Crash Course US History Teacher Curriculum


Learn about the history of the United States with the Crash Course US History video series organized chronologically into nine units, each with a teacher curriculum, student curriculum, student handouts, and videos with host John Green. This course begins with the initial contact between American Indians and European settlers all the way to modern times, always looking at the details within their broader historical context.

  • A New World: 1491 – 1607 | Crash Course US History

    Learn the complex societies of early inhabitants of North America and the impact of European “discovery” of North America with the Unit 1 Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, US History videos. Host John Green describes the Native Americans who lived in what is now the US prior to European contact, the first sustained European settlement in North America, and the impact this had on the peoples and land of North America.

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • Colliding Cultures & Colonial Society: 1607 – 1754 | Crash Course US History

    The Unit 2 Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, US History videos describe the diverse patterns of colonization of the Europeans in North America and the resulting conflicts between the various groups of colonizers and native peoples. Host John Green describes this, some of the different groups involved, and some of the complicated factors that created the US.

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Road to Revolution And a New Nation | Crash Course US History

    Discover how Britain’s attempts to exert tighter control over its North American colonies and the colonial pursuit of self-government led to the Revolutionary War. In the Unit 3 Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, US History videos, host John Green describes some of the factors that led to revolution and the subsequent development of the US government and politics that we still have today.

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Early Republic | Crash Course US History

    Learn about the development of democracy, the growth of political parties, and a new national culture in the US with the Unit 4 Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, US History videos. Host John Green describes Thomas Jefferson, a founding father and third president of the United States, the War of 1812 between the United States and its former colonial overlord England, how the role of women evolved, and other events at this time in the US.

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • A Nation Divided | Crash Course US History

    Learn about the period in US history with rising tensions between the North and South, mainly due to the issue of slavery, with the Unit 5 Teacher Curriculum and Crash Course, US History videos. Reconstruction and
the Civil War ended slavery, altered relationships between the states and the federal government, and led to debates over new definitions of citizenship. Host John Green takes us through the election of Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War, and Reconstruction.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • The Seeds of Modern America | Crash Course US History

    This unit follows the era after the American Civil War, which saw many of the seeds of modern America planted. Technology continued to improve, with inventions like the electric light bulb, telephone, and radio revolutionizing the industrial world. Host John Green describes the new industrial economy and growth, westward expansion, and the Gilded, which included massive inequality in the US.

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • The American Empire | Crash Course US History

    Discover the period of US history from the Gilded Age through the end of World War II, with this unit. The US became a rising global power and played a role in stemming fascism at this time. Host John Green covers the Progressive Era, American imperialism, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.

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    Grades: 9-11,13+
  • The Cold War and the Struggle for Equality | Crash Course US History

    In this unit, students will learn about the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union, as the US expanded its influence in a quest to stop the spread of global communism. Host John Green describes the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the rise of Communism.

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • Toward a New Millennium | Crash Course US History

    This unit describes the new millennium, beginning with the presidency of Ronald Reagan. This era saw the implementation of many policies of the New Right and the end of the Cold War, when the US emerged as the only legitimate superpower. Host John Green covers the Reagan Revolution, the end of the Cold War, the War on Terror, and the election of the first African American President, Barack Obama, who began to move the US back toward a progressive agenda.

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    Grades: 9-13+

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