Objective: U.S. History - In this course of study, students will survey the history of the United States of America. The course begins with the years leading to the American Revolution and continues to the post-revolutionary period to examine how the Constitution was written. The course continues through the tumultuous antebellum period, and concludes with a look at the trauma of the American Civil War.

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Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Welcome!

  2. 2
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Prerequisite 1 - Historiography - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Historiography, Philosophy, and Enlightenment - Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/8/21)

    • Prerequisite 1 - Historiography - QUIZ

    • Historiography - Images

  3. 3
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Prerequisite 2 - Philosophy - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Prerequisite 2 - Philosophy - QUIZ

    • Philosophy Images

  4. 4
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Prerequisite 3 - The Enlightenment - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Prerequisite 3 - The Enlightenment - QUIZ

    • The Enlightenment - Images

  5. 5
    • Chapter I - A New Nation Introduction

  6. 6
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 1 - The 1740's - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The 1740's - Live Lesson Recording - with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/9/21)

    • A New Nation - Lesson 1 - The 1740's - QUIZ

    • The 1740's - Images

  7. 7
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 2 - The French and Indian War - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 2 - The French and Indian War Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/10/21)

    • A New Nation - Lesson 2 - The French and Indian War - QUIZ

    • French and Indian War Images

    • The French and Indian Wars - Images

  8. 8
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 3 - Growing Discontent - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 3 - Growing Discontent Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/11/21)

    • A New Nation - Lesson 3 - Growing Discontent - QUIZ

    • Growing Discontent - Images

  9. 9
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 4 - A Shot Heard 'Round the World - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 4 - A Shot Heard 'Round the World Live Lesson with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/12/21)

    • A New Nation - Lesson 4 - A Shot Heard 'Round the World - QUIZ

    • Shot Heard 'Round the World - Images

  10. 10
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 5 - The Declaration of Independence - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 5 - The Declaration of Independence Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/16/21)

    • A New Nation - Lesson 5 - The Declaration of Independence - QUIZ

    • The Declaration of Independence - Images

  11. 11
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 6 - The American Revolution - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 6 - The American Revolution Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/17/21)

    • A New Nation - Lesson 6 - The American Revolution - QUIZ

    • The American Revolution - Images

  12. 12
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 7 - Independence and the Treaty of Paris - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • U.S. History - A New Nation - Lesson 7 - Independence and the Treaty of Paris - Live Lesson with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/18/21)

    • A New Nation - Lesson 7 - Independence and the Treaty of Paris - QUIZ

    • Treaty of Paris - Images

  13. 13
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 8 - Early Politics - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 8 - Early Politics Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/19/21)

    • A New Nation - Lesson 8 - Early Politics - QUIZ

  14. 14
    • A New Nation Essay Topics

    • Essay Grading Rubric for Catholic Online School

  15. 15
    • Chapter II - Shaping the Constitution - Introduction

  16. 16
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 1 - Historical Documents - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 1 - Historical Documents Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/22/21)

    • Lesson 1 - Historical Documents - QUIZ

    • Historic Documents - Images

  17. 17
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 2 - Articles of Confederation - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 2 - Articles of Confederation Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/23/21)

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 2 - Articles of Confederation - QUIZ

  18. 18
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 3 - The Constitution Preamble - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 3 - The Constitution Preamble Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/24/21)

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 3 - The Constitution Preamble - QUIZ

  19. 19
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 4 - Articles of the Constitution - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Articles of the Constitution - Live Lesson Recording - with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/25/21)

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 4 - Articles of the Constitution - QUIZ

  20. 20
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 5 - Checks and Balances - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 5 - Checks and Balances Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/26/21)

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 5 - Checks and Balances - QUIZ

    • Checks and Balances - Images

  21. 21
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 6 - The Bill of Rights - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 6 - The Bill of Rights Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/1/21)

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 6 - The Bill of Rights - QUIZ

  22. 22
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 7 - Later Amendments - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 7 - Later Amendments Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/2/21)

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 7 - Later Amendments - QUIZ

