This academic course examines the major turning points in American history beginning with the events directly following the American Civil War. From there, we will explore the major reform movements, the changing nature of business and government, foreign intervention, the Great Depression, Second World War, the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality.

The course extends to the modern day. Contemporary issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation.