Honors American History covers from Reconstruction (the period between 1865 and 1877) to events that happen today. The class looks at information from a vast array of sources. Primary sources, such as William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold speech to the writings of Teddy Roosevelt, are used in class. Students will also experience secondary sources from a wide selection of supplements. The class focuses much of its energy in discussion and research. Students will be asked to draw conclusions between historical events and current ones. Research will also be emphasized in assignments. This combined with the textbook, movies, songs, and other sources make up the Honors American History Experience.