Anyone can learn about events, issues and people in history by reading on their own. The true essence of studying history, however, comes not from gathering historical knowledge but from gaining understanding from that knowledge. US History II is a course that covers American history from the Reconstruction era to the 21st century. The course will not only cover the international and political developments of the United States during the 20th century. It will also focus on the common stories of immigrants, farmers, factory workers, children, women, the poor, and more. We are not a nation of leaders, but a diverse community of common people who often struggle to find love, purpose and our own identity in each day. That is American history.