128 United States History to 1865

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for juniors not taking 129 Honors United States History to 1865

United States History to 1865 is a survey course from the 15th century through the Civil War. This course begins with the foundations of American government, including a detailed study of the development and implementation of the federal constitution. The first semester will trace U.S. history through exploration and U.S. independence. The second semester will include U.S. history from independence through the Civil War. Discussion of current events is also included.

The federal constitution and the Missouri constitution exams must be passed to meet graduation requirements.


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

  1. Analyze and explain the origins of a new society in America up to 1783. 
  2. Analyze the challenges of the new world. 
  3. Identify and analyze the catalysts of the American Revolution.
  4. Describe the efforts of America’s founding fathers from 1776-1830 to balance liberty with order.  
  5. Analyze the reforms in American society and the development of international markets affecting the United States.
  6. Describe our emerging new nation from 1800-1860. 
  7. Explain how our nation divided and reunited from 1850-1865. 
  8. Identify key geographic locations.
  9. Create and present multimedia presentations on various topics. 
  10. Research the United States Constitution. 
  11. Supplement classroom instruction through research. 


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Current events 
  2. State and Federal government 


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