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Christ and the Americas, Part One

Using historian Anne Carroll’s popular text, enjoy learning American history (from Columbus to the 1850s) from a strong Catholic perspective.

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)


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

Weeks 2-7: Forming America

Week 2: Discovery

Week 3: The Spanish and the New World

Week 4: English Colonies

Week 5: Colonial Ways of Life

Week 6: Crisis with the English

Week 7: American Independence

Weeks 8-14: Building Tension

Week 8: Establishing Society and Constitution

Week 9: American Catholicism

Week 10: Ascent of Thomas Jefferson

Week 11: Slavery and the West

Week 12: Jacksonian Democracy

Week 13: The Great Compromises

Week 14: The Crisis of the 1850s

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Anne Carroll’s Christ and the Americas, https://www.amazon.com/Christ-Americas-Carroll/dp/0895555948/chrisgooverth-20, ISBN-10: 0895555948 or ISBN-13: 978-0895555946.


Approximately 15 pages of reading from the textbook per week. (Middle school students in this course are exempt from readings.)

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 (three to five pages, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter. (Middle school students in the course must instead write a one- to a two-page book report.)

Weekly extra-credit review quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions. Graded by the computer.

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