TruthQuest History: American History for Young Students II (1800-1865) Homeschool History Curriculum

If you’re looking for a different time period in American history, click which one you want.
TruthQuest History: American History I (Exploration-1800)
TruthQuest History: American History III (1865-2000)

If you are looking for American History for older kids, see our Truth Quest Age of Revolution Guides.
TruthQuest History: Age of Reformation I (America/Europe 1600-1800)
TruthQuest History: Age of Reformation II (America/Europe 1800-1865)
TruthQuest History: Age of Reformation III (America/Europe 1865-2000)

“Teach Your Younger Kids American History
from a Biblical Worldview”



Most history curriculums are not taught from a Biblical worldview.


Enter Truthquest History! Truthquest provides a homeschool history curriculum for parents looking to teach history as it relates to what God has been doing in the world over the centuries.

Why use TruthQuest History instead of other homeschool history curricula?

Biblical Perspective of history
Book Reading lists for ALL ages – Everyone studies together
Writing Assignments to encourage critical thinking
Sample Essay Responses
Activities throughout
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But my absolute, very favorite reason for using TruthQuest History 
(yes, I used TruthQuest with my own kids)

Discover the 2 Big Beliefs of each civilization and discover their worldview:

Who is God?
Who, then, is mankind?

We discussed these 2 questions throughout all our history studies. I learned as much as my kids.

Let me share more specifically about this guide:

America is off and running! She’s settling in with her new presidents, and must show England (in the War of 1812) how serious she is about being a free nation. The wonderful values in America’s Constitution fostered a surge of creativity and hard work, which helped kick off the Industrial Revolution in the U.S., and sent many more pioneers west.

Excitement was in the air: trains were chugging, the Pony Express was zooming, new inventions were changing life, settlers were pouring down the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, and whole new sections of the West were being added to America! But would American success lead to American pride? Would the people seek God first?

The answer to that question helps children understand how America handled the problems she was facing: displaced Indians, terrible working conditions in many factories, the plight of slaves, enlarging government, and finally the Civil War!

Still need more info to make a wise decision?

TruthQuest History is a deep and rich literature-based history study…but with a difference. You will not learn the story of mankind; you will learn the lovestory of mankind.

You will not focus on the rise and fall of human civilizations; you will focus on the arrow-straight line of God’s unchanging existence, power, love, truth, and plan for civilization.

You will not simply ‘meet the culture’ or ‘get the facts;’ you will probe the truths of history so deeply that your students will be equipped to change their world!


Because mankind is not the prime force in the universe …God is.

He initiates; we respond.

History, therefore, is not first about what people do. It is first about what God does and says, and secondly about what people believe and do in response.

The exploration of history, then, should reveal God and His truth, not glorify the achievements of mankind.

Indeed, the kings, artists, philosophers, writers, and scientists cannot even be understood until seen for who they are – people motivated by basic beliefs about God, whether true or untrue. The consequences of their Big 2 Beliefs (Who is God, and who, then, is mankind?) are displayed in history…and teach us all.

Let us, then, not be found teaching humanistic history. Let us learn of civilization and its beliefs in a way that reveals and glorifies the God whose name is Truth. Your children will realize the only source of freedom is God’s laws, and the only source of human worth is God’s love for us. Once common knowledge, our society now thinks the opposite…and suffers for it.

You now understand the heartbeat of TruthQuest History: the lively commentaries which introduce each and every topic in our chronological guides, and which help the students unforgettably connect the people, events, and culture of a civilization to its Big 2 Beliefs. They will then have colorful, continuous, and convincing proof of the reality of God and the superiority of His truths.

Only after the deepest issues have been thusly addressed can the reading of engaging “living books” begin; otherwise even literature-based study will yield only unconnected, superficial, and human-oriented learning.

Let our commentary provide you with context and insight on each topic. Let the recommended reading list for each topic help you select resources.

Let our strategically-placed ThinkWrite™ exercises help your students internalize and express the deepest lessons of history.

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“I struggled with history all through my school years. It was the most dry, boring, painful subject I could think of… Michelle Miller obviously loves history, and she breathes enthusiasm into this guide to early American history for younger students… Such a wealth of information! I see many ‘old friends’ in the booklists, and others just begging to make my acquaintance… but this is much more than a booklist… Each section contains a thoughtfully written and thought-provoking introduction in a conversational style that sets you at ease and seeks to kindle a fire of ‘interest.’ Then follows a list of books related to the historical period covered in the section… In addition to taking in information, students are also encouraged to internalize concepts and express their understanding in their own words through ‘ThinkWrite™’ exercises sprinkled throughout the text… Throughout the guide the student is brought back to the precept that history is God’s story… ”
~Jean Hall

“We used American History for young students I, II, and III for 4th through 6th grade. We loved it! The first year, I tried having him keep a notebook, but that just wasn’t working. Finally, I just relaxed, read him the commentary, and we picked books from the list (usually biographies) and sometimes watched movies and documentaries to complement what we studied. We did no tests, but I could see that he was learning. Later in the day, during his play with his legos or action figures, he would recreate what we learned in history that day.”
-“carla36301, from

Cathy Duffy chose TruthQuest History as a “Top Pick!”

“Michelle Miller introduces [each] topic with background information in a lively, informal, conversational style… A unique aspect of TruthQuest History is a primary focus on the central questions of life: Who is God, and who is man in relation to God? How different people and civilizations answer these questions is reflected in the way they live and the choices they make.”


Young students get a glimpse of an exciting part of American history and the results of America’s success.


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