🚀 Thematic Guides
Theme 1 (NAT) - American and National Identity
Theme 2 (WXT) - Work, Exchange, and Technology
Theme 3 (GEO) - Geography and The Environment
Theme 4 (MIG) - Migration and Settlement
Theme 5 (PCE) - Politics and Power
Theme 7 (ARC) - American and Regional Culture
Theme 8 (SOC): Social Structures
🌽 Unit 1: 1491-1607
1.1Context: European Encounters in the Americas
1.6Cultural Interactions Between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans
🦃 Unit 2: 1607-1754
2.0Unit 2 Overview: Contextualization
2.3The Regions of the British Colonies
2.5Interactions between Native Americans and Europeans
2.6Slavery in the Colonies
🔫 Unit 3: 1754-1800
3.6The Influence of Revolutionary Ideals
3.10Shaping a New Republic
🐎 Unit 4: 1800-1848
4.2The Rise of Political Parties and the Era of Jefferson
4.3Politics and Regional Interests
4.8Jackson and Federal Power
4.9The Development of an American Culture
4.10The Second Great Awakening
4.11the age of reform
4.12African Americans in the Early Republic
💣 Unit 5: 1844-1877
5.5Sectional Conflict: Regional Differences
5.6Failure of Compromise
5.7Election of 1860 and Secession
5.9Government Policies during the Civil War
🚂 Unit 6: 1865-1898
6.2Westward Expansion: Economic Development
6.3Westward Expansion Social and Cultural Development
6.6The Rise of Industrial Capitalism
6.7Labor in the Gilded Age
6.9Responses to Immigration
🌎 Unit 7: 1890-1945
7.0Unit 7 Overview: Contextualization
7.3The Spanish-American War
7.5World War I: Military and Diplomacy
7.6World War I: Home Front
7.81920s: Cultural and Political Controversies
7.9The Great Depression
7.10The New Deal
7.11Interwar Foreign Policy
7.12World War II: Mobilization
🥶 Unit 8: 1945-1980
8.2The Cold War from 1945-1980
8.3The Red Scare
8.4Economy after 1945
8.6Early Steps in the Civil Rights Movement
8.7America as a World Power
8.8The Vietnam War
8.10The African American Civil Rights Movement
8.11The Expansion of the Civil Rights Movement
📲 Unit 9: 1980-Present
9.0Unit 9 Overview: Contextualization
9.2Reagan and Conservatism
9.3The End of the Cold War
9.6Challenges of the 21st Century
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
📋 Short Answer Questions (SAQ)
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May 28, 2020
Britain, Spain, France, and the Netherlands were all competing against each other for land, riches and power in the world between c. 1450-1800. Exploring and obtaining new colonies in the Americas were a big part of this competition.
Their competition led to both alliances and conflicts between the colonists and the Native Americans living in America. Both the Europeans and Americans had to decide how they were going to be settled and governed. These decisions would lead to conflicts.
This unit will help us better understand the origins of life in early America. These origins include motives for colonial settlement, the evolution of government, their economies, religions and culture. A guiding question is: How did both Europeans and Americans influence these origins?
1607: Jamestown was founded.
1619: First African slaves arrive in America. House of Burgesses created in Virginia.
1620: Pilgrims sail on the Mayflower.
1676: Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia.
1680s: Large expansion of slavery in the colonies.
1681: Pennsylvania founded by William Penn.
1692: Salem Witch Trials.
1734: Great Awakening.
1754: French and Indian War begins.
European powers compete for colonies. Each country has different motives for colonization and settles in different landscapes and climates. This leads to various settlements.
Interaction between Europeans, colonists, and native Americans includes both cooperation and conflict. The identity of America and its institutions is influenced by the European way of life. Is American becoming more European or more American?
Europeans want cheap labor for goods being produced in America. Indians and white indentured servants were their original laborers. Bacon’s Rebellion forces Europe to embrace the African slave trade as slavery accelerates.
The Indians form alliances and rivalries with both Europeans and colonists in an attempt to preserve their land and way of life.
Colonists begin to desire their own, independent culture and institutions, such as government, churches, economies, and laws. This leads to conflict with their European bosses.
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