Mr. Ruben L. Moreno Sidney High School
U.S. History Classroom #305
Phone: (406) 433-2330 ext. 142
Text: “The American Vision” Glencoe 2011 by Appleby, Brinkley and Broussard
We will start with a brief survey of U.S. History from independence to Reconstruction. A more in-depth study begins with the Industrial Age and leads to immigration and urbanization. The next study includes, but is not limited to, the Progressive Era and Imperialism, followed by a limited study of World War I. The Roaring Twenties (1920s) and the ensuing Great Depression with the resulting growth of the U.S. federal government are also analyzed. The Second World War, followed by the Cold War, is researched in terms of how they affected the homeland of the United States. An analysis of the popular 1950s looks into the culture of that decade, which includes the beginning of Civil Rights and leads to a survey of the social changes of the 1960s. The Kennedy and Johnson years are studied with an in depth analysis of their social and foreign policies—which includes the Vietnam War and its affect on social change. Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, along with the Ford and Carter years will also be surveyed. The tide of Conservatism during the 1980s will be viewed through the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. This course will then conclude with the United States in today’s world, focusing on, but not limited to, the Clinton, Bush, Obama presidencies.
In addition, this course will review the political, economic, social/cultural, technological, demographic, religious, geographic and military (“PEST-DRGM”) trends/facts driving the events which make up our nations past. Students will work both individually and in groups. They will demonstrate their mastery of history and their analytical/writing abilities through oral presentations, journal entries, essays, assigned paper(s), in-class debates, games, tests/quizzes, and other activities/assignments. Homework and/or in-class work—as well as reading will be assigned and checked daily.