This course examines the major turning points in American history beginning with colonization and then the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of our constitution, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of 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 world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation. The Quality Core standards provide both the framework and pace of this class. This is an End of Course assessment class, ending in an exam which will count as 20% of the year's grade. The curriculum and academic expectations will be differentiated to accommodate gifted and highly motivated students.