US History

Overall Course Theme

This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens.

The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it to attend to the academic blog challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today’s citizens is the purpose of this course.

The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.


  1. Historical Thinking and Skills
  2. Historic Documents
  3. Industrialization and Progressivism (1877-1920)
  4. Foreign Affairs from Imperialism to Post-World War I (1898-1930)
  5. Prosperity, Depression and the New Deal (1919-1941)
  6. From Isolation to World War (1930-1945)
  7. The Cold War (1945-1991)
  8. Social Transformations in the United States (1945-1994)
  9. United States and the Post-Cold War World (1991-Present)

State of Ohio’s Model Curriculum

Am History Model Curricula