United States History

A thorough review of United States history, from the first settlers of Jamestown, Virginia to the war for independence and the establishment of the fifty states.

The Age of Revolutions

This seminar continues the story of the development of the Western world, beginning in England with the reign of James I through the English Civil War and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy. Students then travel to France to explore the monarchies of Louis XIV, XV and XVI and the French Revolution. The beginnings of the European Industrial Revolution is explored as the curriculum starts to weave economics into politics.

The Industrial Age

Topics of interest cover the period from the mid 18th Century to the mid 19th Century and follows the theme of industrialization and its effects. Students begin with the textile factories of England’s Industrial Revolution to the invention of the steam engine and end with America's own Industrial Revolution, from the expansion of the railroad to the clash between the agricultural South to the industrial North as a basis for the Civil War and the use of slave labor.  Debates on the pros and cons of industrialization in terms of its impact on society and the environment are regular features of class discussion. Additionally, students write several compositions and engage in daily discussions on provocative topics such as slavery, economics, human rights, technology, warfare, and leadership.

Rights for All

Students follow the theme of civil rights from the Reconstruction of the South to present time. Specific topics include the Jim Crow laws, the Women’s Suffrage movement, the Great Depression, Prohibition, FDR’s New Deal, World War I and II. Students contrast dictators like Hitler and Stalin to leaders such as Gandhi and King. Studies conclude with discussions of recent and current events, such as the 9/11 attacks, and the wars in the Middle East, as well as background lessons on the U.S. government, the Bill of Rights, and Constitutional amendments. This class also incorporates a field trip to Washington D.C.

African Geography

This seminar presents a broad overview of the geography, culture and history of Africa. The curriculum encompasses presentations on topics ranging from art to socioeconomic conditions by guest speakers such as Dr. William Watson and "Uncle" Steven Lloyd. Students write compositions on African topography and geography, as well as biographies of African leaders. Readings include Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

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