|This course covers United States history, geography, economy, government, cultural and intellectual events, and foreign policy since the Second World War. The first half of the course will focus heavily on the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights movements in the second half of the twentieth century. The second half of the course will focus heavily on America’s involvement with the Middle East since World War II, with particular emphasis on America’s changing role in the region and domestic implications of American Middle Eastern policy. Throughout the course, regular connections will be drawn between historical events and contemporary developments. This course involves significantly more writing and research than college preparatory sections and more frequent work with primary documents. Many of the writing and critical thinking activities will involve document-based questions from the A.P. U.S. History curriculum. Outside fiction and non-fiction readings are also incorporated regularly.