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United States History

Offered 2020-2021!

  • Time: Wednesdays, 12:30-1:45 pm
  • Tuition: $50/month (10 months, August-May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee OR online
  • Credit: 1 history credit
  • Grades: 9-12 AND middle school strong readers
  • One-to-one Tutorials: Students will also have opportunities for one-to-one tutorials to discuss with the tutor how they can improve their written work.
  • Required Texts: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions/translations are listed below)
    • Gwynne’s Grammar (ISBN: 9781984897961)
    • McClay’s Land of Hope – ISBN: 9781594039379
    • ed. Rossiter, The Federalist Papers – ISBN: 9780451528810 (Includes the complete Federalist Papers, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and all Amendments)
    • Gentz’ The Origin and Principles of the American Revolution (Liberty Fund, ISBN: 9780865978201)
    • de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (University of Chicago Press, trans. Mansfield and Winthrop, ISBN: 9780226805368)
    • Selected primary source documents (Available from the Tutor; Includes works or selections from works such as Franklin’s Autobiography, Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth, and speeches of the Founding Fathers, Lincoln, Douglass, Wilson, Coolidge, Roosevelt, and Reagan)

Students will learn about the significance of the United States. The course will begin with an extensive study of the nation’s colonial era and its growth from the Western Heritage that laid a solid foundation for the new republic. The remainder of the course will show the strengths and struggles of the nation and the more recent departure from the nation’s foundation of liberty, as ideological and political movements of the late-nineteenth and the twentieth centuries led the nation to abandon the Constitution.

Assessment. Each semester, students write one essay using classical essay structure, write one research paper, and take two exams. At the conclusion of each semester, all students participate in Defense Day by giving a brief presentation on a topic of their choice from the course and responding to questions.

You can pair this course with United States Literature!

You can add Academic Writing to this course!

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