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Ch 24: Major U.S. Historical Eras

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Work through this chapter to study the major eras of American history. These engaging history lessons will help you review important historical time periods from colonial times to today.

Major U.S. Historical Eras - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains several simple and fun lessons that provide a high-level overview of important time periods in United States history, including European colonization, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression and more. You'll define the concept of historical eras and understand the causes and effects of important events throughout U.S. history.

After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define the characteristics of historical eras and recognize how historians categorize periods of time
  • Understand the history and purpose of the nation-state
  • List the effects that European colonization had on the development of the Americas
  • Summarize the Agricultural, Scientific and Industrial Revolutions
  • Comprehend the causes and effects of significant wars, including the American Revolution, Civil War, WWI, WWII and the War on Terror
  • Grasp the significance of American imperialism and the Great Depression

These short and engaging lessons are taught by expert history instructors who highlight the historical definitions, concepts, people and events you need to know. You can make sure you fully understand the chapter material by studying each lesson as many times as needed and taking the included self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson. You can also quickly access the information you need to review with our interactive video timelines and easy-to-navigate dashboard. These lessons can also be accessed at any time using your computer or mobile device.

13 Lessons in Chapter 24: Major U.S. Historical Eras
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Historical Eras: Definition & Examples

1. Historical Eras: Definition & Examples

You've probably heard about various historical eras, but what, exactly, defines them? Who decides where one historical era ends and another begins? In this lesson, we'll learn a bit about some prominent historical eras and how they are categorized.

Nation State: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

2. Nation State: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Discover the definition, history, and purpose of the nation state and test your understanding of how the nation state combines world politics, culture, and history to shape our daily lives.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

3. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

The earliest explorers in the Western Hemisphere left a legacy that would shape the development of the Americas permanently. No matter what they came looking for, Europeans left behind death, horses, and metal.

The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

4. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

5. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.

The Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S.: Events & Innovations

6. The Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S.: Events & Innovations

This lesson examines the Industrial Revolution in Europe and the United States. We will highlight key developments and innovations and explore how the Industrial Revolution transformed society.

Effects of the American Revolution: Summary & History

7. Effects of the American Revolution: Summary & History

In this lesson we explore the effects of the American Revolution, which were felt not just in Great Britain and North America, but across the Western world.

How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South

8. How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South

With the strongest and most productive demographic of society away fighting in the Civil War, the task of running homes, communities, and the nation fell to those who stayed behind. The war on the home front changed their lives forever.

How World War I Affected Society in Europe & The U.S.

9. How World War I Affected Society in Europe & The U.S.

In this lesson we will learn how World War I impacted the American and European societies. We will highlight the important events and themes associated with the World War I 'home front.'

American Imperialism: Definition, Reasons & Rising International Power

10. American Imperialism: Definition, Reasons & Rising International Power

When George Washington left office, he warned against getting drawn into global issues, yet just over 100 years later, the U.S. began its rise to become the dominant world power. What started this rise of American Imperialism?

The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

11. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.

How World War II Impacted American & European Society

12. How World War II Impacted American & European Society

In this lesson, you'll learn about the impact World War II on American and European society. We'll explore the notable social changes and trends brought about by the war.

September 11th & the War on Terror

13. September 11th & the War on Terror

September 11, 2001 was a day of terrorist attacks by radical Islamists against the United States. In New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, nearly 3,000 people were killed. As a result, the United States launched a War on Terror that has lasted over a decade since.

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