The American History Class at Bucks County Technical High School is the required Social Studies class for all tenth-grade students. The emphasis in the American History class is finding out how the United States evolved into the nation it is today. It pays attention to both the triumphs and challenges America has faced over the past century and a half and asks students not so much to memorize names and dates from the past, but understand how the past helped us get to the present.
The American History class focuses heavily on the major events of the 20th Century and spends some time looking at the late 1800s as well as the events of the 21st Century. The class is broken down into the following units:
Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877)
The Gilded Age (1865-1900)
The Progressive Era (1890-1920)
The US as a World Power (1890-1918)
The Roaring Twenties (1920-1929)
The Great Depression (1929-1941)
World War Two (1939-1945)
Post War America (1945-1963)
Challenges to America (1963-1980)
Modern America (1980-present)
Academic American History offers a curriculum designed to prepare students for college-level work. It is open to all students whether they are planning to go to college or not and does require reading and written assignments outside of the classroom.