The USA 1930-2000

American History for Everyone
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Join me for this top rated Udemy course!
In depth video content allows you to really "get into" the subject
8 extensive multiple choice, true or false, and fill in the gaps quizzes to test your understanding of key topics
Understand the impact of the Great Depression on different groups in society - write a speech for FDR!
Understand how the fear of communism after WW2 led to the "witchunt" of suspected communists; McCarthyism
Evaluate the presidencies of Hoover, Roosevelt, JFK, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan-who was the best American President of the 20th century?
Develop an in depth understanding of the way in which the lives of Black people changed from 1930 through to the year 2000
Judge the relative significance of events like the Little Rock 9, the Montgomery bus boycott and the march on Washington to the Civil Rights movement


  • An interest in History is all you need!
  • No prior knowledge or understanding is needed before taking this course
  • No software is needed to access the quizzes or supporting documents



In Section 1, you will explore the major economic, social and political changes that occurred for different groups in American Society. Beginning with the impact of the Great Depression on society in the USA in the 1930's, you will then see how America recovered through Roosevelt's New Deal. After the war, America became a certified “superpower" and in the remainder of the unit you will explore how that status changed the lives of women and young people in particular. You will finish Section 1 by focusing on the Presidencies of Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan.

In Section 2, you will explore the incredible changes that occurred for Black people in the USA between 1929 and 2000. Beginning with the plight of Black people in the 1930s including the role of the KKK and the Jim Crow Laws, you will then move on to look at how WW2 was a turning point for many Black Americans. You will then embark on a journey through some of the biggest events in the civil rights era and explore how the likes of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X influenced change. Finally, you will consider how much change had actually taken place by the year 2000.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in American history in the 20th Century
  • Whether you are a beginner starting from scratch or an expert looking to refresh your knowledge, this is the course for you

Course content

3 sections17 lectures2h 38m total length
  • Introduction to USA 1930-2000


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Thomas Rogers
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I'm Tom Rogers, a passionate and experienced educator from the UK.

I started my professional teaching career as a High School teacher in 2007 and went on to become a Head of Department in 2013. In September 2016, I took up the role of Head of History at O Castro British International School in Vigo, Spain. In January 2019, I became an assistant headteacher for teaching and learning. I'm now back in the UK.

I have founded, organised and co-hosted #TMHistoryIcons, the only national TeachMeet for History teachers in the UK. Its inaugural meeting took place in March 2016 in Chester and was attended by more than 100 teachers. The second event took place in April 2017, the third in April 2018 and the latest in April 2019. The "teachmeet icons" franchise has now expanded to include Maths, English, Science and Geography strands, becoming one of the most significant grassroots teacher movements in the UK.

I currently write a column for the TES, the largest educational publication in the UK. 

I am the director of RogersHistory, an online educational platform which was used by more than 100 schools and 1000 students in the last academic year. My youtube channel supports students to achieve their academic goals and has accrued 100,000 views. I am followed by more than 30,000 educators (and others) on twitter.

I try to bring my passion for teaching and learning into all my Udemy courses. The way in which my courses are planned reflects my current professional role and subject expertise.