US History II

US History II

American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”
– James Baldwin

“In the course of American history, great steps are taken by ordinary people, and ordinary people are not perfect.”
– Tommy Lee Jones

“We are not makers of History. We are made by History.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

   U.S. History II begins where U.S. History I (usually 8th Grade) should have left off – with the end of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Thus, this year-long class for Juniors will study the rise of the United States as a Global Superpower, from the Turn of the Century and Industrial Revolution, through World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the Modern War on Terrorism, stretching into Iraq, Afghanistan, and President Trump.

Of the many lessons that Cadets should glean from this course, foremost is this – We live in a global world, and the conflicts of their generation tie directly to those of the previous ones.

The Course is divided into the following units:
– Review / Themes of History
Unit 1Westward Ho! / Industrial Revolution / Spanish American War
Unit 2Progressive Reforms / WWI
Unit 3Roaring Twenties / Great Depression
Unit 4Rise of Dictators / WWII
Unit 5Cold War / Civil Rights Era / Korea & Vietnam
Unit 69/11 / War on Terror / Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beyond
Final Projects

A few key reminders:

  • The Link for “live stream” is
  • A recording for the beginning of each class (TO INCLUDE THE JOURNAL QUESTION) will be posted.
    That recording WILL include entire lectures, activities, or projects, but NOT quizzes, tests, etc.
  • While lectures will be recorded and streamed, the PPT and PDF versions of each PPT is also available on the schedule.
  • Direct any questions to CPT Curtis at

U.S. History II (B1, B2, B4, B5) – B Day Schedule – 2020-2021 (2nd Semester (3rd and 4th Term)


(From Thurs, Jan 14) Quiz – Dictators and Road to War (NOTE: This Quiz goes on THIRD Term’s Grades)
(NOTES – Day 1 – The Rise of Dictators, Day 2 – Road to War)

Tuesday, Jan 19Day 3 – War in Europe  (NWEA Testing in Afternoon*)

Thursday, Jan 21*Due to NWEA Testing, Class today will be the notes from Tuesday for those who were testing

Tuesday, Jan 26WWII Scavenger Hunt / Posters for Hunt (DUE Jan 29)

Thursday, Jan 28Holocaust Handout (DUE Feb 4)

Friday, Jan 29Atomic Bomb Discussion (For those present)

Tuesday, Feb 2Silent Film Viewing / Voting for Oscars

Thursday, Feb 4Day 4 – War in the Pacific

Tuesday, Feb 9Study Guide – WWII (DUE Feb 16)

Thursday, Feb 11 – Finish Study Guide / Jeopardy / Test Prep


Tuesday, Feb 16 – (Due to Online-Only Day) Four Freedoms Activity (DUE Feb 18)

Thursday, Feb 18TEST – WWII / Extra Credit Article

Tuesday, Feb 23Day 1 – The End of WWII / A Cold War Begins

Thursday, Feb 25Day 2 – Red Scare and Space Race

Friday, Feb 26QUIZ – Cold War and Space Race

Tuesday, Mar 2Space Race Activity (PHOTOS FROM COMPETITION)

Thursday, Mar 4Day 3 – Korea and Vietnam

Tuesday, Mar 9 – ACT Testing (Juniors Only)

Thursday, Mar 11 – Protest Songs Activity (DUE Mar 12)

Friday, Mar 12 – Propaganda Cartoons (Soviet and American)

Tuesday, Mar 16 – Day 4 – The End of the USSR

Thursday, Mar 18 – Study Guide – The Cold War (DUE Mar 25)

End Term 3 (21 days)
Begin Term 4


Tuesday, Mar 23 – Jeopardy / Test Prep

Thursday, Mar 25 – TEST – The Cold War

Tuesday, Mar 30 – Day 1 – Protest and Civil Rights

Thursday, Apr 1 – Protest Sign Handout (DUE Apr 13)

Friday, Apr 2 – Day 2 – The Silicon Age


Tuesday, Apr 13 – QUIZ – Civil Rights and Silicon Age

Thursday, Apr 15 – Day 3 – War on Terror

Tuesday, Apr 20 – 9/11 Lesson and Discussion

Thursday, Apr 22 – Day 4 – Obama to Trump

Friday, Apr 23 – Letter to the President (DUE Apr 29)

Tuesday, Apr 27 – Study Guide / Millennium

Thursday, Apr 29 – Jeopardy / Test Prep

Tuesday, May 4 – TEST – Millennium

Thursday, May 6 – Final Project Work

Friday, May 7 – Final Project Work

Tuesday, May 11 – Final Project Presentations

Thursday, May 13 – Final Project Presentations

Tuesday, May 18 – Final Project Presentations

Thursday, May 20 – Final Project Presentations

Friday, May 21 – Final Project Presentations

Tuesday, May 25 – Ten Rules for Life (Final Lesson)

Thursday, May 27 – TBD

Friday, May 22 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL / Graduation

End Term 4 / Semester 2 (22 days)

Direct any questions to CPT Curtis at