  23. 23
    • Shaping the Constitution Essay Topics

    • Essay Grading Rubric for Catholic Online School

  24. 24
    • Chapter III - The American Political System

  25. 25
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The American Political System - Lesson 1 - Are Politics Really Boring? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The American Political System - Lesson 1 - Are Politics Really Boring? Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/3/21)

    • The American Political System - Lesson 1 - Are Politics Really Boring? - QUIZ

  26. 26
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The American Political System - Lesson 2 - Political Parties - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The American Political System - Lesson 2 - Political Parties Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/4/21)

    • The American Political System - Lesson 2 - Political Parties - QUIZ

  27. 27
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The American Political System - Lesson 3 - The Electoral College - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The American Political System - Lesson 3 - The Electoral College - QUIZ

  28. 28
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The American Political System - Lesson 4 - How Laws are Made - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The American Political System - Lesson 4 - How Laws are Made - QUIZ

    • The American Political System - Lesson 4 - How Laws are Made Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/8/21)

  29. 29
    • Chapter IV - U.S. Foreign Policy in the New Republic

  30. 30
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 1 - The War of 1812 - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 1 - The War of 1812 Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/9/21)

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 1 - The War of 1812 - QUIZ

    • War of 1812 - Images

  31. 31
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 2 - The Monroe Doctrine - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 2 - The Monroe Doctrine Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/10/21)

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 2 - The Monroe Doctrine - QUIZ

    • The Monroe Doctrine - Images

  32. 32
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 3 - Native American Treaties - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 3 - Native American Treaties Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/11/21)

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 3 - Native American Treaties - QUIZ

    • Native American Treaties - Images

  33. 33
    • Chapter V - Westward Expansion

  34. 34
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 1 - The Industrial Revolution - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 1 - The Industrial Revolution Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/12/21)

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 1 - The Industrial Revolution - QUIZ

    • The Industrial Revolution - Images

  35. 35
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 2 - Industrialization in America - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 2 - Industrialization in America - QUIZ

  36. 36
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 3 - American Capitalism - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 3 - American Capitalism Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/16/21)

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 3 - American Capitalism - QUIZ

  37. 37
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 4 - Early Immigration - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 4 - Early Immigration Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/17/21)

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 4 - Early Immigration - QUIZ

    • Early American Immigration - Images

  38. 38
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 5 - 19th Century Immigration - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 5 - 19th-Century Immigration - QUIZ

    • Westward Expansion - 19th Century Immigration - Images

  39. 39
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 6 - Slavery - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 6 - Slavery Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/19/21)

    • Westward Expansion - Lesson 6 - Slavery - QUIZ

    • Slavery - Images

  40. 40
    • Chapter VI - The West

  41. 41
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The West - Lesson 1 - Manifest Destiny - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The West - Lesson 1 - Manifest Destiny Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/22/21)

    • The West - Lesson 1 - Manifest Destiny - QUIZ

    • Manifest Destiny - Images

  42. 42
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The West - Lesson 2 - The Role of Women - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The West - Lesson 2 - The Role of Women Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/23/21)

    • The West - Lesson 2 - The Role of Women - QUIZ

    • The Role of Women - Images

  43. 43
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The West - Lesson 3 - The Texas War for Independence - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The West - Lesson 3 - The Texas War for Independence - QUIZ

    • Texas War for Independence - Images

  44. 44
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The West - Lesson 4 - The Mexican-American War - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The West - Lesson 4 - The Mexican-American War Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/25/21)

    • The West - Lesson 4 - The Mexican-American War - QUIZ

    • The Mexican American War - Images

  45. 45
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The West - Lesson 5 - Education in America - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The West - Lesson 5 - Education in America - QUIZ

    • Education in America - Images

  46. 46
    • Chapter VII - Abolition

  47. 47
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Abolition - Lesson 1 - Abolitionists - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Abolition - Lesson 1 - Abolitionists Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/29/21)

    • Abolition - Lesson 1 - Abolitionists - QUIZ

    • Abolitionists - Images

  48. 48
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Abolition - Lesson 2 - Northwest Ordinance of 1787 - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Abolition - Lesson 2 - Northwest Ordinance of 1787 Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/30/21)

