In U.S. History, students will explore the development of the nation from the Civil War to the modern era. The class is split into two components. U.S. History A traces the development of the U.S. from 1870 to 1920, focusing on post Civil War reconstruction, the development of industrialization, problems and reactions to industrialism and America’s movement from isolation to world leadership. U.S. History B traces the development of the U.S. from 1920 to present, focusing on the Great Depression, the New Deal response to the Depression, World War II, Cold War developments after the war and internal reform movements of the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s. Students are able to engage in a variety of instructional methods, including debates, historical discussions, website creation, and others. The class may be used to partially fulfill the American Studies graduation requirement.