This is an honors level survey course covering the full sweep of United States history from colonial times through the present. There is a brief introductory unit on pre-Columbian America; subsequent units will cover the English colonial period, the conflicts that led to independence and the adoption of the US Constitution, the early national period and westward expansion, the conflicts that led to secession and civil war, reconstruction and the industrial “gilded age” of the late 19th century, world war and conflict in the 20th century, and America’s role in the post-cold war era.
The course structure will be taken from Thomas Kidd’s two-volume treatment of American History. This follows closely the outline of the AP US History exam, and there will be an optional study group in the spring semester (at extra cost) for students intending to take that exam. The focus of the course is thematic, with an emphasis on how we should understand our history from a Christian perspective and how we should apply our Biblical worldview and the lessons learned from history to the challenges of the 21st century.