American History
a new curriculum resource by Thomas S. Kidd

Introducing American History, a new curriculum resource by Thomas S. Kidd

“This clear and even-handed account cuts against the banality we find in most history textbooks today.”

—David Goodwin, president, Association of Classical Christian Schools

In winsome, fluid prose, Thomas Kidd expertly surveys America’s political, religious, and cultural history, creating a resource that is both academically sound and intellectually engaging. 

This curriculum is perfectly suited for high school students or collegiate courses, and it provides everything you need to homeschool your student for an entire school year. American History is available as a single, combined edition or as two individual volumes, so you only have to purchase exactly what you need. 

Chapter-by-chapter discussion questions, quizzes, and PowerPoint slides are all available for free, upon request from the publisher. These materials may be copied and modified to suit the needs of each classroom, but may not be licensed, sold, or reproduced for profit.

About Thomas S. Kidd

Thomas S. Kidd is distinguished professor of history and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He also serves as distinguished visiting professor of church history at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He regularly contributes to outlets such as The Gospel Coalition, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His books include American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths and Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father.

About B&H Academic

B&H Academic Publishing is a division of LifeWay Christian Resources headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. B&H Academic is dedicated to providing resources for undergraduate and graduate theological education, as well as pastors and ministry leaders. We work alongside authors, professors, and pastors who are at the top of their fields in order to publish biblically faithful resources, which are academically challenging, promote the academy, and champion the church.


American History, Combined Edition, 1492-Present

In this combined edition, the full content of volumes 1 and 2 of Thomas Kidd’s American History are brought together in a single, accessible textbook. This sweeping narrative spans the full scope of American history from the first Native American societies to the political and cultural struggles of contemporary times. In clear, readable prose, and with attention to well-known and more obscure figures from American history, Kidd gives a robust account of the events, people, and ideas that gave shape to our nation.

Students will come away from American History well-informed, and better prepared to wrestle with the political and cultural changes that have dramatically transformed contemporary American life.

American History, Volume 1, 1492-1877

American History, volume 1 surveys the broad sweep of American history from the first Native American societies to the end of the Reconstruction period, following the Civil War. Drawing on a deep range of research and years of classroom teaching experience, Thomas S. Kidd offers students an engaging overview of the first half of American history. The volume features illuminating stories of people from well-known presidents and generals, to lesser-known men and women who struggled under slavery and other forms of oppression to make their place in American life. The role of Christianity in America is central in this book. Americans’ faith sometimes inspired awakenings and the search for an equitable society, but at other times it justified violence and inequality. 

Students will come away from American History, volume 1 better prepared to grapple with the challenges presented by the history of America’s founding, the problem of slavery, and our nation’s political tradition.

American History, Volume 2, 1877-Present

American History, volume 2 gives a wide overview of America’s history from the end of the Civil War era, to the political and cultural struggles of contemporary times. Thomas S. Kidd employs lessons learned from his own scholarly expertise and history classes to weave together a compelling narrative of the defeats and triumphs that have defined the American national experience. Unlike many textbooks of modern American history, religion and faith remain central aspects of the book’s coverage, through present-day America. It gives detailed treatment of episodes such as America’s military conflicts, the Civil Rights movement, and the culture wars of the past half-century. Professor Kidd also considers the development of America’s obsession with entertainment, from the rise of the first movies, to the social media age. American History, volume 2 will help students wrestle with the political and cultural changes that have dramatically transformed contemporary American life

Praise for American History

“Thomas Kidd has succeeded well in providing a high-quality American history text that integrates the usual political and social history with its religious dimensions.”
—George Marsden, professor of history emeritus, University of Notre Dame

“Thomas Kidd explores the entirety of American history in this carefully researched and clearly written text. It is an ideal book for students new to American history as well as for older readers who would like a sprightly, objective, and discerning refresher.”
—Mark Noll, professor of history emeritus, University of Notre Dame, and research professor of history, Regent College

“There has long been a need for a survey textbook that gives balanced attention to the important role of Christianity in American history. Thomas Kidd’s American History admirably meets that need and much more.”

—Samuel Smith, graduate program director, history department chair, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

“This American history textbook sets a new standard for balanced treatment of political and cultural issues.”

