Course ePortfolio

United States History from 1865

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for United States History from 1865 (common course-id HIST 140), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number HIST 140

General Course Description: HIST 140

Historical survey of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present.

Minimum units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret primary and secondary sources and to compose an argument which uses them, as appropriate, for support.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of U.S. History through multiple analytical categories such as race, class, gender and ethnicity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of America’s growth in a global context.
  • Explain the major economic, technological and scientific developments and their historical significance.
  • Analyze major political trends, attitudes, conflicts and events—including both mainstream and reform efforts—and explain their historical significance.
  • Explain the major social and cultural developments, their causes and effects, and their historical significance.
  • Analyze the relevancy of history in today’s world.


Will include:

  • Written essays and/or research projects.
  • Essay exams.

 Can also include:

  • Classroom discussions that include primary and secondary sources.
  • Objective exams.
  • Classroom projects and presentations.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • U.S. History
    U.S. History (Open (Access) Textbook)
    U.S. History published by OpenStax College provides educators and students with an excellent free open textbook that... More
  • The American Yawp
    The American Yawp (Open (Access) Textbook)
    In an increasingly digital world in which pedagogical trends are de-emphasizing rote learning and professors are... More
  • American History - Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium
    In the pieces that follow, we encourage you to probe, dispute, dig deeper — inquire. History is not static. It is fluid.... More
  • Sage American History
    Sage American History (Reference Material)
    This course material focuses on the main events and characters of the American past, recognizing that most students will... More
  • STILL CASTING SHADOWS: A Shared Mosaic of U.S. History Vol. II, 1914-2006
    Still Casting Shadows: A Shared Mosaic of U.S. History breaks with tradition by presenting a holistic (rather than a... More
  • Digital History
    Digital History (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Our website offers a variety of ways for students and teachers to actually do history. We have created 72 inquiry-based... More
  • US History
    US History (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This textbook is based on the College Entrance Examination Board test in Advanced Placement United States History.  The... More
  • US History 1
    US History 1 (Online Course Module)
    No matter where you land on the teaching spectrum, the aim of the Open Course is opening the door to using and improving... More