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About This Course
The animated video lessons in this U.S. History II certificate course can guide your study of events affecting the U.S. from 1845 through 2013 and help you earn a certificate in as little as two weeks. Begin with short, engaging lessons on the Reconstruction after the Civil War and work your way up through the election of Barack Obama.
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U.S. History II Program Breakdown
Reconstruction and the Gilded Age (1865-1877)
Broaden your understanding of the Reconstruction period after the Civil War with lessons about the new amendments, Westward expansion, the Transcontinental Railroad and Indian policy.
Industrialization and Urbanization (1870-1900)
Revisit the Second Industrial Revolution and learn about the developments that changed American industry. Meet the industrial leaders and hear about the working conditions that common laborers experienced. Study the politics, organizations, growth, reform and daily life in the late 19th century.
The Progressive Era (1900-1917)
Get acquainted with Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressives, the Muckrakers, Woodrow Wilson, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois and the early feminists to learn about their contributions during these years. Find out about government intervention in the economy and widespread political reforms through this chapter.
American Imperialism (1890-1919)
Explore the beginnings of American imperialism and how the effects spread to the Caribbean, Latin America, Hawaii, China and the Philippines. You'll also study the causes of World War I and find out how the war changed after America became involved.
The Roaring 20s (1920-1929)
Return to the culture, life, economy, politics and values of the decade. Focus on Prohibition, organized crime, the Harlem Renaissance, the Ku Klux Klan and the Red Scare to get a true taste of this period.
The Great Depression (1929-1940)
This chapter can help you look at the causes of the Great Depression and its varied effects on Americans. Also, follow Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt to learn about their efforts at reform leading up to World War II.
World War II in America (1941-1945)
Study the causes of World War II and why America declared war. Follow the fighting in the European and Pacific Ocean theaters, and find out what was happening on the home front in the U.S. Learn how the atomic bomb changed warfare and about the diplomacy that brought the war to a close.
Post-War World (1946-1959)
Visit Europe, Asia, the Soviet Union and post-war America to learn about the changes and developments in each country's politics and cultures after the war.
The Cold War (1950-1973)
This chapter can fill you in on Eisenhower's and Kennedy's domestic and foreign policies during the Cold War. Learn the causes of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, in addition.
Protests, Activism and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)
Hear about President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society Program. Meet civil rights activists, hippies, student activists, members of the Women's Movement and other central activist groups of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The 1970s (1969-1979)
This chapter can help you understand President Nixon's foreign policies, involvement in the Watergate scandal and resignation. Also, meet Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter to learn about their political careers.
The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992)
You can come to a clearer understanding of American life in the 1980s and the political atmospheres of Ronald Reagan's and George H.W. Bush's presidencies in this chapter.
Contemporary America (1992-2013)
Study Bill Clinton's domestic and foreign policies, in addition to his later impeachment. Meet President George W. Bush and learn about his domestic agenda and response to the 9/11 terrorist attack. Come to an understanding of the American economy and government policy in 2008, and hear about President Barack Obama's election and accomplishments.
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