The US History 8 course explores the birth and development of America with special focus on the geography, economy, government, military, foreign affairs, concepts of democracy and the people who helped to shape the new nation. It will examine Colonial America and the events that lead to revolution and independence from England. Students will examine the United States Constitution and the major debates that helped to shape the young Republic. Students will also study Westward Expansion and the affects it had on Native Americans, the land and other nations. They will examine the causes and main events that lead to the American Civil War, study the complex issues connected to American Reconstruction and comprehend the economic as well as social factors that contribute to American Industrialization.