United States History: 1850 to the Present
10th Grade United States History explores United States’ history and culture from the onset of
the Civil War through the dawn of the 21st Century. This course examines the major political,
cultural, economic and social themes and events that have shaped our nation’s growth and
development during this time period.
This course is taught thematically. Thematic teaching better enables our students to connect
events over time and construct knowledge to realize a “big picture” of our history. As students
understand the greater historical narrative they begin to look for patterns, trends and flow over
time. This long look at history invites the student into the story. This approach encourages
students to consider historical patterns unfolding in the now and make predictions for the future.
Unit One: The Civil War & the shaping of the Modern United States
Unit Two: Minorities in America & their search for the American Dream
Part 1: African Americans & Civil Rights
Part 2: Native Americans
Part 3: European Immigrants
Part 4: Asians in American Society
Part 5: Women and the Battle for Equality
Unit One: Foreign Policy: America becomes a World Power
Unit Two: The Rise and Influence of Popular Culture in America.
Unit Three: Economics: Becoming the Wealthiest Nation on Earth.