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Modern History

United States and World History from 1850 to Present



Jennifer Edmunson


Class size:

minimum 8, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time:

(Tues-2) 10:10-11:30


Pre-requisites for class:



Graduation requirement:

1 history credit or  see options below

  • Course Description

United States history is best studied in the context of the greater World in which it resides.  While History doesn't repeat itself, it does rhyme and we can learn to see themes that cross across centuries and millennia and apply those to current World situations.

Some of the events covered include the Victorian Era; North versus South; Before the Great War; World War 1; Between the Wars; World War II; The Cold War; and Wars in the Middle East.  While studying these topics we will use original sources, maps, and literature.  

  • Classwork / Homework

Students will engage in presentations/lectures, learn note taking, class discussion, independent study, classical literature, memorization, original documents activities, and even food, to use the past as a lens to understand our current world. Students will print homework assignments from our Google classroom to complete weekly assignments.    Each student will also keep a binder of all notes, maps, homework, timeline, handouts, for a final grade.

  • Graduation Requirements

This class satisfies 1/2 US History - 1/2 World History and 1/2 Geography Credit.

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
  • Required Books & Materials
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Year 4 Modern History Companion

ISBN:  1942405073

available in e-book or hardcopy


(Discount code: 2023CLASSROOM15 when used at


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northop


The Great Gatsby

by F Scott Fitzgerald



by Laura Hillenbrand

(NOT the Young Adult version)

*Other texts to be determined by June

  • 2” 3 ring binder 

  • Reinforced notebook paper - No spiral notebooks

  • Writing utensils

  • Binder pocket dividers (4)

  • Map pencils or fine markers

  • Scissors

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