What makes the United States so unique? Why do hundreds of thousands of people per year migrate to America? Why does the U.S. always get involved with other nations problems? What is the difference between a Democrat and a Republican? These are just some of the issues we will study this school year. The U.S is the first and leader in the belief of letting individuals determine their own destiny. Even though we are not a perfect union, our history is constantly adjusting our rights and liberties in order to balance the maximum amount of freedom with the control of our behaviors needed to maintain a stable country where everyone has an equal opportunity.
We will begin this class studying the The philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution. We will continue with the growth of industry and big business and its effects on people. We will observe how the Progressive Movement worked to improve the average American’s life and weaken the control of big business. We will witness the United States growing into a world power through Imperialism and how the U.S was pulled into World War I and World War II. We will discuss the effects of the Great Depression as well and the U.S. role as a world leader after World War II during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. We will finish the school year looking at the Civil Rights movement, post Cold War World and the role technology is playing to bring our world closer together for the better and for the worse.
As we see in the news, there are many different opinions of how our country should operate and the divisions are becoming larger. My goal is to give assignments that will force students to use primary sources to form thier own opinions of what role our government should play in creating policy today that reflect the lessons we have learned from the past experiences. I will use current events when ever possible to apply history's lessons to our world today. The objective of this class is to use the knowledge of history to make better decisions on policy today. This should be a very fun class.