US History & Government

Welcome to US History & Government 

United States History is the academic study of people, events, groups, movements, and ideologies that have dramatically shaped and impacted the development of the North American continent.  Beginning in the Colonial Period and ending in the 21st century, this course will allow students to analyze and understand how and why the United States of America has become one of the most powerful and unique nations in the world.  Students will also be given the opportunity to investigate what it means to be an American citizen in this day and age.
In June 2016, all students will be expected to take and pass the New York States Regents Exam in United States History.  This examination will evaluate each student’s ability to identify and analyze the impacts that American policies and citizens have had both domestically as well as on the world at large.

Note: Homework for this course can be found the Homework page (here) or the Calender (here


Introductory Assignment: 

Lets begin by trying to identify what is the United States.  In your notebooks write for the next five (5) minutes with the following beginning 

"The Unites States is ................................."

It is important that you write for the full time period. Write down anything that comes to mind that would complete the sentence (you should be able to think of at least one possible ending, if not many).  If you get stuck, you can/should provide supporting evidence for you initial idea(s) - Why is the US what you say it is? What evidence can you provide to support your assertion?)  

Other Interpretations of the United States: 
The following link will take you to a photo essay that offers a picture portrait of different part of our nation, thereby creating a particular perspective of what the United States might/could be. 

Below is another perspective of how America might/could be described, captured in the words of Woody Guthrie and performed by Bruce Springsteen.

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