American History Outline

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Lecture One:

  • 1 The Key to Mastering History
  • 2 Periods in American History
  • 3 Why America?
  • 4 Organizing History
  • 5 Pre-Columbian Period
  • 6 Exploration (Columbian Period)
  • 7 Successful Settlements
  • 8 The Colonies
  • 9 Economic System
  • 10 Topics for Discussion

Lecture Two:

Lecture Three:

  • 1 State Constitutions
  • 2 The Articles of Confederation
  • 3 Foreign Policy Problems under the Articles of Confederation
  • 4 Financial Problems under the Articles of Confederation
  • 5 The Land Ordinance and The Northwest Ordinance
  • 6 Shays' Rebellion
  • 7 The Constitutional Convention
  • 8 George Washington's Presidency
  • 9 Other Events of the 1790s
  • 10 The Presidency of John Adams

Lecture Four:

  • 1 Revolution of 1800
  • 2 Jefferson Administration
  • 3 The Marshall Court
  • 4 The War of 1811
  • 5 The Conservative President: James Monroe
  • 6 The Election of 1814, also the Steamboat
  • 7 Jacksonian Democracy
  • 8 Post-Jackson
  • 9 Slavery 1800-1840
  • 10 Other Developments 1800-1840

Lecture Five:

  • 1 The "Accidental Presidency"
  • 2 The Alamo
  • 3 1840s: Social Movements, Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion
  • 4 James K. Polk and War with Mexico
  • 5 Taylor, Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850
  • 6 President Franklin Pierce and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • 7 "Bleeding Kansas"
  • 8 Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln: Irreconcilably Different
  • 9 The Debate over Slavery
  • 10 James Buchanan
  • 11 The Election of 1860
  • 12 The North and South: Strengths and Weaknesses
  • 13 Antebellum (pre-Civil War) State Admissions

Lecture Six:

  • 1 Secession
  • 2 Civil War - 1861-1861
  • 3 The Trent Affair
  • 4 Civil War - 1863-1865
  • 5 Surrender
  • 6 President Andrew Johnson
  • 7 Reconstruction
  • 8 Other Happenings During the Civil War and Reconstruction Periods
  • 9 Grant Administration

Lecture Seven:

  • 1 Yankee Ingenuity
  • 2 The Election of 1880
  • 3 The Grange Movement
  • 4 Big Business and Big Oil
  • 5 The "Gilded Age"
  • 6 Bimetallism
  • 7 Unions and Immigrant Workers
  • 8 Indians and the Frontier
  • 9 Tariffs and an Income Tax
  • 10 The Conservative Democrat
  • 11 Preparing for the "Turn of the Century"

Lecture Eight: Review for the Midterm Exam.

Midterm Exam.

Lecture Nine:

  • 1 Election of 1896
  • 2 Imperialism
  • 3 Spanish-American War
  • 4 More Imperialism
  • 5 Progressive Movement

Lecture Ten:

  • 1 Teddy Roosevelt
  • 2 Social trends and Court decisions
  • 3 1909 to 1914
  • 4 World War I
  • 5 Post-World War I
  • 6 Social Darwinism
  • 7 Scopes Trial

Lecture Eleven:

  • 1 The Roaring Twenties
  • 2 The Great Depression
  • 3 FDR, the New Deal, and Preparing for War
  • 4 World War II
  • 5 Cold War
  • 6 Communist Infiltration
  • 7 United Nations
  • 8 Immigration

Lecture Twelve:

  • 1 The Cold War (continued from last lecture)
  • 2 The 80th Congress
  • 3 The Korean War
  • 4 Post World War II Culture
  • 5 The Warren Court
  • 6 Civil Rights
  • 7 The "Great Society"
  • 8 The Vietnam War
  • 9 ERA and Abortion

Lecture Thirteen:

  • 1 The 1970s
  • 2 President Ronald Reagan
  • 3 Gulf War
  • 4 Clarence Thomas
  • 5 Bill Clinton
  • 6 21st Century
  • 7 The Supreme Court
  • 8 A Very Brief History of America
  • 9 Review for Final Exam

Final Exam.

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