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 Biden.

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:

  • 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)

SPRING 2022 (Terms 3 & 4) B Day Schedule*

Tuesday, Jan 18QUIZ – Days 1 & 2 (Road to War / Rise of Dictators) (DUE Jan 20)

Thursday, Jan 20Holocaust Handout (DUE Feb 1)

Friday , Jan 21 – Complete Assignments from Tues / Thur! (Adjusted due to Virtual Learning)

Tuesday, Jan 25 – NOTES – Day 3 – War in Europe

Thursday, Jan 27 – WWII Scavenger Hunt (DUE Feb 3)

Tuesday, Feb 1 – NOTES – Day 4 – War in the Pacific

Thursday, Feb 3Study Guide – WWII (DUE Feb 8)

Friday, Feb 4 – Atomic Bomb Discussion (To Bomb or not to Bomb?)

Tuesday, Feb 8 – Jeopardy / Finish Study Guide

Thursday, Feb 10TEST – WWII

Tuesday, Feb 15Silent Film Viewing Party!

Thursday, Feb 17 – NOTES – Day 1 – The End of WWII / A Cold War Begins

Tuesday, Feb 22 – Space Race Activity

Thursday, Feb 24 – NOTES – Day 2 – Red Scare and Space Race

Tuesday, Mar 1QUIZ – Cold War Beginning and Red Scare

Thursday, Mar 3 – NOTES – Day 3 – Korea and Vietnam

Friday, Mar 4 – Propaganda Cartoons

Tuesday, Mar 8Protest Songs Handout (DUE Mar 15)

Thursday, Mar 10 – NOTES – Day 4 – The End of the USSR

Tuesday, Mar 15Study Guide – Cold War (DUE Mar 22)

Thursday, Mar 17 – Jeopardy

End Term 3 (21 days)


Tuesday, Mar 22TEST – Cold War


Friday, Mar 25 – NOTES – Day 1 – Protest and Civil Rights

Tuesday, Mar 29Protest Sign (DUE Apr 14)

Thursday, Mar 31 – NOTES – Day 2 – The Silicon Age

Spring Break Apr 4-8

Tuesday, Apr 12Quiz – Civil Rights and Silicon Age

Thursday, Apr 14 – NOTES – Day 3 – War on Terror

Friday, Apr 15 – Finish Notes – Day 3 – War on Terror

Tuesday, Apr 19 – NOTES – Day 4 – Obama Trump and Biden

Thursday, Apr 21Study Guide – Millennium (DUE Apr 28)

Tuesday, Apr 26 – Jeopardy

Thursday, Apr 28TEST – Millennium

Friday, Apr 29Letter to the President (DUE May 5) / Final Topic Choosing / Topics and Schedule

Tuesday, May 3Final Project Work (DUE May 10) / Topics and Schedule

Thursday, May 5Final Project Work (DUE May 10) / Topics and Schedule

Tuesday, May 10Final Project Presentations / Topics and Schedule

Thursday, May 12Final Project Presentations / Topics and Schedule

Friday, May 13Final Project Presentations / Topics and Schedule

Tuesday, May 17Final Project Presentations / Topics and Schedule

Thursday, May 19Final Project Presentations / Topics and Schedule

Tuesday, May 24 – Ten Rules for Life (Final Lesson)

Thursday, May 26 – No Classes (End of Year Assembly)

Friday, May 27 – Graduation / Last Day of School

End Term 4 / Semester 2 (21 days)

*SUBJECT TO CHANGE (Changes will be updated weekly on class website and Canvas)

Direct any questions to CPT Curtis at