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Course Description

The Advanced Placement US History course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems of US History. The demands upon the students should equip them to deal with intermediate and advanced college courses. Students will learn to assess historical materials - their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability and their importance. In addition, students will be asked to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary material, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events. Students will learn to take notes from printed material, lecture and discussion, and to write historical essays. They should be able to express themselves with clarity and precision and know how to cite sources and credit the writing and ideas of others. They must be able to make connections between facts and key themes of history. The themes will include discussions of American diversity, the development of a unique American identity, the evolution of American culture, demographic changes over the course of America’s history, economic trends and transformations, environmental issues, the development of political institutions and the components of citizenship, social reform movements, the role of religion in the making of the United States and its impact in a multicultural society, the history of slavery and its legacies in this hemisphere, war and diplomacy, and the place of the United States in an increasingly global arena. The course will trace these themes throughout the year, emphasizing the ways in which they are interconnected and examining the ways in which each helps to shape the changes over time that are so important to understanding United States history.

Students who undertake APUSH must be motivated to do their work and master the facts of history, so that we may discuss the relationships between background and subsequent events. This is not a course for those who do not enjoy the reading and study of history. The facts are the tools, and it is the responsibility of each student to do what is necessary to master those facts. The teacher is a facilitator and a guide.


Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas Bailey. The American Pageant. 13th ed. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006

Study Guide

Mel Piehl, The American Pageant Guidebook: A Manual for Students. 10th ed. Heath

Documentary Reader

Charles M.Dollar and Gary W. Reichard, American Issues: A Documentary Reader, New York, New York: Glencoe McGraw -Hill , 1988


There are several good review books available, and any one of them would work. One of the most popular is the Barron’s Review Guide.

Barron’s Review, AP United States History


Several major tests will be given each quarter on the historical periods covered. These will include a combination of objective, documents based, and free response essay questions. In addition, frequent quizzes will be given on assigned readings, lecture, and class discussion. Each student is assigned reading in primary and secondary sources generally found in American Issue. They must write a synopsis (precis) of each article. Historical essays will be assigned and graded on acceptable style as well as content. Some will be assigned out of class, and some will be in-class, timed essays, and DBQ's, documents based questions, all will be treated and graded in the same manner.

AP Syllabus 2007-2008

Week of


All assigned reading should be completed prior to the week listed on the syllabus. Precis from Documentary Reader, American Issues are due on the first day of the week.

If you miss a class, you should continue work from the syllabus.

Study Guide work is not listed in syllabus, it is outside work that follows the chapters in the text.

Prior to school opening, the assignment is e-mailed to read Chapter 1 in The American Pageant

New World Beginnings

Pre-Columbian cultures, early explorations, introduction of slaver, Spanish & French claims, the rise of mercantilism
Documentary Reader, American Issues

“The First Americans, L.S. Stavrianos (secondary source) p. 5

Indian Language Groups in 1500 (map) p. 7

Papal Bull, Inter Caetra, May 4, 1493 (primary source) p. 12

“First Americans at Work” John White ( visual) p. 15

“Europe’s First Frontier” R.A. Billington (secondary) p. 16

Jamestown in 1607 and 1614 (visual) p. 17
Additionally, on the first day of class, the tools of AP are introduced, DBQ’s, essay techniques, Use of the Study Guide, Precis writing, and on-line practice quizzes, & AP practice tests.


American Pageant, Chapter 2, The Planting of English America

The Chesapeake and southern English colonies, ties with Caribbean economies, British mercantilism

Chapter 3, Settling the Northern Colonies

New England and the Puritans, religious dissent, colonial politics and conflict with British authority, the middle colonies

American Issues

“A Vision of Utopia”, Sir Thomas Moore (primary) p. 19

“Reasons for Colonization”, Richard Hakluyt (primary) p. 21

“Plymouth Plantation”, William Bradford (primary) p. 22

“An Indentured Servant Writes Home”, Richard Frethorne (primary) p. 28
Assignment: DBQ(1993)

