A History of the Republic to 1877
Revised by Dale Rajala


Role of the teacher: model, coach, articulate, reflect, explore.


Student Outcomes:

1. Become active learners and take a responsible role in the instructional learning process.

2. Become more involved in the instructional process that require active student participation.

3. Engage in levels of thought beyond the knowledge and recall levels in order to apply understandings and demonstrate skills.

4. Participate in assessing their own progress by understanding expectations and being able to demonstrate acquired knowledge.

5. Study, reflect, evaluate, derive meaning and significance in a historical context.


Unit 1: The World of the Americas


  • Chapter 1: The American Land

    - Different Land

    - Different climates

  • Chapter 2: The First Americans (Prehistory -1600)

    - Studying the first Americans

    - Peoples of North America

    - Great Empires in America

  • Chapter 3: Europeans Explore America

    - The changing world of Europe

    - Search for new routes to Asia

    - Exploring the New World

    - Early claims to North America

  •  Overview

    - Life in the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans and Americans.

    - Societies and politics of Africa, the evolution of the slave trade.

    - European societies, trade, explorations of the 15th and 16thcenturies.

    - First contacts between Americans and Europeans; the consequences.

    - European conquest and enterprise in the Americas.

    - Local History of the Great Lakes and Northwest Wisconsin; fur trade, community development, geographical significance, place in American history.


Unit 2: Settling the New World


  • Chapter 4: Planting Colonies (1530-1690)

    - Spain builds a large empire

    - French and Dutch colonies

    - English settlers in Virginia

    - The Pilgrims at Plymouth

  • Chapter 5: English Colonies Take Root (1630-1750)

    - New England Colonies

    - Middle Colonies

    - Southern Colonies

    - Governing the Colonies

  • Chapter 6: Life in the Colonies (1630-1775)

    - New England Way of Life

    - Breadbasket Colonies

    - Two ways of life in the South

    - A new a American Culture

    - Growth and Change

  • Local History Unit: Colonial History of Local Wisconsin

  • Intersection of Empires: Indian, French, and English

  • Overview

    - Early settlements and colonies - Colonists relations with Native Americans

    - Colonial labor and North American Slavery

    - The Family and role of women and minorities in the British Colonies

    - Intellectual and religious characteristics of colonists in each geographical area.


Unit 3: The Struggle for Independence


  • Chapter 7: Crisis in the Colonies (1745-1775)

    - Competing for Empire -Showdown in North America

    - Trouble Over Taxes

    -The Split Widens -The Shot Heard 'Round the World

  • Chapter 8: The American Revolution (1775-1783)

    -Fighting Begins

    -Declaring Independence

    -Dark Days of the War

    -Other Battlefronts

    -Victory at Last

  • Chapter 9: Creating a Government (1776-1790)

    - The First American Government -The Constitutional Convention

    -We, the People -Ratifying the Constitution

  • Overview

    - American responses to the new British Imperial System

    - Escalating crisis over taxation

    - The first battles and the Declaration of Independence

    - The American Revolutionary War

    - The writing of state constitutions (1777-1781)

    - The National Government under the Articles of Confederation

    - The Constitutional Convention and debate over ratification


Unit 4: Strengthening the New Nation


  • Chapter 10: The First Presidents (1789-1800)

    -The New Government at Work

    -Staying Neutral

    -Political Parties

    -Adams Takes a Firm Stand

  • Chapter 11: Age of Jefferson (1801-1816)

    -Jefferson Takes office

    -The Nation Doubles is Size

    -Dangers at Sea

    -War Fever

    -The War of 1812

  • Chapter 12: The Nation Prospers (1790-1825)

    -The Industrial Revolution

    -The Way West

    -Changing Times

    -America's Neighbor's

  • Overview

    - The first presidential administrations and rise of political parties.

    - The Age of Jefferson; new party, Louisiana Purchase, impressments

    - The War of 1812

    - Economic nationalism at home; the Monroe Doctrine abroad

    - The Industrial Revolution; energy, manufacturing, and transportation

    - Economic Nationalism at home: Monroe Doctrine abroad


Unit 5: A Growing Nation


  • Chapter 13: Age of Jackson (1824-1840)

    -The People's Choice -Jackson Takes Office

    - Tests of Strength -Jackson's Successor's

  • Chapter 14: Westward Ho! (1820-1860)

    -Oregon Country

    - The Lone Star Republic

    -Looking Toward the West

    -War with Mexico

    -From Sea to Shining Sea

  • Chapter 15: Two Ways of Life (1820-1860)

    - Industry in the North

    - Life in the North

    - The Cotton Kingdom

    - Life in the South

  • Chapter 16: The Reforming Spirit (1820-1860)

    -Crusade against Slavery -Rights for Women -Reform Marches On

    -Creating an American Culture

  • Overview

    - The northern economic system

    - The southern economic system

    - Reformers before the Civil War

    - Westward expansion and Indian removal

    - Texas independence and the Mexican-American War

    - The emergence of American culture and literature


Unit 6: The Nation Divided


  • Chapter 17: The Coming of the Civil War (1820-1860)

    - Differences over Slavery

    - A Great Compromise

    - Adding Fuel to the Fire

    - A new Political Party

    - The Union is Broken

  • Chapter 18: The Civil War (1860-1865)

    - The Call to Arms - On the Battle Lines

    - Free at last

    - Life in Wartime

    - The Tide Turns

  • Chapter 19: The Road to Reunion (1864-1877)

    - Restoring the Union

    - The President and the Congress Clash

    - Changes in the South

    - A New Era in National politics

  • Overview

    - The election of Abraham Lincoln

    - Secession and the Federal Response

    - The Union tested: a Divided North goes to war

    - Rising opposition to Slavery: the Emancipation Proclamation

    - 1861-63: Southern leadership and strategy is prevailing

    - 1863-65: Grant, Sherman, and military defeat of the Confederacy

    - The Stages of Reconstruction

    - Northern reformism collapses; Southern white power returns

    - The election of 1876; the end of Reconstruction


The Case for Primary Sources:

1. Documents:

- should be engaging.

- must connect to the curriculum.

- should have an analysis tool.

- should have an assessment tool.

- must be placed into historical context: local, state, national

- must relate to a theme.

- should relate to other disciplines in the social sciences

-What motivated the author?

2. Research Programs:

- Historical Papers

-Museum Exhibits



-Electronic field trips

3. What if?

-Take any moment in time and change it.

4. Internet sites:

Examples: National Archives, History .org/nhce, American legacy documents, treaties, etc.




1. Memoirs

2. Diaries

3. Interviews

4. Role-playing

5. Cartoon analysis

6. Songs


*Combined with reflection and interpretation


Revised 08/25/2008  


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