This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others. 

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Contemporary U.S. History (1988-2020)

We all can see what is going on around us but we don’t always see how contemporary events affect us in the long term. In this course, students will see the whole picture to get a historicized and critical conceptualization of recent history.

Total classes: 13

Prerequisite: None. However, Modern U.S. History: 1865-2000 (live Fall 2023), and Modern European History: 1789-1991 (recorded, Unlimited Access) are strongly recommended.

Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade. However, 9th to 10th graders with above-average reading skills can be successful as well. No middle school students please.

Suggested credit: One full semester American History


This final course in Mr. Campbell’s U.S. History series follows the fortunes of the United States from its position of unrivaled global supremacy at the end of the Cold War, through the boom of the 90s and into the post-9/11 world. This class will help students understand contemporary national and global events in light of the historic and cultural shifts of the past 25 years.


Week 1: The Bush Presidency

Week 2: The Democratic Insurgency

Week 3: Problems Domestic and Foreign (1993-1999)

Week 4: Culture and Counterculture

Week 5: Towards 9/11 and Beyond

Week 6: The Iraq War

Week 7: Years of Angst

Week 8: Meltdown and Recovery

Week 9: The Obama Revolution and Reaction

Week 10: The Surveillance State

Week 11: The March of Liberalism

Week 12: The Age of Trump

Week 13: Crossroads of America

Materials and Homework

Course materials: FREE primary source materials will be provided electronically by the instructor.

Homework: Weekly reading assignments, weekly quizzes, and weekly short essay questions. Estimated 2 hours per week.

Important Dates

Class dates: Tuesdays, January 9 to April 16, 2024. (No class Feb. 13 or March 26)

Starting times

10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)


4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)

Duration per class: 55 minutes

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