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A Nation Made by Conflict: America’s Wars

Follow the exciting story of the French and Indian War, the Civil War, and more.

Total Classes: 14

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: none

Suggested Grade Level: High School (Adjustments can be made to assignments in order to accommodate Middle School students.)

Suggested Credit: One full semester American History


American history, in many ways, is composed of military conflicts. The causes, battles and results of those wars have had immense ramifications upon America and Americans, felt even today. This course examines three aspects of the conflicts: First, what caused America’s wars, with an emphasis on the ideological causes. Second, the battle tactics and broad strategies which affected the wars’ outcomes. Third, the major ideological and political ramifications of each war.


Week 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments

Week 2: Conflicts of the Colonial Period

Week 3: The Revolutionary War

Week 4: The War of 1812

Week 5: The Mexican American War

Weeks 6-8: The Civil War

Week 9: The Spanish-American War/War in the Philippines

Week 10: WWI

Weeks 11-12: WWII

Week 13: The Korean War

Week 14: The Vietnam War

Materials and Homework

Course Materials:  The Wars of America, Robert Leckie, ISBN-10: 0785809147 or ISBN-13: 978-0785809142 (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0785809147/chrisgooverth-20 or on bookfinder.com


Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short (3-5 page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter. 

NOTE: Middle School students taking this course may instead write a 1-2 page book report

Readings- OPTIONAL: about 20-30 pages per week.  NOTE: The readings infrequently contain strong language (e.g., a military officer cursing in frustration), and therefore, the readings in this class are always optional. Some families may choose to do all of the readings in order to enhance their edification, but there is no penalty on the grade for not doing the readings. Parents and guardians should exercise their judgment. Middle School students are discouraged from doing the readings.

Students will have one short (5-10 minute), ungraded review quiz per week based on classroom lectures & discussions, and optional reading.

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