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Higher Ed History

Brainfuse assists students in analyzing world and United States history.

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CONTENT

Before 1492: History, government, religion, social structure, and cultural practices of the early inhabitants of Mesoamerica and North America before European contact; Conflict and Conquests: First interactions with the Native Americans; establishment of empires, colonies, and settlements; role of religion; resistance to colonial rule; Colonialization: The Enlightenment and Great Awakening, imperial rule, international trade and the development of slavery, causes and effects of population growth; The American Revolution: French and Indian War, resistance to British Rule, the War for Independence, Articles of Confederation, composing the Constitution; A New Republic: Designing and implementing a democratic government, Federalists vs. Republicans, mothers as educators, Second Great Awakening; growth of slavery and reactions to it; War of 1812; Before the Civil War: Improved infrastructure and transportation open up a national market; industrialization and changes in social and class structures; economic structure of the South; Religious and Social Reforms; Federalism and a Jacksonian Democracy; westward expansion and conflict with Native Americans, the Mexican War; Conflict Between the North and South: Abolitionist movement, Compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, election of Abraham Lincoln; The Civil War: Secession, Emancipation Proclamation; Effects of the war on government, economics, and society; Reconstruction: plan, implementation, and effects of reconstruction, role of African Americans, southern state governments, compromise of 1877, new economic structure for the South, segregation; Westward Expansion: Railroads, conflict with Native Americans, resources, social structure; Effects of Industrialization in the Late 19th Century: Labor Unions, Corporations, Technology, Migration; social movements in reaction to industrialization and evolutionary theory; Urbanization, Political Machines, arts and culture; The development of populism and progressivism; American Imperialism: The nation establishes itself as a world power, and then faces World War I, effects of the first world war on American society and economics; 1920’s: Role of businesses and consumers, modernism, Civil Rights and suffragists; 1930’s: The Great Depression and the New Deal; World War II: The rise of fascism and militarism in Japan, Italy, and Germany; neutrality before Pearl Harbor’s strategies for fighting on more than one front; D-Day, the atom bomb; Homefront: Wartime mobilization of the economy; migration; role of women, civil rights violations; The Cold War Begins: Development of the conflict and political reactions, role of paranoia in politics, culture, and art; The 1950s: Modern Civil Rights Movement stirs, role of conformity, progress in science, technology, and medicine; The 1960s: The Civil Rights Movement, the space race, Vietnam War, antiwar movement, feminist movement; The End of the Twentieth Century: Nixon, economic changes, Carter, Reagan and the end of the Cold War; Demographic changes; Revolutions in biotechnology, mass communication, and computers Politics in a multicultural society; The United States in the Post–Cold War World: Globalization and the American economy; Unilateralism vs. . Multilateralism in foreign policy; Domestic and foreign terrorism; Environmental issues in a global context


CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

Forming a Historical Argument: Developing an open-ended question about the past and responding to that question through analyzing multiple sources of information and drawing a conclusion about that development, event, or time; Using Historical Evidence: Evaluating diverse sources of information about the past and identifying information related to one’s topic, recognizing the biases or points of view each source represents and explaining how it relates to one’s historical argument; Causation: Identifying multiple causes and effects, comparing their significance and extent, then determining whether or not they are related to one another; Patterns: Identifying patterns of continuity and change that emerge over time, analyzing why they occurred, and evaluating their impact; connecting those patterns to larger themes; Periodization: Studying construct models that are used to categorize patterns, movement, or turning points in history; noticing any biases and their impact on the historical narrative; Comparison: Comparing developments within and between societies; Contextualization: Connecting an event to a specific set of circumstances or larger development that may have influenced it; Interpretation: Comprehending and developing multiple interpretations of the past by using diverse historical sources; Synthesis: Drawing conclusions based on extensive and varied forms of research, studies in other fields, studies of a surprising mix of resources, or studies of other historical events