This course continues the study of the social, political, cultural, and economic development of the United States from the American Civil War to the present. Students will develop an understanding of how our Nation's past comes to impact current events.
Additionally, students will understand the development of our democratic principles and recognize the responsibilities of citizenship in a free nation. Students will use varied resources to examine the course content. In addition to the text, students will examine historical documents, eye witness accounts, excerpts of period literature and political cartoons. Students will interpret charts, graphs, and maps over the context of the course.
This course will provide students with a basic understanding of how the government of the United States works. Students will explain the influences that British political traditions and our experiences in early colonial government played upon the development of our system of government.
Students will examine the three branches of the federal government and explain how each branch checks the power of the other. Students will discuss the evolution of the Constitution of the United States, particularly the Bill of Rights and other key amendments as they apply to an ever-changing society. Students will analyze the American political system and the electoral process, with particular emphasis upon nominations, campaigns and elections for the Presidency.