition

    The New Deal coalition and its critics from the Right and the Left

    Surviving hard times: American society during the Great Depression


    9. The Second World War

    The rise of fascism and militarism in Japan, Italy, and Germany

    Prelude to war: policy of neutrality

    The attack on Pearl Harbor and United States declaration of war

    Fighting a multi-front war

    Diplomacy, war aims, and wartime conferences

    The United States as a global power in the Atomic Age


    10. The Home Front during the War

    Wartime mobilization of the economy

    Urban migration and demographic changes

    Women, work, and family during the war

    Civil liberties and civil rights during wartime

    War and regional development

    Expansion of government power


    11. The United States and the Early Cold War

    Origins of the Cold War

    Truman and containment

    The Cold War in Asia: China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan

    Diplomatic strategies and policies of the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations

    The Red Scare and McCarthyism

    Impact of the Cold War on American society


    12. The 1950s

    Emergence of the modern civil rights movement

    The affluent society and "the other America"

    Consensus and conformity: suburbia and middle-class America

    Social critics, nonconformists, and cultural rebels

    Impact of changes in science, technology, and medicine


    13. The Turbulent 1960s

    From the New Frontier to the Great Society

    Expanding movements for civil rights

    Cold War confrontations: Asia, Latin America, and Europe

    Beginning of Détente

    The antiwar movement and the counterculture


    14. Politics and Economics at the End of the Twentieth Century

    The election of 1968 and the "Silent Majority"

    Nixon’s challenges: Vietnam, China, and Watergate

    Changes in the American economy: the energy crisis, deindustrialization, and the

    service economy

    The New Right and the Reagan revolution

    End of the Cold War


    15. Society and Culture at the End of the Twentieth Century

    Demographic changes: surge of immigration after 1965, Sunbelt migration, and the

    graying of America

    Revolutions in biotechnology, mass communication, and computers

    Politics in a multicultural society


    16. The United States in the Post–Cold War World

    Globalization and the American economy

    Unilateralism vs. multilateralism in foreign policy

    Domestic and foreign terrorism

    Environmental issues in a global context




    Grades will be determined by a total point system. All assignments will be given point values.

    TESTS = 70-120 points

    QUIZZES = 20-50 points

    HOMEWORK = 10-25 points

    ESSAYS = 20-50 points


    All points accumulate over the course of the quarter. The student’s grade will be determined by dividing the points they have accumulated by the total number of points possible.