- The impact of American social and political reform on the emergence of a distinct American culture.
- The impact of the Second Great Awakening on the emergence of a national identity.
- Emergence of uniquely American writers including James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, and Edgar Allen Poe.
- The influence of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dorothea Lynde Dix, and Susan B. Anthony.
- The development of social reform movements prior to the Civil War.
Students are able to:
- Evaluate the impact of American social and political reform.
- Discuss the emergence of a distinct culture including the advantages, disadvantages, limitations, etc.
- Compare the impact of the Second Great Awakening and other reform movements on the emergence of a national identity.
- Describe the emergence of uniquely American writers.
- Describe the influence of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dorothea Lynde Dix, and Susan B. Anthony on American society.
Students understand that:
- There were social and political reforms before the Civil War that impacted, individually and collectively, the American social and political development from the time period and into modern times.