US History II

This course provides a comprehensive presentation of the significant social, political, and economic developments from 1877 to the present. The course is designed to engage students in understanding how shifts in culture, private initiative, public policy, and technology have shaped American history. Critical reading, analysis, and writing will be emphasized as core elements of enhancing lesson understanding. This is a three credit‐hour course; satisfactory completion of the course requires passing a midterm and a final exam.

Course Information

Identify key historical developments from 1877 to the present.

Bloom’s level 1

Analyze social, political, economic, intellectual, and cultural shifts in American society.

Bloom’s level 4

Compare and contrast concurrent and asynchronous historical events.

Bloom’s level 4

Evaluate causal relationships between key themes, characters, and events.

Bloom’s level 6

Advance historiography through analytical emphasis of primary and secondary sources.

Bloom’s level 4

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.

4 Year Regional Public University
2 Year Public College #1
2 Year Public College #2
4 Year Public Research University
 Lesson  Quizzes
64 N/A N/A N/A N/A
 Scaffolded Writing Assignments

1 Annotated Bibliography

1 Academic Journal Artical Review

 Module  Quizzes
12 N/A 13 N/A N/A

Midterm Exam

Final Exam

3 Unit Exams

Midterm Exam

Final Exam

4 Exams 2 Essay Exams
Full Essay Assignments
1 Final Essay N/A N/A N/A 1 Final Essay
N/A N/A 1 Discussion Board

1 Syllabus Quiz

4 Discussion Boards

Participation including a brief presentation.

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.

Purchasing Options


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Courses on Demand

This option is perfect for homeschooling parents and students as well as independent learners. A single license grants a student access to a single course — offered by a TEL Partner Institution utilizing TEL Curriculum. Start learning today!