• flag Welcome to Ms. Baker's Honors U.S. History! 

    This course traces the development of American society, politics and economics from Reconstruction to current times. We will focus on the specific periods, persons and events of the greatest significance. It will include comparisons of past and present events to provide you with an understanding of the complete American History. It is also my goal for students to think as historical scientists by building opinions and beliefs based on historical and current content we learn. Due to this being an honors course, there will be an emphasis on writing and document analysis. This course will act as a training ground for future AP courses.

    I look forward to learning with you this semester! Please contact me with any questions - sbaker3@parkwayschools.net


  • The Harlem Renaissance: A Brief History with Documents

    by Jeffery Brown Year Published: 2008

    The Harlem Renaissance ― the unprecedented artistic outpouring centered in 1920s and 1930s Harlem ― comes down to us today, says Jeffrey B. Ferguson, as a braiding of history, memory, and myth. To analyze the movement’s contents and meaning, Ferguson presents its signature works and lesser known pieces in a framework that allows students to examine the issues its writers and artists faced. Political theorists and civil rights activists, as well as poets, artists, musicians, and novelists, explore the character of the so-called New Negro, the influence of African and Southern heritage, the implications of skin color and race and gender, and the question of whether black artistic expression should be directed toward the black freedom struggle. Ferguson’s thought-provoking introduction provides the broad background for the Harlem Renaissance and a frank assessment of its significance. A glossary of key individuals and journals, document headnotes and annotations, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography help students understand the context of this artistic outpouring and investigate its themes.

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  • Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s

    by Frederick Lewis Allen Year Published: 1931

    Prohibition. Al Capone. The President Harding scandals. The revolution of manners and morals. Black Tuesday. These are only an inkling of the events and figures characterizing the wild, tumultuous era that was the Roaring Twenties. Originally published in 1931, Only Yesterday traces the rise if post-World War I prosperity up to the Wall Street crash of 1929 against the colorful backdrop of flappers, speakeasies, the first radio, and the scandalous rise of skirt hemlines. Hailed as an instant classic, this is Frederick Lewis Allen's vivid and definitive account of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating decades, chronicling a time of both joy and terror--when dizzying highs were quickly succeeded by heartbreaking lows.

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  • Rough Riders

    by Theodore Roosevelt Year Published: 1899

    Along with Colonel Leonard Wood, Theodore Roosevelt instigated the founding of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry in 1898 at the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Nicknamed the “Rough Riders” by journalists, the Cavalry engaged in several battles. This is Roosevelt’s best-selling account of one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history.

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  • The Souls of Black Folk

    by W.E.B. DuBois Year Published: 1903

    This landmark book is a founding work in the literature of black protest. W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963) played a key role in developing the strategy and program that dominated early 20th-century black protest in America. In this collection of essays, first published together in 1903, he eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind. He also charges that the strategy of accommodation to white supremacy advanced by Booker T. Washington, then the most influential black leader in America, would only serve to perpetuate black oppression.

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  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    by Erik Larson Year Published: 2015

    On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. 

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  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    by Isabel Wilkerson Year Published: 2010

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

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  • Manila and Santiago: The New Steel Navy in the Spanish American War

    by Jim Leeke Year Published: 2009

    Manila & Santiago tells the history of the U.S. Navy’s operations in the Spanish War of 1898. This was America’s first “two-ocean war,” in which the decisive battles at Manila Bay and Santiago de Cuba were separated by two months and ten thousand miles. Our “new steel navy” came of age during this quick, modern little war. The battles were decided by colorful officers today largely forgotten ― by “Shang” Dewey in the Philippines and “Fighting Bob” Evans off southern Cuba. By Jack Philip conning the Texasand Constructor Hobson scuttling the Merrimac. By “Clark of the Oregon” pushing his battleship around South America. By Admiral Sampson and Commodore Schley, ending splendid careers in controversy. Beside these figures stood middle-aged lieutenants and overworked bluejackets, green naval militiamen and on-board correspondents, and the others who fought or witnessed the pivotal battles.

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  • The Trouble They Seen: Black People Tell the Story of Reconstruction

    by Dorothy Sterling Year Published: 1976

    Most histories of Reconstruction deal primarily with political issues and the larger conflicts between Democrats and Republicans, notherners and southerners. The Trouble They Seen departs from this approach to examine in their own words the lives of ordinary ex-slaves who had few skills and fewer opportunities. People are by now familiar with names like Frederick Douglass, Martin R. Delany, and Robert Smalls, but they know little of the men and women of more modest distinction, less still of the anonymous millions whose lives have been recorded in letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and official documents. Editor Dorothy Sterling has drawn on these primary sources and with cogent commentary depicts the African American experience during Reconstruction, from 1865 to 1877. The period unfolds with immediacy and drama in the voices of African Americans: the problems and promise of the first year; the role of the Freedmen's Bureau; anti-black violence; the initiation of political participation; the development of black colleges; the renaissance in the African American community, a time of unprecedented progress in the fields of politics, education, economics, and culture; and the inevitable tragic struggle by African Americans against southern white efforts to resume political power and to fetter black freedom with a thousand chains more durable than slavery.

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  • The Jungle

    by Upton Sinclair Year Published: 1906

    The Jungle, an exposé of the meatpacking industry, became an enormous bestseller translated into seventeen languages within weeks of its publication in 1906. But while The Jungle has long been associated with food production (and its disgustingness), the book is actually a much broader critique of early twentieth-century business and labor practices in the rapidly growing cities of the United States.

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  • Rosa: The Life of an Italian Immigrant

    by Marie Hall Ets Year Published: 1970

    This is the life story of Rosa Cavalleri, an Italian woman who came to the United States in 1884, one of the peak years in the nineteenth-century wave of immigration. A vivid, richly detailed account, the narrative traces Rosa’s life in an Italian peasant village and later in Chicago. Marie Hall Ets, a social worker and friend of Rosa’s at the Chicago Commons settlement house during the years following World War I, meticulously wrote down her lively stories to create this book.

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