Background: Becoming America

The United States of America famously declared itself an independent state in 1776, but it has roots that go back long before that. Today the US prides itself on being a “nation of nations.” We will examine the way many cultures and peoples have contributed over the centuries to creating it.

Read more in Access to English: Social Studies, pp. 76-82. Then do the tasks in the textbook and on this website.

"Towards Los Angeles", photograph by Dorothea Lange, 1937

US History Overview 1

Jamestown to the Civil War (Khan Academy)

US History Overview 2

Reconstruction to the Great Depression (Khan Academy)