English Colonies North and South due 8/31


American Pageant, Chapters 4 & 5 American Life in the 17th Century & Colonial Society on the Eve of the Revolution
American Issues documents:

“Virginia Laws for Blacks” (primary) p. 33

“Indentured Servitude” Hofstadter (secondary) p.28

Cartoon “Join or Die” (visual) p. 51

Essay: Generally losers founded the colonies - due 9/7

Review for Unit Test Chapters 1-5


Unit Test Chapters 1-5 Wednesday, September 5

American Pageant Chapter 6, The Duel for North America

Colonial involvement in British imperial wars, consequences of the French and Indian War, Proclamation of 1763

Chapter 7, The Road to Revolution

Roots of the Revolution and the role of mercantilism, end of benign neglect, failure of diplomacy

American Issues

“Objections to Parliamentary Taxation” John Dickinson

“Common Sense” T Paine (Handout)

“Declaration of Independence” (Text A31)


American Pageant Chapter 8, America Secedes from the Empire

The American Revolution, wartime diplomacy, life on the home front, women and the war, the impact of the war on slavery

Chapter 9, The Confederation and the Constitution

The Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, the role of the Enlightenment, slavery and religion in the political process, wartime diplomacy

American Issues

“Minority Rights in the Republic”, Timothy Ford (primary) p. 97

“Justifying Slavery in the Republic”, David Brion Davis (secondary) p. 99

The Constitution Text A34

Review for Unit Test – Chps. 6-9


Unit Test Chapters 6-9

Thursday, September 20

American Pageant Chapter 10, Launching the New Ship of State

Early national politics and economics, diplomacy during the French revolution, the making of the office of the presidency

American Issues

“Origins of Party: Hamilton’s Economic Program” (primary) p.107

“A Warning Against Party Sentiment”, G Washington (primary) p.111
DBQ 1985 The 1780’s A Critical Period due 10/2


American Pageant Chapter 11 Triumphs and Travails of Jeffersonian Democracy

“The Revolution of 1800”, the Marshall Court, diplomacy of Jefferson and Madison, The Embargo Act, acceleration of expansion west.

Chapter 12, The Second War for Independence/Nationalism

The War of 1812, The Era of Good Feelings, The American System, the diplomacy of expansion, forging anew national identity

Primary sources:

Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions – Jefferson & Madison Excerpts in Text

Majority Opinion Marbury V. Madison – Chief Justice John Marshall (handout)

Essay: The War of 1812 – Comment on the effect the war had on opinions about the United Sates both at home and abroad? Due 10/4


American Pageant Chapter 13

The Rise of a Mass democracy

Jacksonian Democracy and the Whigs, national policy toward American Indians, the era of the “common man”, expansion with the Texas Revolution, slavery and sectionalism
American Issues

“Jacksonian Nationalism and Its Limit –The Bank Veto” Jackson p.143

“King Andrew” (visual) p. 146
Study for Test on Chps. 10-12
DBQ 1980 Jackson and Indian Removal due 10/16


Unit Test on Chapters 10-13

Tuesday, October 18

American Pageant Chapter 14

Forging the National Economy

The rise of the market economy, immigration and the increase in nativism, women in the workplace, the factory system, the transportation revolution, expansion west
American Issues

“Two Frontiers: Urban and Rural”, R Wade (secondary) p. 136


Quarter ends

October 19

American Pageant Chapter 15

The Ferment of Reform and Culture

The Second Great Awakening and the growth of reform, women’s roles in reform, creation of a national culture, advances in education and sciences.

Chapter 16, The South and the Slavery Controversy

Cotton culture, southern society and the impact of the plantation system, the rise of abolitionist movements
American Issues

“Why Immediate Emancipation?” James Brewer Stewart (secondary) p. 170

“The Seneca Falls Declaration of 1848” (primary) p. 172

Images of Slavery (visual) p.195


American Pageant Chapter 17, Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy

