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20th Century History

This course introduces high school students to some of the important historical texts of the 20th century and into the 21st. While studying these texts, students explore ideas, controversies, events, and the cast of characters that molded the past century and are shaping the first decades of our own century.

While the course focuses on history, it also integrates some study of 20th Century Literature, helping students to see the integration of both history and literature. In this upper-school course, students will examine and discuss events, trends, ideas, achievements, and failures found over the past century.

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

  • The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 and the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels.

    • ISBN: ‎ 978-0879754464
  • Selections from Vladimir Lenin, Sigmund Freud, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B.Du Bois, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Betty Friedan, Phyllis Schlafly, important Supreme Court Cases, Ronald Reagan, and others, will be provided.

  • The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents, F. A. Hayek.

    • ISBN: 978-02263
  • The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

    • ISBN: ‎978-0684815008
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Abridged. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

    • ISBN: ‎ 978-0061253805
  • A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • ISBN: ‎ 978-0446678094
  • Are Women Human? Penetrating, Sensible, and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society, Dorothy L. Sayers.

    • ISBN: 978-0802829962
  • Essays on Woman, Edith Stein.

    • ISBN: 978-0935216592
  • Witness, Whittaker Chambers.

    • ISBN: 978-1621572961
  • Leaders: Profiles and Reminiscences of Men Who Have Shaped the Modern World, Richard Nixon.

    • ISBN: ‎ 978-0446512497
  • The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural, Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, Carl R. Trueman.

    • ISBN: 978-1433556333

Andy Newman calls western Nebraska home, that borderland where Midwest and West shake hands. There he has taught literature, composition, history, journalism, and the humanities for twenty years at the high school and college levels. His mind and heart have longed been pulled toward classical Christian education. And he is as excited as he is thankful to now be fully in its orbit.
His education is varied, having earned master’s degrees in history and English from the University of Wyoming and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, respectively. Most recently, he earned a MTh in Applied Orthodox Theology from the Antiochian House of Studies and a MA in Biblical Theology from John Paul the Great Catholic University and, in Fall of 2021, completed his coursework for the PhD in Humanities from Faulkner University and has moved on to the dissertation. a.newman.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Quarter 1

  1.  _The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 and the Communist Manifesto, _Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels. (selections) 
  2. Selections from _The German Ideology, _Karl Marx, pdf provided 
  3. _The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents, _F. A. Hayek. (selections)
  4. Selections from Vladimir Lenin and Sigmund Freud, pdf provided

Quarter 2

  1.  _The Cost of Discipleship, _Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (selections) 
  2. Selections from Winston Churchill, pdf provided 
  3. _The Gulag Archipelago: Abridged. _Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. 
  4. Witness, Whittaker Chambers (selections)

Quarter 3

  1. Witness, Whittaker Chambers (selections)
  2. _A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. _(selections) 
  3. Selections from Booker . Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois, pdf provided
  4. Leaders: Profiles and Reminiscences of Men Who Have Shaped the Modern World, Richard Nixon (selections)

Quarter 4

  1. Are Women Human? Penetrating, Sensible, and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society, Dorothy L. Sayers. 
  2. _Essays on Woman, _Edith Stein (selections) 
  3. Selections from Betty Friedan and Phyllis Schlafly, pdf provided 
  4. The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural, Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, Carl R. Trueman.

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.

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