American History: Beginnings to Reconstruction

Course Description

Nations rise and fall according to God’s will.  This course chronicles the rise of the American Republic,  described as a “shining city on a hill” by President Reagan. In this course students will examine the pre-European inhabitants, we will look at the individual makeup of the colonies, as well as the reasons for the eventual declaration of American Independence in 1776, culminating in a successful War of Independence.  Students will look in-depth at the foundations of the American Confederation and the reasons for its eventual failing, resulting in the constitutional republic we have today.

After examining the early years of the Republic, Students will look at the antebellum period of expansion and sectional tensions culminating in the Civil War. The course will conclude with the reconstruction period and its lasting effects still being felt in the twenty-first century.

Course Goals

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

  • Evaluate the reasons for American Independence from the British Empire
  • Analyze historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution of the United States, Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers.
  • Understand and evaluate the reasons for the American Civil War
  • Analyze the effects of the Reconstruction Era upon the United States.
  • Offer alternative points of view/debate in a historical context based on factual evidence provided it does not conflict with God’s Word.

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