131 United States History Since 1865

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for seniors not taking 133 AP® United States History (Honors United States History Since 1865)

United States History Since 1865 is a survey course that explores the development of the U.S. as a world power from the Reconstruction era to the present day. U.S. history is traced through the study of American overseas expansion, involvement in World War I, the isolationism of the 1920’s and 1930’s, World War II, and the postwar world to the present day. Special emphasis is given to current events and the post-World War II era. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Compare and contrast economic concepts and principles that develop throughout American history.
  2. Identify and locate major geological locations significant to American history.
  3. Analyze the individuals and groups within the political spectrum that have shaped the American culture and government.
  4. Develop coherent written arguments that have a thesis supported by relevant historical evidence.
  5. Identify and evaluate diverse historical interpretations.
  6. Analyze evidence about the past from diverse sources, such as written documents, maps, images, quantitative data (charts, graphs, tables), and works of art.
  7. Examine relationships between causes and consequences of events or processes.
  8. Identify and analyze patterns of continuity and change over time and connect them to larger historical processes or themes.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. The lasting effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction efforts
  2. The parallels between the Reconstruction era and the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement
  3. Changes in the nation’s population due to expansion and westward migration
  4. Conflicts between the Native Americans and white settlers in the West
  5. The causes of the Great Depression
  6. American involvement in 20th century wars
  7. Cold War conflicts and their lasting effects



This curriculum last updated on January 4, 2019, by the Social Studies Department.