    • Abolition - Lesson 2 - Northwest Ordinance of 1787 - QUIZ

    • Northwest Ordinance of 1787 - Images

  49. 49
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Abolition - Lesson 3 - States' Rights - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Abolition - Lesson 3 - States' Rights Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/31/21)

    • Abolition - Lesson 3 - States' Rights - QUIZ

  50. 50
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Abolition - Lesson 4 - Slavery by Other Means - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Abolition - Lesson 4 - Slavery by Other Means - QUIZ

    • Slavery by Other Means - Images

  51. 51
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Abolition - Lesson 5 - Black American Contributions - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Abolition - Lesson 5 - Black American Contributions - QUIZ

  52. 52
    • Chapter XIII - The Civil War

  53. 53
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Civil War - Lesson 1 - Abraham Lincoln - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Civil War - Lesson 1 - Abraham Lincoln Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/5/21)

    • The Civil War - Lesson 1 - Abraham Lincoln - QUIZ

    • Abraham Lincoln - Images

  54. 54
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Civil War - Lesson 2 - The Soldiers of the Civil War - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Civil War - Lesson 2 - The Soldiers of the Civil War Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/7/21)

    • The Civil War - Lesson 2 - The Soldiers of the Civil War - QUIZ

    • Soldiers of the Civil War - Images

  55. 55
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Civil War - Lesson 3 - Battles of the Civil War - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Civil War - Lesson 3 - The Battles of the Civil War - Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/8/21)

    • The Civil War - Lesson 3 - The Battles of the Civil War - QUIZ

    • Battles of the American Civil War - Images

  56. 56
    • Chapter IX - Reconstruction

  57. 57
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Reconstruction - Lesson 1 - The Goals of Reconstruction - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Reconstruction - Lesson 1 - The Goals of Reconstruction Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/9/21)

    • Reconstruction - Lesson 1 - The Goals of Reconstruction - QUIZ

    • Reconstruction - Images

  58. 58
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Reconstruction - Lesson 2 - Freedmen's Bureau - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Reconstruction - Lesson 2 - Freedmen's Bureau Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/12/21)

    • Reconstruction - Lesson 2 - Freedmen's Bureau - QUIZ

    • Freedmen's Bureau - Images

  59. 59
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Reconstruction - Lesson 3 - Amendments to the Constitution - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Reconstruction - Lesson 3 - Amendments to the Constitution Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/13/21)

    • Reconstruction - Lesson 3 - Amendments to the Constitution - QUIZ

    • Amendments to the Constitution - Images

  60. 60
    • Chapter X - A New America

  61. 61
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New America - Lesson 1 - Working Conditions - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New America - Lesson 1 - Working Conditions Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/14/21)

    • A New America - Lesson 1 - Working Conditions - QUIZ

    • Working Conditions - Images

  62. 62
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New America - Lesson 2 - Progressivism - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New America - Lesson 2 - Progressivism - Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/15/21)

    • A New America - Lesson 2 - Progressivism - QUIZ

    • Progressivism - Images

  63. 63
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New America - Lesson 3 - Grangerism and Populism - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New America - Lesson 3 - Grangerism and Populism - Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/16/21)

    • A New America - Lesson 3 - Grangerism and Populism - QUIZ

    • Populism - Images

  64. 64
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New America - Lesson 4 - American Inventions - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New America - Lesson 4 - American Inventions - Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/19/21)

    • A New America - Lesson 4 - American Inventions - QUIZ

  65. 65
    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New America - Lesson 5 - Water Rights - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New America - Lesson 5 - Water Rights - Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (4/20/21)

    • A New America - Lesson 5 - Water Rights - QUIZ

    • Water Rights - Images

Instructor(s)

Director of Education

Professor Marshall Connolly

Professor Marshall Connolly has spent his life in service to God and the Church as an educator and writer. He is a graduate of the California State University system and has earned bachelor's degrees in English and History, as well as a teaching credential. He has completed additional studies at Whitman College, and the University of San Diego. His interests include science and apologetics and he writes on both subjects for Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.