CHA3U1-American History

Course Description:


"It is the principal of rational discourse, of tolerant debate that this course is dedicated"   -Adapted from Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in American History


This course examines the development of American social, political, and economic structures from pre-colonization to the present day. Students will analyze the chronology of events and evaluate the roles played by specific individuals and groups throughout American history. Students will conduct research and analysis, and communicate, in a variety of ways, their knowledge and understanding of the country that is Canada’s closest neighbour and most important cultural influence and economic partner.


In this course, you will be expected to provide evidence that you can:


Analyze the process of continuity and change in the context of key events in American History (e.g. A1. Historical Inquiry: use the historical inquiry process and the concepts of historical thinking when investigating aspects of American history;

A2. Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills developed through historical investigation, and identify careers in which these skills might be useful.

B1. Social, Economic, and Political Context: analyse the significance, for different groups in the United States, of various social, economic, and political practices and developments prior to 1791 (FOCUS ON: Continuity and Change; Historical Perspective)

B2. Communities, Conflict, and Cooperation: analyse relations between various groups, and between different groups and the environment, in the United States prior to 1791, and assess the impact of these interrelationships (FOCUS ON: Historical Significance; Cause and Consequence)

B3. Identity, Citizenship, and Heritage: analyse how some individuals and a variety of social and political forces prior to 1791 affected the development of identity, citizenship, and heritage in the United States (FOCUS ON: Continuity and Change; Historical Perspective)

C1. Social, Economic, and Political Context: describe various social, economic, and political events, trends, and developments that occurred in, or affected people in, the United States between 1791 and 1877, and assess their impact (FOCUS ON: Historical Significance; Continuity and Change)

C2. Communities, Conflict, and Cooperation: analyse developments affecting interrelationships between different groups in the United States, and between the United States and other countries, from 1791 to 1877 (FOCUS ON: Cause and Consequence; Historical Perspective)

C3. Identity, Citizenship, and Heritage: analyse the impact of various people, policies, and practices on the development of identity, citizenship, and heritage in the United States between 1791 and 1877 (FOCUS ON: Continuity and Change; Historical Perspective)

D1. Social, Economic, and Political Context: describe various social, economic, and political events, trends, and developments in the United States between 1877 and 1945, and analyse their key causes and consequences (FOCUS ON: Cause and Consequence; Historical Perspective)

D2. Communities, Conflict, and Cooperation: describe significant issues that led to conflict and cooperation in the United States between 1877 and 1945, and analyse the impact of these interactions (FOCUS ON: Historical Significance; Continuity and Change)

D3. Identity, Citizenship, and Heritage: analyse the impact of various policies, groups, and cultural and technological developments on identity, citizenship, and heritage in the United States between 1877 and 1945 (FOCUS ON: Cause and Consequence; Historical Perspective)

E1. Social, Economic, and Political Context: describe various social, economic, and political events, trends, and developments in the United States since 1945, and analyse their key causes and consequences (FOCUS ON: Cause and Consequence)

E2. Communities, Conflict, and Cooperation: analyse how various events and developments have affected specific groups in the United States, and relations between the United States and other countries, since 1945 (FOCUS ON: Historical Significance; Continuity and Change)

E3. Identity, Citizenship, and Heritage: analyse how various groups, trends, and cultural developments have affected identity, citizenship, and heritage in the United States since 1945 (FOCUS ON: Historical Significance; Historical Perspective)