—Susan Hanssen, associate professor of history, history department chair, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX

“Kudos to Thomas Kidd for returning Christianity to the narrative of American history. At the same time, he has conveyed in his measured, balanced, and accessible style, the multiethnic and multicultural tapestry that American history is, and always has been.”

—H. Paul Thompson, Jr., dean of humanities, history department chair, North Greenville University

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The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool Curriculum

The Good and the Beautiful has brought joy, ease, and goodness back into homeschooling! With homeschool curriculum and resources for every subject, children love the engaging content, and parents love the strong academics, open-and-go simplicity, and affordability. Each course is carefully created with a general Christian worldview, focusing not on the doctrine of any particular Christian church but instead teaching advanced academics while connecting children to the good and the beautiful in life and in learning. They offer many beautiful, academically solid courses, including full-year language arts courses for free along with extensive samples on so be sure to head over and check them out!


The Good and the Beautiful’s highly acclaimed Language Arts homeschool curriculum, levels PreK–12, combines multiple subjects into one, connecting learning and eliminating the need for 6 to 7 different courses. Covering reading, phonics, grammar, spelling, writing, literature, geography, and art in easy open-and-go courses, learning is both easy and effective. Their FREE Language Arts curriculum courses (Levels 1–5) are comprehensive, beautiful, and open-and-go, and have been downloaded over one million times. Families are raving about the unmatched beauty and quality of every one of their products.


The Good and the Beautiful homeschool Math curriculum is carefully designed to target all learning styles, avoid unneeded busy work, and make lessons concise and easy to teach all while being extremely engaging and thorough. Musical Multiplication, a revolutionary new product, is a fun, new, easy way to learn multiplication facts! Children learn quickly and easily through vibrant images and beautiful multiplication songs.


Family-style History homeschool curriculum courses for grades 1–12 make teaching multiple ages at once simple and enjoyable. Each course covers ancient through modern history, stopping in different places and time periods to explore in depth. With interactive activities, audio dramatizations, games, and Student Explorers, which expand learning for older students, the courses emphasize God and character and are engaging for the whole family!


The Good and the Beautiful’s one-of-a-kind, family-style Science Units guide children grades K–8 through an exploration of the beautiful world around them while diving deep into subjects such as space, weather, chemistry, and more. Their Marine Biology science unit is available as a FREE download so you can explore the beauty and ease of this unique homeschool science curriculum for yourself.


Children love the beautiful Handwriting courses (Levels PreK–7) where they learn print and cursive handwriting combined with fun, engaging activities that emphasize a love of beautiful art while building fine motor skills.

The Good and the Beautiful also offers many Electives, including Typing, Nature Notebooks, Creative Writing Notebooks, Drawing, and Creative Arts & Crafts.


One of their newest additions is The Good and the Beautiful Library, with over a hundred books that parents can be sure are of the highest literary and moral value. With original publications and republished literary treasures, engaging, enjoyable books can be found for all ages. The Good and the Beautiful’s FREE Book List provides suggestions and reviews of hundreds of books for parents seeking the best children’s books and literature for their families.

The Good and the Beautiful is on a mission to bring goodness and beauty into the hearts and homes of families through the highest academic standards. The best part is that they make it easy to see if their curriculum is right for your family by offering extensive samples of each course on their website. They also offer FREE homeschool curriculum including levels 1–5 of their Language Arts course sets as well as their Marine Biology Science Unit! CLICK HERE to head over now and see the quality and beauty of their curriculum for yourself!

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Debunking the Seven Myths that Deny the Historicity of Genesis, Creation, and Noah’s Flood by Genesis Apologetics

Debunking the Seven Myths that Deny the Historicity of Genesis, Creation, and Noah’s Flood: A video-based training program to help students keep their faith in college.

Appropriate for grades 10-12

Secular colleges—and even many Christian colleges—teach that the Bible is not real history, especially Genesis 1–11. Today’s students want to know: When does the truth start in the Bible? On the first page? How many pages need to be flipped until truth begins? This book+DVD training program supports biblical truth by challenging the 7 Myths that are commonly taught on today’s campuses:

1.“While the Bible may be ‘inspired,’ by God, it’s not ‘inerrant’ and parts of it are just myth.”

