In this course, students seek to understand the political, cultural, and economic evolution of the United States, from 1763 to the present day. The focus is on critical periods of change in U.S. history. Such periods include: the Revolution and Early National Period, Jacksonian Democracy and Indian Removal, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age and the Progressive reaction, the Great Depression and the New Deal, Post WWII America, the Civil Rights Movement, the Great Society and the conservative reaction, and the rise of globalism. Focusing in this way allows students to look deeply into those major turning points that have shaped the United States today. Students continue to develop key skills such as debating, cooperative group work, essay writing, public speaking and presentations, and research paper writing through the LaGuardia Project.