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History 104: US History II

Watch history video lessons and learn about the leaders, movements, wars and other things that shaped the modern day United States. Take self-assessment quizzes to make sure you understand the material. 

About this Course

This History 104: U.S. History II course details the country's history from 1865 to the present. Our experienced, knowledgeable instructors have assembled these short yet comprehensive video lessons to teach you about U.S. history, from Reconstruction to modern-day politics. You'll learn about influential figures, including presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama, while exploring major historical events, such as the Great Depression, the civil rights movement and the Cold War. You can test your history knowledge through the self-assessment quizzes that accompany our video lessons.

Course Topics

CategoryObjectives
Reconstruction and the Gilded Age 1865-1877 Explore the goals, successes and failures of Reconstruction. Take a look at the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, the move into the West, the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and conflicts involving the Native Americans.
Industrialization and Urbanization 1870-1900Examine the economic policies, labor conditions, politics, unions, immigration and urbanization that occurred during industrialization. Also take a look at influential people of this time, such as Andrew Carnegie.
The Progressive Era 1900-1917 Study Theodore Roosevelt, the Muckrakers and Woodrow Wilson. Learn more about how the government worked to improve daily life, business regulations, African Americans during this period, early feminism and women's suffrage.
American Imperialism 1890-1919 Discover how the U.S. increased its international power and imperialism in Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, study the Spanish-American War and World War I.
The Roaring 20s 1920-1929 Examine life in the 20s and see how urban culture, economics, politics, art and literature were affected. Also find out about other important aspects of this period, like the Harlem Renaissance, the Ku Klux Klan, eugenics, the Red Scare, the Scopes Trial and the Scottsboro Boys.
The Great Depression 1929-1940 Take a look at this unsettling period of history and the Wall Street crash of 1929. Study other causes of the Great Depression, the presidencies of Hoover and Roosevelt, the Second New Deal and the U.S's isolation from the tensions in Europe.
World War II 1941-1945 Explore World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor and D-Day. In addition, study the Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb and the politics of the war, and reflect on both world wars.
Post-War World 1946-1959 Examine Europe, Asia, the Soviet Union and America after the war. Take a look at American post-war politics, life and culture.
The Cold War 1950-1973Discover the Cold War and the Korean War. Learn more about McCarthyism, life in America during the Cold War, the Space Race, Eisenhower, Kennedy and the Vietnam War.
Protests, Activism and Civil Disobedience 1954-1973 Analyze President Johnson, the civil rights movement, hippies, student activism, the feminist movement and other activism of this era.
The 1970s 1969-1979 Explore some of the hot topics from this period, such as Nixon, Middle East trouble, Roe v. Wade, Watergate, the Ford presidency and the Carter presidency.
The Rise of Political Conservatism 1980-1992 Take a look at America in transition, including Ronald Reagan, Reganomics, foreign affairs during Reagan's presidency and the end of the Cold War. Also learn about Desert Storm and George H.W. Bush's presidency.
Contemporary America 1992-2013 Explore the U.S since 1992 and learn more about the 1992 election, Clinton and the new democrats, Clinton's foreign policy and Congress in the late 90s. Move into learning about the election of 2000, George W. Bush's domestic agenda, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the war on terror. Continue on to learn about Bush's second term, the economy in 2008, Barack Obama and the election of 2012.

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