U.S. History Overview: Reconstruction to the Great Depression


Resource ID#: 167870 Primary Type: Tutorial


General Information

Subject(s): Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 11
Intended Audience: Students
Suggested Technology: Computers for Students, Internet Connection, Speakers/Headphones
Instructional Time: 15 Minute(s)
Keywords: U.S. History, grade 11, tutorial, Reconstruction, 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, 15th Amendment, Jim Crow laws, Coinage Act, Panic of 1873, Spanish-American War, imperialism, World War I, 18th Amendment, 19th Amendment, Stock Market Crash, USS Maine
Instructional Component Type(s): Tutorial Video/Audio/Animation
Resource Collection: Social Studies - U.S. History Existing Student Tutorials

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After the War: Reconstruction Begins, Part 1:

Learn what happened after the guns of the Civil War fell silent, the beginning of the Reconstruction era, in this 2-part interactive tutorial. You'll learn about Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Radical Republicans, and the impeachment of a president!

After the War: Reconstruction Begins, Part 2 can be found here.

The related tutorial, Deconstructing Reconstruction can be found here.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

After the War: Reconstruction Begins, Part 2:

Learn what happened after the guns of the Civil War fell silent, the beginning of the Reconstruction era, in this 2-part interactive tutorial. You'll learn about Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Radical Republicans, and the impeachment of a president!

After the War: Reconstruction Begins, Part 1 can be found here.

The related tutorial, Deconstructing Reconstruction can be found here.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

America Joins the Great War: Part 1:

Learn how World War I--the Great War--began in Part 1 of this interactive tutorial. You'll also learn why the U.S.A. joined the side of the Allies after years of attempted neutrality.

America Joins the Great War: Part 2 can be found here.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

America Joins the Great War: Part 2:

Learn how World War I--the Great War--began in Part 2 of this interactive tutorial. You'll also learn why the U.S.A. joined the side of the Allies after years of attempted neutrality.

America Joins the Great War: Part 1 can be found here.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Captains of Industry: The Second Industrial Revolution:

Learn some of the differences between the First and Second Industrial Revolutions, as well as key developments that drove the Second Industrial Revolution with this interactive tutorial. You will also learn about some of the leaders of industry during this era, including John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan, and examine how their development of major industries and business practices affected America’s economy during the Second Industrial Revolution.

Check out the related tutorial: The Power of Innovation: Inventors of the Industrial Revolution

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Deconstructing Reconstruction:

Learn about the successes and failures of Reconstruction, one of the most controversial periods of American history, in this interactive tutorial. After the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and "Redeemer" resistance, this remarkably progressive period ended with the Election of 1876.

Check out our other tutorials about the Reconstruction era:

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Imperialism and the Spanish-American War:

Learn about imperialism and understand the 4 major factors that drove Americans' imperial mindset in the late 1800s with this interactive tutorial. Then learn about the causes and consequences of the Spanish-American War and how the U.S.A. gained new territories as a result.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I (Part 1 of 2):

Learn how Americans on the home front experienced World War 1 while helping the U.S.A win the war.  In this 2-part interactive tutorial series, you'll learn about war bonds and the changes WWI brought to America's economy.  You'll also learn how propaganda and new laws against wartime dissent curbed Americans' civil liberties.  Finally, you'll learn how the war lead to increased opportunities for women and African Americans.  

Click below to open Part 2.

Check out the companion series, Over There: Americans at War in World War I. Click below to open parts 1 and 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I (Part 2 of 2):

Learn how Americans on the home front experienced World War 1 while helping the U.S.A win the war.  In this 2-part interactive tutorial series, you'll learn about war bonds and the changes WWI brought to America's economy.  You'll also learn how propaganda and new laws against wartime dissent curbed Americans' civil liberties.  Finally, you'll learn how the war lead to increased opportunities for women and African Americans. 

Click below to open Part 1.

Check out the companion series, "Over There: Americans at War in World War I." Click below to open parts 1 and 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Over There: Americans at War in World War I (Part 1 of 2):

Learn about the experiences of Americans who served "over there" in Europe during World War I in this 2-part interactive tutorial. Learn about doughboys, trench warfare, and some of the WWI veterans who would go to become famous Americans!

Click below to open Part 2.

Check out the companion series, "Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I." Click below to open parts 1 and 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Over There: Americans at War in World War I (Part 2 of 2):

Learn about the experiences of Americans who served "over there" in Europe during World War I in this 2-part interactive tutorial. Learn about doughboys, trench warfare, and some of the WWI veterans who would go to become famous Americans!

Click below to open Part 1.

Check out the companion series, "Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I." Click below to open parts 1 and 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Territorial Behaviors:

Learn the history behind the different territories that belong to the United States, including those that have become states, like Alaska and Hawaii, and those that haven't, like Puerto Rico and American Samoa.  In this interactive tutorial you'll also learn about America's role in the construction of the Panama Canal and the Panama Canal Zone the U.S. controlled.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

War and Peace? (Part 1 of 2):

Learn about the end of World War I and the Paris Peace Conference that followed, from the point of view of the United States and President Woodrow Wilson. In part one of this two-part, interactive tutorial, you'll also learn about the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war with Germany, about the League of Nations, and about Wilson's failure to make the U.S. a part of the newly created international organization.  

Click below to open Part 2

War and Peace? (Part 2)

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War and Peace? (Part 2 of 2):

Experience the end of World War I and the Paris Peace Conference that followed, from the point of view of the United States and President Woodrow Wilson.  In part 2 of this two-part, interactive tutorial, you'll also learn about the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war with Germany, about the League of Nations, and about Wilson's failure to make the U.S. a part of the newly created international organization.  

Click below to open Part 1.

War and Peace? (Part 1)

Type: Original Student Tutorial