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U.S. History II

U.S. History II

Sophia's US History II course will build student knowledge of key events and figures in the history of the United States from the post Reconstruction era through 2015. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and consideration of multiple perspectives through the analysis of primary sources. Additionally, students will learn how to think like a historian through source analysis and application of historical lenses. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: Social Science

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U.S. History II

Course Description
Sophia's US History II course will build your knowledge of key events and figures in the history of the United States from the post Reconstruction era through 2015. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and consideration of multiple perspectives through the analysis of primary sources. Additionally, you will learn how to think like a historian through source analysis and application of historical lenses.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 16 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Interpret or analyze a primary source to draw conclusions about a historical event.
  • Apply different historical lenses in order to critically analyze historical events.
  • Understand the historian's craft and tools to analyze and interpret history.
  • Draw connections between events of the past and the present.
  • Understand the economic, social, political, and cultural climate of the period following Reconstruction in the United States through modern day.
  • Recognize ways in which political and cultural trends helped to shape American politics.
  • Understand factors that lead to the US involvement in foreign wars.
  • Understand the people, successes, and movements associated with Civil Rights during the mid 20th century.
  • Identify the primary initiatives, accomplishments, or downfalls of the presidential administrations between the era of reconstruction and modern day.
  • Recognize ways in which political parties and practices have evolved over time between the era of reconstruction and modern day.

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

by Justin S. on July 17, 2020
questions don't always line up with the text. and it is very evident that the author of this has strong liberal views.
by Elizabeth K. on July 9, 2020
Much of the language is outdated, most notably the use of "African Americans" where "Black people" or "Black Americans" would be much more appropriate. Also, there is an instance of the use of the phrase "homosexuals and lesbians," which, unless it is a direct quote, is absurd because lesbians are homosexual. LGBTQ+ is the accepted language here.
by kyle r. on July 18, 2020
Many questions were inconsistent with the reading. Many typos made the questions and answers wrong.
by Tracy G. on July 13, 2020
WIth History being my favorite subject, I was excited to take this course. First, there is great information in this course. Next, the milestones are difficult if you did not read the material fully. There were instances I had to go back and reread sections. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys history and enjoys reading about history.
by Christian P. on August 29, 2020
Unfortunately for the writing of these courses, U.S. History I and II, I am myself an amateur historian. The course author makes a point of historiography, but then turns around and paints these courses with a liberal color. We hear from conservative sources that academics are mostly Marxists. In the U.S. History I course, right in the beginning the author makes a reference to Karl Marx! And it was not a dis! He actually states a quote of Marx as a valid opinion! Throughout the courses, Christian religion is maligned. The past is judged by the standards of the present, which you do not do with historiography. A disingenuous approach is taken by selective presentation of facts. He does not tell the "whole truth." One big example in the II course is the election where we got Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton only won because Ross Perot divided the conservative vote, and that is the only reason we got him.
by Luke C. on July 26, 2020
Very obvious liberal bias and agenda driven course.
by Regina F. on July 22, 2020
Highly politically and social justice motivated. Would be nice if it focused more on facts and less on opinions and stressing a viewpoint
by Vivien O. on September 17, 2020
Condemns anything that isn't part of the leftist agenda. Glosses over important events that didn't have to do with social reform.


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