Expansion under Polk, Manifest Destiny, War with Mexico

American Issues

“Manifest Destiny,” John Gast (visual) p154

Vote on Joint Resolution on Annexation of Texas (Map) p.165

“Polk’s Reassertion of the Monroe Doctrine”, James K Polk (primary) p.168

Study for Test on Chps. 14-16


Unit Test on Chapters 14-16

Tuesday, October 30

American Pageant Chapter 18, Renewing the Sectional Struggle

Popular Sovereignty, the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Law, the economics of expansion

American Issues

“The Supreme Court Takes the Southern Side” D Potter(secondary) p. 198

“Defense of Slavery As a Benefit to Society”, John C. Calhoun (primary) p. 189

“The Republican Party and the Race Question”, Eric Foner (secondary) p. 202

Majority Opinion in Dred Scott v. Sanford (handout)
DBQ (1987) The 1850’s: prelude to the Civil war due 11/8


American Pageant Chapter 19

Chp. 19, Drifting Toward Disunion

Abolition in the 1850’s, the impact of the Dred Scott Decision, the financial panic of 1857, political crisis in the election of 1860, the coming of the Civil War.
American Issues

“Failure to Compromise: Lincoln and the Crittenden Compromise”, Albert D. Kirwan (secondary); Allan Nevins (secondary) p. 215

“President Lincoln’s Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 (primary) p. 220
In-class Timed Essay: The Civil War was doubly tragic because it was totally unnecessary. Slavery had ended in other nations by the stroke of a pen, and so it could have been in the United States. Assess the validity of this statement.
Study for Unit Test Chps. 17-19


Unit Test Chapters 17-19

Wednesday, November 14

American Pageant Chapter 20, Girding for War

Wartime diplomacy, economic changes in both North and South, women and the war, issues of civil liberties in wartime

Chapter 21, The Furnace of the War

The Penninsula campaign, the “Anaconda”, the war in the West, Sherman’s March, Appomattox, The Emancipation Proclamation, the legacy of the war in both North and South

Emancipation Proclamation – Excerpt from Text
American Issues

“The Battle Hymn of the Republic” Julia Ward Howe (primary) p. 231

“The New York City Riots”, Adrian Cook (secondary) p. 233

“Sherman and Total War”, Wm T. Sherman (primary) p.236

Images of Death and Destruction (visual) p. 238


American Pageant Chapter 21


Video clips from “The Divided Union”
Essay: During the Civil War, the federal government increased its power. Give at least five examples of the central government expanding its power in the North during the Civil War. Due 11/20


American Pageant Chapter 22, The Ordeal of Reconstruction

The defeated South, the freed slaves, Johnson’s Plan, The Radicals, Military Reconstruction, Black reconstruction and the Klan, Impeachment of Johnson.

American Issues

“The Ku Klux Klan” (primary) p. 249

“The Freedman’s Bureau” (visual) p. 252
Constitution: Amendments 13, 14, 15 appendix of text
Study for Unit Test Chps. 20-22


Unit Test Chapters 20-22

Wednesday, December 5

American Pageant Chapter 23, The Gilded Age

US Grant, corruption and reform, Depression of the 1870’s, Compromise of 1877 and the end of Reconstruction, class conflict and ethnic clashes, Civil-Service Reform, Cleveland and the tariff, Harrison and the Billion Dollar Congress, populists, Cleveland regains the White House

American Issues

“The Best Fields for Philanthropy”, Andrew Carnegie (primary) p. 289


American Pageant Chapter 24, Industry Comes of Age

Railroad boom, speculators and financiers, early efforts at government regulations, Lords of Industry, industry in the south, the laboring class, rise of trade unions

American Issues

“Chinese Railroad Workers”, Sandy Lydon (secondary) p.260

“Industrialism and the Rise of Early America”, (secondary) Zane L. Miller p. 280


American Pageant Chapter 25, America Moves to The City

Skyscrapers, tenements, and suburbs, “New Immigrants” settlement houses and social workers, new jobs for women, Nativists and Immigration restriction, Booker T. Washington and W.E. B. DuBois, art, music, and entertainment

American Issues

“Tenement Living” (visual) p. 300

“Practical Politics for Urban Immigrants”, William Riordan (primary) p. 301

“Below the Immigrant: the Black Urban Experience”, Olivier Zunz (secondary) p. 306

