This course will serve as a capstone to the study of America's history in grades 5 and 8. The focus of this class will begin with the post- Civil War period and continue through the 1900s. This course will examine the forces that shaped and continue to shape our political, economic, and social institutions and the impact of those forces on the development of the United States in the Twentieth Century. It may be taught chronologically and/or thematically. Students in this class will develop inquiry skills by using a variety of written and electronic sources.