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Course name
American People, Part One
Live course taught by Christopher Martin for Fall 2024 Middle School American History

From Pocahontas to Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many in between, explore American history through the stories of many famous men and women of the time.

Course Description: This course tells the story of American history from the colonies to the 1850s, through the stories of the important men and women of the times.

Instructor Bio: Christopher Martin, PhD

Special notes

Special Note: Includes an optional writing element. This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two offered in the spring.

Total classes


Class dates

Wednesdays, September 4 to December 11, 2024. (No class Nov. 27)

Starting time

2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)


55 minutes



Suggested grade level

6th to 8th grade. High School students welcome - adjustments can be made to assignments to accommodate older students.

Suggested credit

One full semester of American History


Course Outline:

Week 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments

Week 2: Pocahontas, and the founding of Jamestown

Week 3: Benjamin Franklin, and the American Identity

Week 4: George Washington, and the French and Indian War

Week 5: Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and American Catholicism

Week 6: Thomas Jefferson, and the Declaration of Independence

Week 7: Patrick Henry, and the US Constitution

Week 8: Alexander Hamilton, and the Whiskey Rebellion

Week 9: Sacagawea, and Lewis and Clark

Week 10: Andrew Jackson, and the War of 1812

Week 11: John Quincy Adams, and the Amistad

Week 12: John Calhoun, and the Nullification Crisis

Week 13: Sam Houston, and the Mexican American War

Week 14: Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Crisis of the 1850s


  • Course Materials: Provided free by the instructor.


Homework: Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge, and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short  (1-2 page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter. 

NOTE: High School students taking this course may instead write a 3-5 page book review
Also, students will have weekly, optional, short (5-10 minute) quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions


Fee: For all 14 classes: $227 if you register on or before July 15, $247 if you register after July 15. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Course name
American People, Part One
Christopher Martin
Fall 2024
History ➤ American History
Grade level
Middle School
Course type
Seats available
25 seats available
Seats remaining
23 seats remaining
Start time
September 4th, 2024 at 2:30 PM ET
End time
December 11th, 2024 at 4:00 PM ET
Access start time
August 21st, 2024 at 12:54 AM ET
Access end time
June 30th, 2025 at 12:00 AM ET
Enrollment availability start time
February 26th, 2024 at 2:55 PM ET
Early enrollment discount ends
July 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Late enrollment penalty start time
August 28th, 2024 at 12:55 AM ET
Enrollment availability end time
September 1st, 2024 at 12:55 PM ET
Relative due dates
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Dr. Martin teaches history and theology for Homeschool Connections, and serves as an Adjunct Professor of History at both Southern New Hampshire University and Antelope Valley College. He holds BA degrees in History and Theology from Christendom College (2007); an MA in History from National University (2012); and a Ph.D. in History from CGU (2018). Dr. Martin's research interests include the Lost Cause, the Federalists & Anti-Federalists, and the Impact of Wars and Depressions Upon the American Social Mind. He lives in Alpine, California, with his wife and three sons.

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