Juniors at Moses Brown take a year-long United States history course focused on the expansion of democracy and the interplay between the national government and individual Americans. How did democracy expand in the U.S., and why, and who were the primary actors who made this happen? How have race, gender, and class affected the political development of the United States? Students use the U.S. Constitution as a living guide as they wrestle with these issues.
Students examine the cause-and-effect relationships in multiple-causation scenarios, the decisions made by key historical figures, and challenge arguments of historical inevitability. They identify and describe patterns of continuity and change, and evaluate major debates among historians.
During the course of the year, they study colonial relationships with Native Americans, the slave trade, westward expansion, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age, the New Deal and WWII, and the Civil Rights movement.Inquire