Teaches the story of America from the first Americans to America today. Students study the causes and effects of European colonization in the United States and the conflict between American colonies and Great Britain that led to American independence. Emphasizes the changes that took place in the 19th century in the U.S.; the Industrial Revolution, U.S. territorial expansion, effects of the Civil War; 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution; and the mechanization of agriculture. Government study includes representative government as established in the American colonies, the Mayflower Compact, the Virginia House of Burgesses, and the importance of the Declaration of Independence. Helps students develop an understanding of patriotic identity, democratic principles and processes, and the responsibilities of citizens. View TEKS.