DBQ ( 1989) Booker T. Washington and W.E. B. DuBois


Time to catch up on reading


Review for Exams
In-class DBQ (1992) The Settlement of the West


Exam on Wednesday, January 16 @11:00am

AP Exam – excerpts from practice exams that cover material up to this point in the class. It will serve as a grade and also practice in the test format of the AP Exam


American Pageant Chapter 26, The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution

The close of the frontier and it’s impact, industrialism of agriculture, dissent of farmers

American Issues

“The Ghost Dance and the Battle at Wounded Knee”, James Mooney (primary) p. 264

“Bound for the West: Image and Reality”, (visual) p 262-263
In class essay: Consider why artists tend to glorify the westward movement and why many Americans, in turn, have accepted this “glorification” as reality.


American Pageant Chapter 27, Empire and Expansion

Cleveland and the Venezuelan boundary dispute, Hawaii, the Maine, Spanish-American War, 1898, Acquiring Puerto Rico and the Philippines

American Pageant Chapter 28, America on the World Stage

Philipino insurrection, open door, Panama Canal, Roosevelt corollary

American Issues

“Strategic Reasons for American Expansion”, Alfred Thayer Mahan (primary) p. 326

“The White Man’s Burden”, David Healy (secondary) p.329

“Arguments Against American Imperialism”, American Anti-Imperialist League (primary) p. 331

Study for test for Chapters 25-28


Unit Test Chapters 25-28

Tuesday, February 5

American Pageant Chapter 29, Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt

Progressive reform and the trust, demographics of urbanism and political impact, “Dollar Diplomacy”, environmental issues

Chapter 30, Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad

The new freedom versus the new nationalism, progressive economic reform, diplomacy of neutrality

Recent scholarship: Wilsonianism, Idealism, Pragmatism
American Issues

“Varieties of Progressiveism: TR and Wilson”, John Milton Cooper (secondary) p. 317


American Pageant Chapter 31, The War to End War

American entry into the war, Fourteen Points, workers on the home front, the AEF in France, Wilson in Paris, senate rejects Versailles Treaty

View “The Arming of the Earth”, Bill Moyers
American Issues

“American Intervention in WWI”, Ross Gregory (secondary) p. 336


American Pageant Chapter 32, American Life in the Roaring Twenties

The red scare, immigration restriction, prohibition and gangsterism, Scopes Trial, consumerism, the automobile age, radio and the movies

Chapter 33, The Politics of Boom and Bust

Harding scandals, Coolidge’s foreign policies, Herbert Hoover and the great crash, Hoover and the Depression

American Issues

“The Controversy Over Evolution”, Ronald L. Numbers (secondary) p. 350

“The Revived KKK”, Hiram W. Evans (primary) p. 345

“Marcus Garvey and Black Nationalism”, (visual) p. 348

“Religion and Politics: A Catholic Runs for President”, Alfred E. Smith, (primary) p. 352
DBQ (1978) Prohibition, 1900-1919

Due 2/20


Unit Test Chapters 29-30

Tuesday, February 26

American Pageant Chapter 34, The Great Depression and the New Deal

FDR and “Recovery Relief Reform”. Demographic changes associated with the Depression, cultural changes in the 1930’s, the supreme court and the balance of political power in government

American Issues

“Radicalism on the Left”, Huey P. Long (primary) p. 362

“The Depression and the New Deal: Measures of Recovery”, (graphs) p. 365

“Documenting Poverty and the Depression”, Dorothea Lange (visual) p. 366

Essay: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal represented a radical departure from previous American traditions in government and political economy. Evaluate this statement.

