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U.S. Military History

Course Catalog ID:
Subject Categories:
History, Social Studies / Social Science

This course combines the text For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 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.

Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
Notes and Conditions

Mature Content: Due to the unavoidable graphic nature of some of the material, the course is limited to students in grades 10-12. We have taken care to avoid gratuitous content, but there is no provision for students who are not prepared to encounter mature or distressing narrative and imagery.

“This class has been amazing to take this year! As someone who is fascinated by military history and the evolution of the dynamic of war throughout the ages, this course suited me well. The essay assignments this year were not stressful and actually kept me engaged and interested in the topics we were studying. As someone who hates writing, I can say that the writing in this class is fun and leaves room for creativity. I would recommend this class to anyone who enjoys history, the United States, and military history.”

Hunter B

“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!”

Nyah R
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