US History

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Colonial America

This podcast covers basic facts concerning early American colonization and the Thirteen colonies.  Jamestown, Massachusetts Bay, Pennsylvania, New Netherlands, and Rhode Island are discussed as well as the reasons and people involved in their formation.

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Setting the Stage for Revolution

Thid podcast covers events and circumstances leading up to the Revolutionary War.  Concepts such as mercantilism and salutary neglect are covered as well as events leading to the war.

The Revolutionary War

This podcast covers some key events relating to the American Revolution.  Also discussed are some of the main ideas of the Declaration of Independence such as the social contract theory.

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The Constitution

This podcast summarizes some of the key events leading to the ratification of the Constitution such as the Great Compromise, the Three-Fifths Compromise, as well as the roles of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.  It also summarizes many of the key provisions and terms including the concepts of federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, the elastic clause and other similar principles.

The New Nation

This podcast discusses the New Nation!  Key ideas concerning Washington, Adams and Jefferson are included as well as the Louisana Purchase, and the origin of political parties.  Hamilton's financial plan and early domestic and foreign issues are also covered.

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Additional information is available below for President James Madison.

Early 1800's- Nationalism and Sectionalism

This podcast discusses the economic differences of the north and south after the War of 1812, and the beginnings of industrialization, nullification and sectionalism.  Increased nationalism is also discussed with the examples of the Monroe Doctrine and Gibbons v Ogden.  Jacksonian Democracy is covered as well as Jacksons role in the Indian Removal Act and National Bank controversy.

The 1800's Reform Era

This is a short review podcast discussing some key facts about the Reform Era following the War of 1812.  Topics include the Abolition, Temperance, and women's rights initiatives.  Important people of the period include Dorothea Dix, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, as well as others!  The Second Great Awakening and religious revival facilitates the focus on the individual and needed reforms.

Westward Expansion and the Civil War

This podcast reviews some key ideas about the issue of slavery and the expansion west as well as the Civil War.  The discussion reviews the definitions of market revolution, and manifest destiny while covering the purposes of the Missouri Compromise, Compromise of 1850 and popular sovereignty in the Kansas Nebraska Act.  Key events in the Civil War are also discussed including the Emancipation Proclamation, and Gettysburg. The discussion concludes with a review of the results of the Civil War. 

The Reconstruction Period 1865- 1877

This podcast discusses the post Civil War Reconstruction period.  It includes discussion of the goals of the period, the problems and its legacy.  Covered are Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan, the Reconstruction Act, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, and vocabulary including black codes, scalawag, home rule and redemption.


Late 1800's- The Populist Movement and Industrialization

After the Civil War the west continued to expand.  The Homestead Act and transcontinental railroad led to growth of towns and cities as well as farming and the cattle industry.  Farmers faced problems and organized a grassroots platform and Populist party which proposed many changes in election, tax and economic policy.  A desire to counter deflation and increase the money supply called for "free silver" to back the dollar.  Industry also expanded as a result of new technological advances and natural resources and labor force.  Many individuals became wealthy including Andrew Carnegie and John D, Rockefeller.  Working conditions worsened and unions began to organize. 

Late 1800's- Urbanization and the Gilded Age

The late 1800's and early 1900's marked a new wave of immigration, changes in the cities, the dawn of mass culture, and the emergence of the political machine.  It was the Gilded Age!

Early 1900's-The Progressive Era


 It is the dawn of the 20th Century, and a new type of reform movement emerges to deal with the problems resulting from industrialization and the Gilded Age. The Progressive Era presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson will all address the problems of the country during the early 1900's.

Imperialism and World War I

The 20th Century brought a period of increased involvement in international affairs for the United States.  A desire for new markets and raw materials began the new foreign policies of the Progressive Era.  Roosevelt's "Big Stick Policy" as well as Taft's "Dollar Diplomacy" resulted in United States involvement in Latin America.  Woodrow Wilson would also continue this trend and eventually bring the United States to it's role in World War I. The results include the Panama Canal, many new territories and the growth of the Unites States as a world power.

Click here for more on WWI!  Watch an interactive map of the war in Europe from the BBC.  Great! Kiss

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Post WWI, Great Depression and New Deal

The post war economic boom led to a new lifestyle in America.  The Twenties were roaring with a new culture.  Americans were producing at record rates, during a new prosperity which ultimately led to the fall of the stock market and Great Depression.  Various approached were taken to deal with the economic hardships of the depression.  Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program would make the largest impact with it's expansive programs, many of them still in place to help Americans today!  Money mouth

The US in World War II

Listen and review some key ideas concerning the US and WWII.  Initially, the United States response to the war was one of neutrality.  The United States would supply war materials under the Lend-Lease Act.  The bombing of Pearl Harbor would bring the United States direcyly involved in an second world war.  The result, however, would be victory for the Allies and a stronger United States.  The Soviet Union would also emerge as a powerful nation, leading the world into the Cold War period.

Post WWII-The Cold War & The Fifties

One of the results of World War II was the emergence of two strong superpowers- The United States and the USSR.  Conflicting political and economic systems gave rise to tension short of war known as "The Cold War".  We also saw an economic boom in the 50's.  The GI Bill gave many returning veterans opportunities for education, homes and businesses.  It is the time of "the American Dream" with increased prosperity, consumerism, and a great deal of conformity in American Society.

The New Frontier, The Great Society, and Civil Rights Movement

The sixties brought with it much change and conflict.  The Cold War still existed between the US and the Soviets.  New optimism was spreading, however, as a result of the promise of the new President, John F. Kennedy.  His assassination would shock the world and lead to a new era with President Johnson and his "Great Society" vision.  Both presidents would be faced with racial conflict, and the civil rights movement would begin.  Dr. Martin Luther King and many others would lead the fight for justice and equality in our society.

The Vietnam War and 1960's

The Vietnam War and 1960's were a very difficult time in United States history.  The country went through very divisive times with the Vietnam War as well as the rebellion and rejection of the traditioal values of the 1950's.  The result of this period would be a move in to the 1970's and beyond with a more conservative view and approach to politics and lifestyles.

President Richard Nixon

President Nixon's term began a new conservative movement in response to the 1960's.  He successfully ended the war in Vietnam, but became the only US president to resign from office as a result of the Watergate affair.  Let's listen! Laughing

Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan

We begin our discussion in this podcast with the troubled presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.  President Ford faced a backlash from the Watergate era, and President Carter's policies in the Iran Hostage Crisis led to division.  Ronald Reagan defeated Carter and returned politics to a more conservative policy.  Listen for the rest of the story!  Smile

Presidents Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush

We finish our review with discussion of Presidents George Bush, William Clinton and George W. Bush.  President Clinton, a Democrat, breaks the string of conservative Presidents.  Following his two terms, the country returns to a conservative approach with George W. Bush.  The tragic attacks upon the United States on September 11, 2001 led to s series of events including a war in Iraq.  Listen and review!