American History II Overview


The Founding Principles will guide students from the late nineteenth century time period through the early 21st Century.  Students will examine the political, economic, social and cultural devleopment of the United States from the end of the Reconstruction era to present times.

The Essential standards of American History II:

The Founding Principles will trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society, the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women, and the role of the US as a major world power.  An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state.  The desired outcome of this course is for students to develop an understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship between past and present events, recognize patterns of interactions, and understand the impact of events on the US in an interconnected World.  American History II is a graduation requirement for all students.


Due to the vast amount of information and fast pace of this course, reading the textbook and studying are vital to your success. Students will be required to read chapters in the textbook complete assignments that will help facilitate understanding of what has been read and presented in class. We typically cover at least two chapters per week. Tests are given after the completion of units of study. Most tests cover two chapters. You will also have 1 to 2 quizzes per week. We will study every chapter of the textbook. The assignments, quiz, and test dates for the week are posted on the board, while in the building, and in Canvas while remote learning. Keep up with these deadlines.