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20th Century American History: On-Demand Online Course

This American History online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying history at university, exploring an extremely important period of American history and encountering a range of historical methods in the process.

Online American History Course Introduction

Are you fascinated by the world ‘super power’ that is America? Join us on a journey of discovery of recent American history. On our online course you will revisit significant events that changed the landscape of America. Get to grips with the political, social and cultural history that has shaped America. This 20th Century American History online course is ideal preparation if you are thinking of studying history at university, exploring an extremely important period of American history and encountering a range of historical methods in the process.

Join our online course and bring American history to life.

20th Century American History

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What's in the America History On-Demand Course?

Course Summary

What do immigration, the “imperial presidency” and interstate highways have in common? They all changed the landscape of America during the twentieth century. During this eight-tutorial course you will study the political, social and cultural history of twentieth-century America, focusing on key themes including the nature of American identity, the growth of Presidential power, and the intersection between foreign policy and domestic life, as you discover how and why America became a world superpower. Emphasis will be placed on the use of primary sources, such as letters and oral histories, in order to supplement and bring to life the lecture material.

This in-depth course provides a fascinating insight into the pivotal century when America became one of the most powerful nations on Earth, a century that saw the development of the nuclear bomb, put a man on the moon, and shaped the international climate in which we now live. It will provide thought-provoking supplementary material if you have studied history at school and may be thinking of applying to study history at university and beyond.

Topics Covered

During this course, you will

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the key events of 20th Century American History
  • Understand how and why America became such a dominant superpower in the last century
  • Gain an insight into events that shaped the world we live in today


By the end of this course you will be able to…

  • Discuss with confidence the key events of this period
  • Use the course materials to pursue further independent study


What’s Included?

  • 4 x Interactive Tutorials
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Access to the course discussion forum
  • Course worksheets and case studies
  • ORA Certificate of completion



Tutorial 1: Immigration & Prohibition (3 hours)

The first tutorial explores the notion of immigration, a concept at the heart of American identity as embodied by the Statue of Liberty.

The second looks at the period between 1920 and 1933 when it was illegal to sell alcohol in the United States, discussing the rise and motivations of the movement that fought for this bold act of legislation, the effect that Prohibition had on the social and cultural life of America, and the reasons behind the legislation’s eventual repeal. We will also discuss one of the unintended consequences of Prohibition: the rise of American gangster culture.

Tutorial 2: The New Deal and World War II (3 hours)

The Great Depression was one of America’s lowest points in the 20th Century – widespread poverty, homelessness, and despair blighted the nation. Tutorial 3 looks at the effects of the Great Depression and the measures that Franklin D. Roosevelt employed in an attempt to end it. Tutorial 4 moves on to the period of WWII and America’s involvement in this conflict, exploring in particular how women and African-Americans experienced the war and how the global conflict shaped post-war America.

Tutorial 3: The Cold War and Social Justice (1 - 1.5 hours)

The years following WWII saw huge changes in the American social and cultural landscape. Tutorial 5 discusses the armed stand-off between the US and USSR that embodied the post-war era, whilst tutorial 6 explores the great social upheavals of the 1960s, including the struggle for gay rights, women’s rights, and African-American civil rights. We will consider whether 20th-century America succeeded in achieving the promise of “liberty and justice for all.”

Tutorial 4: The Reagan Era and the End of History (1 - 1.5 hours)

Tutorial 7 will discuss the presidency of Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) in the wider context of the resurgence of American conservatism and the rise of the religious right. Tutorial 8 concludes the course by exploring how the world – with America at its heart – entered a new era with the fall of the Soviet Union, considering the varied reasons for which the 20th century has often been called ‘the American century’.

Key Details

Course Pre-requisites

Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for history, with particular reference to American history
This course would suit students studying towards A-level History or equivalent.

Course Level

For students applying to university to study history or related subjects



Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.




4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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