Almost There?: Ike to Reagan






The course as a whole will emphasize social history, with particular attention to areas traditionally ignored: race, class, gender, and ethnicity.
-- The Eisenhower Era
-- The Stormy 1960's
-- Vietnam
-- The Seventies
-- The Resurgence of Conservatism: Reagan. Note: The AP exam currently ends with Reagan.
-- AP Review Sessions and exam. The review sessions will consist of a mandatory three evenings/three hours per evening. It is also expected that in final preparation for the AP exam, students will attend Sunday classes.


-- Practice critical reading and outlining skills
-- Develop critical thinking skills through the comparative-history approach
-- Listen and participate actively in discussion, debate, presentation, and cooperative activities
-- Construct historical arguments based on complex (and potentially conflicting) data
-- Relate the impact of geography on political, social, and economic developments
-- Examine and interpret primary source materials
-- Construct and interpret timelines and charts
-- Identify the role of individuals in historical events


Major Texts
-- The American Pageant, 11th ed, by Houghton-Mifflin
-- A People's History by Howard Zinn

-- PBS's Africans in America
-- PBS's The West
-- PBS's Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years
-- CNN's Cold War
-- HBO's Letters Home from Vietnam

Instructional Strategies

-- Discussion
-- Lecture
-- Group Work
-- Guided Practice, (e.g. How to set up a DBQ essay)
-- Review Drills


-- Discussions
-- Quizzes
-- Flashcards
-- Exams, both multiple choice and essay
-- Practice DBQ's
-- Simulations and semester projects
-- Review Activities


-- Students will demonstrate an understanding that history is an argument. This will be accomplished through the use of traditional and revisionist texts taught in a comparative approach.
-- Students will develop successful strategies for reading difficult texts, e.g. marginal notes, flashcards, outlining, etc.--- Students will develop critical thinking skills by analyzing complex and contradictory historical data to arrive at original thesis statements.
-- Students will sharpen writing skills through the practice of writing clear, persuasive essays.
-- Students will improve oral presentations skills by wrestling with difficult questions of national identity both in Socratic discussions and organized debates.
-- Students will explain the origins of American involvement in World War II, with an emphasis on the events that precipitated the attack on Pearl Harbor.
-- Students will discuss the constitutional issues and impact of events on the U. S. home front, including the internment of Japanese Americans and the restrictions on German and Italian resident aliens; the response of the administration to Hitler's atrocities against Jews and other groups; the roles of women in military production; and the roles and growing political demands of African Americans.
-- Students will discuss the decision to drop atomic bombs and the consequences of the decision (Hiroshima and Nagasaki).
-- Students will analyze the effect of massive aid given to Western Europe under the Marshall Plan to rebuild itself after the war and the importance of a rebuilt Europe to the U. S. economy.
-- Students will examine Truman's labor policy and congressional reaction to it. Likewise, students will be able to address the increased powers of the presidency in response to the Cold War.
--Students will trace the origins and geopolitical consequences (foreign and domestic) of the Cold War and containment policy, including the following: The era of McCarthyism, instances of domestic Communism (e. g., Alger Hiss) and blacklisting, The Truman Doctrine, The Berlin Blockade, The Korean War, The Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the 'mutual assured destruction' doctrine, and disarmament policies, The Vietnam War and Latin American policy
-- Students will discuss the diffusion of the civil rights movement of African Americans from the churches of the rural South and the urban North, including the resistance to racial desegregation in Little Rock and Birmingham, and how the advances influenced the agendas, strategies, and effectiveness of the quests of American Indians, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans for civil rights and equal opportunities
-- Students will successfully demonstrate their knowledge and writing skills by scoring a three or higher on the AP US History Exam in May