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Christ and the Americas, Part One

Study the incredible course of American history using the framework of Anne Carroll’s popular textbook.

Total classes: 14

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade. Advanced middle school students are welcome (assignments can be adjusted for younger students)

Suggested Credit: One full semester of American History



Using Anne Carroll’s Christ and the Americas as a framework and guide for the first part of a yearlong study, this course roughly traces American History up through the year 1877. This includes the colonial period, the Revolutionary War, and a narration of the issues which led to the Civil War. Carroll’s frequent references to primary sources will solidify lessons learned. Yet, she goes beyond simple facts and looks at the faith life of historical figures and how that makes a difference.


Week 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments

Week 2: The New World Meets the Old

Week 3: Cortés and Magellan

Week 4: Missionaries and Conquistadors

Week 5: New World Missions

Week 6: France in the New World

Week 7: From England to America

Week 8: The Revolutionary Era

Week 9: The American War for Independence

Week 10: The Birth of the American Government

Week 11: American Catholicism

Week 12: The French Revolution and the New World

Week 13: Spain out of Latin America

Week 14: Manifest Destiny

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Anne Carroll’s Christ and the Americas
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0895555948 or bookfinder.com

ISBN-10: 0895555948
ISBN-13: 978-0895555946

Homework: 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
Also, students will have weekly, optional, short (5-10 minute) quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Wednesdays, September 4 to December 11, 2024. (No class Nov. 27)

Starting Time: 5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central; 3:30 Mountain; 2:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

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