U.S. History B

Course Description

Continuation of U.S. History A; Historical survey from the post-World War I era (1930) to the present. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, and social events related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies of the Cold War and post-Cold War eras, and reform movements including civil rights. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major events and analyze causes and effects of the Great Depression. Students examine the impact of constitutional issues on American society, evaluate the dynamic relationship of the three branches of the federal government, and analyze efforts to expand the democratic process. Students describe the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created. Students analyze the impact of technological innovations on the American labor movement, and use critical-thinking skills to explain and apply different methods that historians use to interpret the past.

Note: The two semesters U.S. History A and U.S. History B cover the essential elements for the required course credit in U.S. history.

Required Course Materials

Any 1 of the 4 state-adopted textbooks:
Boyer, Paul, and Sterling Stuckey. The American Nation in the Modern Era, Texas Edition. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2003. ISBN 0030653436

Appleby, Joyce, Alan Brinkley, Albert S. Broussard, James McPherson, and Donald A. Ritchie. The American Republic Since 1877, Texas Edition. Columbus, OH: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN 0078280885

Cayton, Andrew, Elisabeth Israels, Perry, Linda Reed, and Allan M. Winkler. America: Pathways to the Present, Modern American History, Texas Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 2003. ISBN 0130629170

Danzer, Gerald A., J. Jorge Klor de Alva, Larry S. Krieger, Louis E. Wilson, and Nancy Woloch. The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell Inc., 2003. ISBN 0618184074

Course Lesson Organization

Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pen required

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 9
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 18
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 9
Computer Graded: 9

Lesson 1: World Events Leading to World War II
Graded Assignment 1
Graded Assignment 2

Lesson 2: Allied Victory
Graded Assignment 3
Graded Assignment 4

Lesson 3: The Post World War II America and The Early Cold War (1943-1952)
Graded Assignment 5
Graded Assignment 6

Lesson 4: The Eisenhower Years (1953-1961)
Graded Assignment 7
Graded Assignment 8

Lesson 5: The Civil Rights Struggle (1954-1968)
Graded Assignment 9
Graded Assignment 10

Lesson 6: The New Frontier and The Great Society (1960-1969)
Graded Assignment 11
Graded Assignment 12

Lesson 7: The Vietnam War and Its Impact on American Society
Graded Assignment 13
Graded Assignment 14

Lesson 8: The Presidencies of Nixon, Ford, & Carter
Graded Assignment 15
Graded Assignment 16

Lesson 9: The Presidencies of Reagan, Bush, Clinton, & Bush
Graded Assignment 17
Graded Assignment 18