This course begins with the debate over the framing of the new Constitution (just after the Revolutionary War) and continues to the present day. Students examine the development of the United States from its overthrow of the British monarchy to its emergence as a global superpower at the turn of the century, through the struggles of the Civil Rights movement and with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The course focuses particularly on essential questions, such as: What is democracy? What is justice? What is the role of the government? What is the role of the U.S. in the world? What are individual rights vs. “the collective” rights? Current events are incorporated as an essential element in understanding all eras and time periods in history, including the present day.