Due 2/28


Unit Test Chapters 31 & 32

Tuesday, March 4

Chapter 35, FDR and the Shadow of War

German and Japanese aggression, attempts at neutrality and isolation, diplomacy and economics of the pre-war years, Pearl Harbor

American Issues

“”To Fight For Freedom”, Norman Rockwell (visual) p. 386

“Labor Debates the “No Strike Pledge”, Michigan CIO Counsel (primary) p. 397

“Women and Wartime Mobilization”, Susan M. Hartmann (secondary) p. 407


Unit Test on Chapters 33-35

Thursday, March 13

American Pageant Chapter 36, America in World War II

The war in Europe and in the Far East, the home front, changes for women and minorities, the decision to use the atomic bomb and its consequences

American Issues

“Japanese-American Relocation”, US House Select Committee Hearings (primary) p. 402

“ America and the Holocaust”, David S. Wyman (secondary) p. 388
DBQ (1988) The decision to drop the atomic bomb

Due 3/13


Quarter Ends March 19

American Pageant Chapter 37, The Cold War Begins

Post war prosperity and the baby boom, Communism and containment, diplomacy and the Marshall Plan, the Korean War, the Red Scare, U.S. as a world power

American Issues

“American Commitment to Cold War”, Department of State (primary) p. 415

Watch portions of The CenturyPeter Jennings

Study Guides for all sections & Daily Quizzes


Chapter Test Chp 36 & 37

Thursday, March 27

American Pageant Chapter 38

The Eisenhower Era

Consumer culture in the 1950’s, the Civil Rights revolution, McCarthyism, Cold War expansion, space race, post-war literature and culture
American Issues

“American Public Opinion and the Korean War’”(secondary) p. 415

“The Origins of McCarthyism,” Robert Griffith (secondary) p. 420

“Eisenhower and the U-2” Stephen Ambrose (secondary) p. 424

“The Military-Industrial Complex’” DDE (primary) p. 425
Watch clips from The McCarthy Years-Edward R. Murrow

Documentary with Study Guide and Quizzes

Study for Test Chp. 36-37
Essay: Describe the events leading up to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 and explain its significance to the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, as well as its impact on John Kennedy’s presidency and Nikita Khrushchev’s leadership in the Soviet Union. Due 4-9

3-31 Spring Break

Begin reviewing on your own


Daily Quizzes on The Century

American Pageant Chapter 39, The Stormy Sixties

The Cold War continues, expansion of the war in Vietnam, the civil rights revolution and evolution, Johnson and the Great Society, immigration and demographic changes

Watch portions of The Century – Peter Jennings
American Issues

“Desegregation and the Southern Reaction”, Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka; “Southern Manifesto” (primary) p. 435

“A Strategy for the Civil Rights Revolution”, MLK (primary) p. 444


American Pageant Chapter 40, The Stalemated Seventies

Rise of conservatism, economic stagnation, crisis over presidential power, environmental issues, feminism, women’s movement, civil rights and affirmative action, foreign policy and the issue of oil

Watch portions of The Century – Peter Jennings

Listen to tapes of:

Inaugural Address - JFK

“I Have a Dream” Speech – MLK

American Issues

Implementing Equality: Affirmative Action, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (primary) p. 472

April 20, Extra Review Session - Sunday


Go over review materials

Handouts for people & terms, elections, key court cases, wars. Organize study groups.


Test over The Century

Tuesday, April 22

American Pageant Chapter 41, The Resurgence of Conservatism

Reagan and the New Right, end of the Cold War, Reaganomics, politics and the Supreme Court, globalization, war and diplomacy in the middle east.

American Issues:

Reaganonmics: Economic Policies and Results in the Eighties (visual)

Study for Unit Test Chps. 38-40.


Unit Test Chps. 38-40 on Tuesday, April 29

American Pageant Chapter 42, America Confronts the Post-Cold War Era

The Clinton Era, post Cold War politics and foreign policy, the contested election of 2000, the attack on the World Trade Center and America post 911.

Chapter 43, The American people face a New Century

Demographic changes, changes in the family, immigration and related issues,a

multi-cultural society, the high tech economy, America in a global context.
American Issues

“AIDS: A Crisis in Health Care”, Peter S. Arno and

Karyn L. Feiden (secondary) p. 483

May 4, Extra Review Session

Sunday, 2:00-4:30pm

Practice AP Exam


Review – Go over exam 5/5

AP Practice Exam 5/7


AP US History Exam Friday, May 9


Recap the course & evaluate





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