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Course Description:

Modern American History and Culture: United States History from the end of Reconstruction through significant periods of the 20th century and into the 21st century.  The first quarter of study will emphasize the constitutional period, its development and implementation.

Textbook:  Cayton, et al, America Pathways to the Present Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ (2003)


Unit I - Constitutional Development: Creating A New Government

Basic Readings In United States History    US History Outlines & Charts  The Articles of Confederation      The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union

Articles of Confederation vs. The Constitution   

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention    Founding Fathers Biographies        Federalist & Anti-Federalist Positions

Biographies of the Founding Fathers        The Signers of the Constitution    National Park Service: Signers of the Constitution

Constitution Facts    The Constitution of the United States    America's Founding Fathers    Founding Fathers Clip Art   

Project on the Signers of the Constitution:  Each student in the Honors American History class will give a 3 to 5 minute presentation on an assigned Signer (Framer) of the Untied States Constitution.  The student will receive a major test grade for the presentation. The presentation will be in power point format and should include the following

        1. Biographical background of the signer. (See links above)

        2.  The signer's contribution to the Constitutional Convention.

        3.  What role did the individual play after the Constitutional Convention.

        4.  Appropriate illustrations should be given.

        5. Present a print out of the slides to the teacher on the day of presentation which should include a bibliography.


US Government

US House of Representatives 

Apportionment of the US House of Representatives   

The US Senate   


The White House


Supreme Court of the United States Landmark Supreme Court Cases Historical Tour of the White House US Electoral College

Presidents of the United States

US Courts        


Late 19th Century

Digital History

History Matters: US Survey Course on the Web

American President .org

US History Outlines & Charts

Interstate Commerce Act (1887)

 American Experience: Streamliners Timeline



20th Century

New Path to Progress: Panama Canal

History Matters: US Survey Course on the Web    


21st Century        





















Unit I - Constitutional Development

The 13 English Colonies

A Brief History of Jamestown

History of Jamestown

  Virtual Jamestown

Scholastic Plymouth Colony

 Plymouth Colony

Plymouth: Its History & People

The Massachusetts Bay Colony

Massachusetts Bay Colony 1630

 Rhode Island

  Connecticut History

 The Connecticut Historical Society


Frame of Government Pennsylvania 1682

Pennsylvania Colony



Colonial Political Practices        


Britain's New Policy for the colonies & drive for Independence        


Creation of Constitutional Laws