Using the amazing power of hindsight we will look at events and decisions that shaped Modern American History! We will use primary documents, art, lit, movies, web sources, speakers to analyze our more recent US history. Students will engage in class discussion and challenge themselves and each other to view history through the eyes of those who lived it.

Text: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

High School. Full year class

The following are some of the areas covered during class.  I also allow time for students to pursue other areas of interest. Writing and analysis is integrated into the class structure. An interview paper will be assigned during the first semester and a persuasive paper is assigned during the second semester.

  • Reconstruction Era
  • Robber Barons or Job Creators?
  • Industrialization
  • Labor & Unions
  • Strikes
  • Spanish American War
  • Progressivism- What is it?
  • Isms
  • Colorado Wars
  • A cheese Sandwich and WWI
  • Women’s Suffrage
  • Roaring 20’s
  • Sacco & Vanzetti
  • Scopes Trial
  • KKK is back
  • Gangsters
  • Hoover, Love him….hate him
  • Crash
  • Great Depression Part 1
  • Great Depression Part 2
  • Causes of WW2
  • The Last Good War
  • World War 2- The Japanese
  • Manhattan Project
  • The Home Front
  • After the Good War
  • The 1950’s
  • Civil Rights….What Civil Rights?
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Vietnam
  • Black Panthers
  • 1970’s
  • Nixon
  • Iran Hostage
  • We Didn’t Start the Fire