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Verse of the Week

"If Christ is not raised, then you are still in your sins, and your faith is in vain...But Christ has indeed been raised, the firstfruits of all who have fallen asleep."
1 Corinthians 15:16, 20.

    Circular Discussion Transcripts


    Books of the Week

    President Reagan:  The Role of a Lifetime by Lou Cannon

    President Reagan:  The Triumph of Imagination by Richard Reeves

    When Character Was King:  A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan

    The Crusader:  Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism by Paul Kengor

    From the Cold War to a New Era:  The United States and the Soviet Union, 1983 – 1991 by Don Oberdorfer 


      About USHER

      "USHER" stands for "United States History 11, Regular" and is the name of the 11th grade United States History survey course at The Covenant School. 

      I have three goals for USHER students; they can be abbreviated as “3 S’s”:  

      1.       Survey the main themes and trends of U.S. History.  We go from "Boats to Bush," or from 1492 to 2002. 

      2.       Develop and improve historical skills.

      3.       Use Scripture to interpret American History

      My real goal is Colossians 1:10:  We pray that you will walk worthy of the LORD, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of the God.”

      In our study of American history, we seek to answer three essential questions:  "Is America Exceptional?"  "What is the Proper Role of Government?"  and "What is Human Nature?"


      Upcoming Events


      • Monday, May 2, 2016: The End of History
        Social and political changes in the 1970s
      • Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to Wednesday, May 4, 2016: Morning in America
        Explores the main themes of Ronald Reagan's Presidency.
      • Thursday, May 5, 2016: Peace Through Strength
        Surveys Ronald Reagan's challenges at home and abroad in his second term.
        HW: "Role of a Lifetime"
      • Friday, May 6, 2016: Anticommunist America Test
        1942 - 1972
      • Monday, May 9, 2016: New World Order
        George Bush deals with global challenges in the aftermath of the Cold War.
      • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 to Wednesday, May 11, 2016: It's the Economy, Stupid!
        Bill Clinton pursues unpopular policies that lead to a Republican takeover in Congress.
        Circular Discussion: "The Contract with America"
      • Thursday, May 12, 2016: Revenge of the Republicans
        Domestic violence in America, the Clinton Impeachment, and the 2000 Election.
      • Friday, May 13, 2016: The War on Terror
        Surveys the Bush Administrations' responses to the 9-11 attacks.
        Papers due!

      Historical Figure of the Week

      Economic and cultural crises in the 1970s left many Americans wondering whether America's best days were behind them.  The former actor and governor of California, Ronald Reagan, did not believe so, and his sunny optimism and absolute confidence in America's destiny as a beacon of freedom in a world of tyranny inspired many others to believe that the future was not so bleak.  Despite weaknesses in domestic policy, controversial economic agendas, and a major political scandal, Reagan was extremely popular and influential in reshaping the course of American government.  


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