🚀 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)
June 1, 2020
First, the US economy grew into a major world importer and exporter, eventually becoming the world’s biggest economy (as measured by Gross Domestic Product, or GDP) by the 1920s. US economic dominance would be near its height at the end of the period in 1945 with the end of World War Two (WWII) thanks partly to US war material production. This transition included smaller trends like increased urbanization, increased industrialization.
This growth was not without problems and hiccups, so Progressives tried to make the bad parts of industrial society better and the Great Depression challenged US politicians to come up with new solutions to increasing economic instability.
Thanks to new technologies that spread faster than ever, the US changed into a consumer culture, with fewer goods being made inside the home and more and more goods being “imported” from stores. Thanks to technologies like cars and radios, the US culture became more national in its scope.
People migrated within the US—suburbanization and migration westward and southward—and came in changing numbers of immigrants from other countries.
The US grew into a dominant position militarily and politically through this time period. At the start of the period, the US was generally uninvolved in overseas events other than through trade. The US then began to get more involved in colonialism beyond its own continental borders in places like the Pacific Ocean and Latin America.
Participation in both World War One (WWI) and World War Two (WWII) raised questions about the US role in world affairs and how to keep the US safe. By 1945, the US was heavily involved all over the world and saw military and diplomatic engagement as necessary for its national security and for the good of the rest of the world.
1898 – Spanish American War / the beginning of imperialism
1917 – U.S. enters World War One (WWI); Wilson’s Fourteen Points
1918 – WWI ends
1919 – First Red Scare; Red Summer
1920 – 19th Amendment; Treaty of Versailles not ratified
1929 – Stock Market Crash; the beginning of the Great Depression
1933 – FDR inaugurated & the New Deal begins
1941 – Pearl Harbor, U.S. enters WWII; Great Depression ends
The United States becomes more urban than rural in the 1920s
The US economy continued its transition from a mostly agricultural base to a more industrialized base, thanks in part to WWI & WWII
The US moves from isolationism and unilateralism—acting mostly on our own to accomplish foreign policy goals—to multilateralism, that is, acting together with other (mostly European) countries and getting heavily involved in world affairs on a more permanent basis
Americans continued to move westward, particularly into west coast places like California and Seattle, mostly thanks to WWII and the military production facilities on the west coast.
US women and people of color continued to fight discrimination, but they made huge gains during this period, particularly through service in WWII.
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