U.S. History

SUNY OER Courses

SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily.

  • U.S. History 1 (American Yawp)
  • U.S. History 2 (American Yawp)
    • U.S. History I covers the chronological history of the United States from before Discovery through Reconstruction. Based on the American Yawp text. Includes Crash Course Videos, Quiz Questions, and Assignments. U.S. History II covers the chronological history of the United States from Reconstruction through the beginning of the 21st Century.
  • U.S. History 1 (OpenStax)
  • U.S. History 2 (OpenStax)
    • OpenStax textbook with the addition of the Crash Course videos.

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SUNY OER Services platform, many OER collections contain useful material for U.S. History courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please let us know.

Title Source License  Notes
Sage American History Henry J Sage CC-BY-NC-SA
  • covers from Colonial America to the 21st Century. The foundation for the Saylor History 211 course
U.S. History Coursebook-Advanced CK-12 CC-BY-NC
  • From website: “This book provides high school U.S. History teachers and students with sets of primary and secondary sources about important topics. Some teachers will use it as a supplement to a traditional textbook. For those looking to leave the textbook behind entirely, it will provide a course with basic structure and continuity, and will reduce the burden of finding new primary sources for each class meeting. However, it is not yet comprehensive enough to meet the coverage requirements of, for example, an Advanced Placement test.”
U.S. History Wikibooks CC-BY-SA
  • Concise readings, include review questions at the end of content pages
War and American Society Saylor varies
  • compilation of Wikibooks, lectures, and other resources
Capitalism and Democracy in America Saylor varies
  • compilation of Wikibooks, lectures, and other resources
Digital History UH copyrighted (may use for non-commercial purposes), but links to many public domain sources.
  •  Various readings on topic as well as primary sources
Still Casting Shadows: A Shared Mosaic of US History B Clay Shannon  CC BY NC ND
  •  textbook
The American Yawp American Yawp  CC-BY-SA
  • “A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook”
U.S History OpenStax CC-BY
  •  comprehensive textbook
Guide to Writing in History Utah State  CC-BY-ND
  •  tips for writing in history, divided into a style and content section

If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.