• This course is designed to allow students to discover how conflict, compromise, and change shaped the formation and early years of the United States. Students will study the historical, geographical, cultural, civic, and economic aspects of a variety of case studies ranging from European exploration and settlement of North America to the end of the American Revolution (1st Semester), and the drafting of the Constitution to the aftermath of the Civil War (2nd Semester). Students will hone their reading, writing, and discipline-specific thinking skills as they engage in inquiries such as exploring how decisions made by early US presidents influenced and continue to influence the development of American society.