Unit Overview

Unit 1: Colonial Foundations (1605-1763)

  • European colonization in North America prompted cultural contact and exchange between diverse peoples; cultural differences and misunderstandings at times led to conflict. A variety of factors contributed to the development of regional differences, including social and racial hierarchies, in colonial America.

Unit 2: Constitutional Foundations (1763-1824)

  • Growing political and economic tensions led the American colonists to declare their independence from Great Britain. Once independent, the new nation confronted the challenge of creating a stable federal republic.

 Unit 3: Expansion, Nationalism, and Sectionalism (1800-1865)

  • As the nation expanded, growing sectional tensions, especially over slavery, resulted in political and constitutional crises that culminated in the Civil War.

Unit 4: Post-Civil War Era (1865-1900)

  • Reconstruction resulted in political reunion and expanded constitutional rights. However, those rights were undermined, and issues of inequality continued for African Americans, women, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Chinese immigrants.