The second of a two-semester course.  Continuing with Anne Carroll's Christ and the Americas, U.S. History Map Activities, Richard Heffner's A Documentary History of the United States (selections), and adding John Hersey's Hiroshima and Edward Everett Hale's Man without a Country.
Eras studied this semester:
    • Coming of the Civil War, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
    • Growth of Industrial America, Populists, and Progressives, 1877-1916
    • World War I, the Interwar Period, and World War II, 1916-1945
    • The Postwar Period, the Cold War, and After, 1945-2009 



Basic information about the books and materials for this course follows; see your Academic Packet or STAA Study Guide for full ordering details and commentary about each resource.

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Semester 2: U.S. Studies IIB Study Guide

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Student study guides and course plans for the second semester of the U.S. Studies, B Track cycle. Designed to work in conjunction with STAA advisor support, our live classes, or the "Independent Study with Online Support" option, the STAA Study Guides include weekly reading plans, assignment directions, reflection topics, and gradebooks for the semester and help prepare students for the weekly, graded online quizzes. This guide includes multiple subjects. To further personalize your student's plan, single-subject study guides are available at www.shop.staahomeschool.com.

Christ and the Americas

  • Author: Anne W. Carroll
  • Publisher/Copyright: TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., 1997. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895555948        978-0895555946
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com
462 pages; 26 chapters; comprehension questions and projects; index. FROM THE PUBLISHER: "Christ and the Americas is the long-awaited high school American history text by best selling author Dr. Anne Carroll. It fills a great void because it gives proper attention to and appreciation for the role of the Catholic Church in American history. Beginning before Columbus and concluding with the 1990's, this book covers the vast panoply of American history in a fast-paced yet thorough manner. Because of its scores of amazing insights and penetrating analysis it renders history understandable and makes it come alive. With study questions at the end of each chapter, this book can be used as a traditional textbook or just read for enjoyment and information. This extensive and easy to read history book is the fruit of Dr. Carroll's many years as a high school history teacher.

U.S. History Map Activities

  • Author: E. Richard Churchill and Linda R. Churchill
  • Publisher/Copyright: J. Weston Walch Publisher, 1987, 2002. .
  • ISBN: 0825143497        9780825143496
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource
85 pages; 25 two-page lessons; answer key included; reproducible.

Rand McNally Atlas of American History, 6th Edition

  • Publisher/Copyright: Rand McNally, 2016. Print.
  • ISBN: 0528015346        978-0528015342
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

The Man Without A Country

  • Author: Edward Everett Hale
  • Publisher/Copyright: Chapman Billies, Inc., 1994. Print.
  • ISBN: 0939218038        978-0939218035
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com
About 128 pages total; the story itself is only about 44 pages long. Chapman Billies, Inc. edition includes introduction from the author. If this edition is not available to you, any edition will do.


  • Author: John Hersey
  • Publisher/Copyright: Vintage, 1989. Print.
  • ISBN: 0679721037        978-0679721031
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource
160 pages; Reprint edition

Godzilla (original Japanese version)

  • Author: Ishiro Honda (Director)
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  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com
The original, 1954 Japanese version (***NOT*** "Godzilla: King of the Monsters!", the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr).

STAA Student Zone

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  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone
There are online resources such as weekly reading quizzes, special downloads, advisor support through the Q & A forum, occasional slide shows or videos, and more for this course. To activate your student's online access, 1) submit the Course Registration form after your annual planning appointment, 2) register for the live class, or 3) register for the "Independent Study with Online Support Option." After completing one of the registration options, students (and teaching-parents) may use their usernames and passwords to sign into the member site. The STAA Student Zone is available each school year from August 1 to July 15.

The History of the Church: Student Text, Complete Edition

  • Author: Peter V. Armenio (The Didache Series)
  • Publisher/Copyright: Midwest Theological Forum, 2005. Print.
  • ISBN: 1890177466        978-1890177461
  • Supplier: Midwest Theological Forum
Hardcover; 816 pages; 22 chapters. This text is used in Church History I, II, and III. The workbook and teacher's manual are not needed. Order the COMPLETE edition, not the semester edition of the student text. This is a non-consumable text that will be used by a single student during most of high school and can be passed on to younger siblings; it is best to purchase the text rather than rent it. Direct link to ordering page on the publisher's website: https://www.theologicalforum.org/ProductInformation.aspx?BrowseBy=Category&CategoryId=106&ProductId=312.

A Documentary History of the United States (Updated and Expanded)

  • Author: Richard D. Heffner & Alexander Heffner
  • Publisher/Copyright: A Signet Book, 1952, 2013. Print.
  • ISBN: 0451466470        978-0451466471
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com
32 units; 688 pages. (There is a new 2018 edition of this book available. The course plans have not been updated to match the page numbers of the 2018 edition at this time. Continue to use the 2013 edition or line up the names of the speeches and documents instead of the page numbers if you choose to use the 2018 edition.)

Spring Live Class: U.S. History & Geography IIB

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, . Online Class.
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Small-group, advisor-led live online class for students in Grades 8 through 12 that meets every other academic week of the second semester. Advisor grading of assignments is also available for students registered for this live class.


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