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By the beginning of the 20th century, the United States had begun to emerge as a leading world power. During the first half of the the world wars, you will be able to recognize the forces that shaped the current United States of America.
Course: HST-121, Media: B, DTB, DTB-DL or LP, Lessons: 9
Course ID: HST-121
Adult Continuing Education and High School Programs
By the beginning of the 20th century, the United States began to emerge as a leading world power. During the first half of the century, this young nation not only strengthened its identity at home, but it also played a key role in the world wars that marked this period. By reviewing the critical events of the world wars, you will be able to recognize the forces that shaped the current United States of America.
This course in the U.S. History series is based on Units 7 to 9 of the textbook, A History of the United States. This course is divided into three modules, which are further divided into lessons.
Each course in the U.S. History series earns 0.5 unit. Therefore, students who complete all four courses in the series will earn a total of 2 units.
Nine assignments are submitted to the instructor.
Average Completion Time
approximately 9 months
Supplementary Course Materials
Objectives and Content
Module 1, based on Unit 7 of the textbook, includes Lessons 1 to 3.
After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to
1. describe how and why the United States expanded internationally
2. examine the country's rise as a sea power
3. discuss the reasons for and the outcome of the Spanish-American War
After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to
1. describe the role of Theodore Roosevelt in the Progressive Era
2. identify the reform movements during this period
3. examine the main events and character of the Taft administration
4. discuss the presidency of Woodrow Wilson
5. analyze U.S. foreign policy in the early 1900s
After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to
1. examine why and how the United States became involved in World War I
2. describe how the Americans helped end this world conflict
3. discuss how World War I affected society and industry
4. summarize the events surrounding the Versailles Treaty
Module 2, based on Unit 8 of the textbook, includes Lessons 4 and 5.
After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to
1. discuss reactions to World War I
2. describe the administration of Warren G. Harding
3. examine the elections of 1924 and 1928 as well as the Coolidge administration
4. analyze American society during the 1920s
After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to
1. discuss the economic boom of the 1920s
2. analyze the stock market crash and its implications for the United States
3. summarize the events that foreshadowed the outbreak of World War II
4. describe the presidential election of 1932
Module 3, based on Unit 9 of the textbook, includes Lessons 6 to 9.
After completing Lesson 6, you will be able to
1. describe Roosevelt's New Deal to cure the depression
2. examine how the United States shifted from recovery to reform after the 1934 congressional elections
3. analyze the effects of the New Deal on American life
After completing Lesson 7, you will be able to
1. describe the efforts to solve the farmers' problems in the 1930s
2. discuss the difficulties of African-Americans during the New Deal years
3. examine the changing roles of women during this decade
4. analyze the struggles of labor and the growth of labor unions during this period
After completing Lesson 8, you will be able to
1. describe the causes of World War II and the sentiment for neutrality on the part of the United States
2. examine the spread of war in Europe as well as U.S. efforts to aid the Allies
3. discuss American involvement on the various war fronts
After completing Lesson 9, you will be able to
1. describe the effects that mobilization for war had on the United States
2. examine the events that began to favor the Allies around 1942
3. discuss the course of the war in Europe until its conclusion at the conference at Yalta
4. summarize the cost and significance of World War II, including the impact of dropping the atomic bomb