This course combines the text, For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States 1607-2012, with supplemental in-class presentations and lectures to guide students chronologically through the history of the United States military from the Revolutionary War through the War on Terrorism. We will review major themes, tactics, battles, weaponry, industrialization, and personnel for all branches of the military in wars and conflicts including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Indian Wars, World Wars I & II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the War on Terror. In addition to the broad view, we will also focus on the story of the soldier in the trenches and the bomber in the skies. While this study will require some global focus to fully understand each conflict, the focus of this course is on the efforts of the U.S. Military and their ideology and initiatives in conjunction with those of the adversaries.
U.S. Military History
Notes and Requirements
Mature Content: Due to the unavoidable graphic nature of some of the material, the course is limited to students in grades 10-12.
Transcript Planning: On a TPS transcript this course lists for credit as an Academic Elective.
Reviews from Students and Parents
“I was a student who needed a U.S. history credit, but was not interested in a generic U.S. history class. When I saw that U.S. Military history was an option I jumped at it. The class fully lived up to my expectations! I enjoyed it extremely, the workload was not too heavy and I could easily balance it with my other classes. The teacher always kept the lectures interesting with new, amazing material each week. Sometimes documentaries were assigned for us to watch… some short, some long, but they were not boring at all. Even the longest two hour video kept my attention the whole time! I had not learned or known anything about military, weapons, or wars, but that did not hinder my grades or learning. I would recommend this class to anyone that wants something a little different for their U.S. history credit! I loved it!”