High School – United States History

USAIn high school, students explore people, events, and movements in U. S. history from the 1870s to the present with a focus on inquiry into the changes in society, economic development, and the emergence of the United States as a global power. An emphasis is placed on analyzing and evaluating a variety of documents, sources, and perspectives. The study of U.S. history from the late 19th century to the present requires that students generate and research compelling questions such as:

  • How do Americans define freedom and equality and how have American conceptions of freedom and equality changed over the course of U.S. history for members of various racial, ethnic, religious, and gender minority groups?
  • Is America a land of political, economic, and social opportunity?
  • What was the significance of Connecticut’s contribution to America’s story?
  • Is the United states a “just” society and how has the concept of justice evolved over time?
  • Is there an American national identity; what does it mean to be an American?
  • What should be the current role of the United States in world affairs?
taken from the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks, 2015 (pp. 128-145).

HS – Church & State in the “Land of Steady Habits”

Has there ever been complete separation of church and state in Connecticut? Was there religious freedom in colonial Connecticut? What was the relationship between church and state in early Connecticut (1639-1818)? Who were some of the people/groups advocating for a separation of church and state in early Connecticut? To what extent were there successful challenges […]


HS – A Connecticut Lawyer Stands for Human Rights

Edward Dorgan Lewis S. Mills High School, Burlington To what extent is the international community responsible for the protection of human rights? What was the purpose of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany from 1945-1946? How did the United States assist in the prosecution of Nazi war crimes? What role did Connecticut lawyer Thomas […]


HS – “Women of Connecticut: Are You Helping?” The Reaction to Emergency Food Measures During World War I

Christine Gauvreau, Project Coordinator, Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, Connecticut State Library Do government campaigns to promote “voluntary” patriotic efforts in a time of war strengthen or weaken American democracy? What did the U.S. Food Administration and the Connecticut Committee on Food Supply hope to accomplish with the food pledge campaign? What methods were employed to […]


HS – “Saved.” Theodate Pope and the Sinking of the Lusitania

To what extent has the United States succeeded in remaining neutral in times of war or global conflict? Why did so many people take the risk of sailing aboard the Lusitania on May 1, 1915? Did the sinking of the Lusitania make it inevitable that the United States would enter World War I? How did […]


HS – Connecticut Prepares for War, 1917

How does the role of government change in a time of war? What did the State of Connecticut do to prepare for war prior to April 1917? What were the goals of the Connecticut military census? How did the government and/or the census committee deal with (or plan to deal with) resistance to the census? […]

Peach Pit Hogshead

HS – Joining the War Effort, One Peach Pit at a Time

How does an entire society participate in war?

Letter from Charles F. Coughlin to his mother, November 16, 1917

HS – Over There: A Connecticut Soldier in France

How do you measure the cost of war?


HS – The Immigrant Experience During World War I: Enemy Aliens

How did the government effort to mobilize and monitor the Connecticut home front during World War I affect the immigrant experience and conceptions of national identity?

Detail of the pamphlet American Ideals

HS – Beware Thy Neighbor? German Americans in Connecticut during WWI

Has America always been a “Land of Opportunity” for immigrants?

W. E. B. Dubois in the office of The Crisis

HS – Black World War I Veterans Demand Civil Rights

How did World War I impact the struggle for civil rights in Connecticut and America?

World War I enlistment banner

HS – Enlist Now! Selling Sacrifice to the People of Connecticut, 1917

Why do people enlist in the military?


HS – “Making Munitions is a Woman’s Job” During World War I

What impact did the women of Connecticut have on the Great War (WWI)?

Waterburian Held for Reviling Flag; Another Tries to Kill Soldier

HS – Free Speech and Seditious Speech on the CT World War I Home Front

Does free speech exist in a time of war?

We closed the road to Paris

HS – World War I Propaganda

What role does propaganda play in a time of war?

Hill-Stead workers and overseer Allen Cook, ca. 1913

HS – Is That a Mastodon?! A Case Study in Civic Responsibility

To what extent are we, as citizens, responsible for the care of accidentally discovered natural faunal specimens?


HS – The Civilian Conservation Corps in Connecticut

How did the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) impact Connecticut during the Great Depression and today?


HS – On the Move: The Bicycle, Women, and Social Change in the 19th Century

To what extent are technology, fashion, and social reform interconnected?


HS – Connecticut Women and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

How have American concepts of freedom and equality changed since the 1870s? How might the changes be perceived differently by different segments of the population?


HS – Roots of Labor Unrest in Progressive-Era CT

What were the causes of the labor unrest that roiled Connecticut in the years between 1900 and World War I?


HS – African Americans in Progressive-Era CT: The Battle over the Jack Johnson Fight Film

What does the battle over the Johnson-Jeffries fight film tell us about the social position of African Americans in Progressive Era Connecticut?


For more great high school resources visit the High School Toolkit on the History of Voting offered by Connecticut Explored magazine.