2.“The Bible’s account of Creation is only metaphorical, the six creation days were not ordinary days, and creation really unfolded over millions of years.”

3.“Genesis 1 and 2 provide two different accounts of creation.”

4.“Adam and Eve were not real people, only allegorical figures in the story of human evolution.”

5.“The Bible’s account of Noah’s Flood is just myth and was drawn from writings from the Ancient Near East.”

6.“Moses did not actually write the first five books of the Bible.”

7.“Dinosaurs died out millions of years ago, did not walk with man, and are not mentioned in the Bible.”

In today’s culture where many seem to be okay with a “marketplace of ideas” that spread across a “spectrum of truth,” the Bible stands out—presenting a clear record of who created us, when we were created, and the current state of humanity, and then offers Christ as our sole redeemer. This book along with the integrated video program (available on DVD or YouTube) is ideal for equipping Christian students before attending college. This program holds to a literal narrative of Genesis.

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Debunking Evolution – Genesis Apologetics

Debunking Evolution – Genesis Apologetics

Appropriate for grades 5 to 10

The “Debunking Evolution” consists of a main book (useful for parents or advanced students), DVD, and a Student Guide with fill-in-the-blanks for students. This program is ideal for preparing home school students for the 10 main evolutionary topics/theories they will experience in state parks, museums, television, and movies. Because the program addresses the evolutionary teaching that’s included in public school textbooks, it’s also useful for homeschool families that wish to teach how Biblical Creation contrasts with the secular ideas behind origins, biology, geology, and other areas.

The program includes six lessons and 12 videos where study partners (John and Jane) explore the challenges to the evolutionary theory encountered in their public school textbooks and why the Bible provides a more compelling case for our origins, biology, and geology. Through the fun conversations of the actors and visual aids, this program provides solid answers about creation, evolution, the fossil record, extinction, adaptation, natural selection, common ancestors, branching & homologous, and human evolution.

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Your Story Hour – Bible Based Radio Dramas

Your Story Hour produces family-friendly radio dramas based on the Bible, historical heroes and events, and true-to-life adventures. Our stories–brought to life by talented voice actors, descriptive sound effects and compelling music–teach Biblical values, American and World history and positive character traits and principles for good decision-making.

We really, REALLY enjoy YSH in our house and in our van! – Daisy G


Your Story Hour Bible stories will bring the stories “to life” for any listener.  Your Story Hour’s Bible series covers all the major Bible stories from the creation in Genesis through the early church in the Acts.   “Experience” the  flood, Joseph’s reunion with  his brothers, David fighting Goliath, Daniel in the Lion’s den, Jonah in the whale, Esther’s courageous stand for her people, Jesus’ birth and crucifixion, Paul’s dramatic conversion and much more.

Listening to these stories make me feel like I am right there in the story. There are the best stories played on radio. When I go on long trips with the kids I would play these and be entertained for hours. I love to hear them myself. There’s several on history in America, Bible stories, how things were made who invented them. Kids and everyone will love this because you can use your imagination and it takes you right there. – Billy Jo


Your Story Hour has a large collection of historical stories.  Here is an abbreviated list from Your Story Hour’s wide library of historical stories:

  • Columbus
  • Early Pilgrims
  • George Washington
  • Paul Revere
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Hudson Taylor
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Sacagawea
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Dolly Madison
  • Alexander G. Bell
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • The Wright Brothers
  • Ernest Shackleton
  • Irena Sendler
  • Dwight L Moody

My brother and I really enjoyed your story, and jokes. We are home schooled and the story we hear from you guys help us a lot. It gives us imaginary picture on how it really happened. Thank you and God bless. -Seth


Your story Hour true-to-life collections of stories highlight the importance of good character traits such as obedience, honesty, friendships, unselfishness, faith, perseverance, kindness and many more.  Much of today’s entertainment is based in world values where as Your Story Hour stories teach values of faith and family

My siblings and I grew up listening to the Character Building Drama tapes. I’m 30 now and deeply value the lessons I was able to learn in story form. I also have amazing memories of coloring and going to sleep listening to them! Thank you for your amazing work! – Irene



In addition to its audio dramas Your Story Hour also offers FREE non-denominational Bible studies and an online magazine.