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Teacher: Kyle Hickman WWSHS 2014-2015

Room: S132 Second Semester

Contact phone: (630) 784-7200 ext. 8658

Contact e-mail: kyle.hickman@cusd200.org
AP United States History
Advanced Placement United States History is a year-long course designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills as students deal with the problems and events in United States History. Students should learn to assess historical materials or information and make valid interpretations. The course is designed to develop skills necessary to arrive at conclusions based on informed judgments. Students will be taught that in forming conclusions all evidence will have to be presented in a clear and persuasive manner. The information may be presented in either oral or written exercises. The course will involve extensive reading and in-depth written assignments. It will cover United States History beginning with the pre-Columbian period and concluding with recent history. Students will be provided with the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.
Bring your textbook and other readings for the day with you to each class meeting. We will refer to the textbook and readings during our lectures and discussions and you will need to have them on hand for class discussion as indicated in the weekly calendar. It is extremely important that students prepare the assigned homework on time. Study and homework outside the classroom each day should be expected. Students are expected to read the text before class. All activities and assignments for the upcoming week will be listed on a weekly calendar to be posted in the classroom and online. Be sure to check the weekly calendar regularly because the assignments may not always be specifically referred to in class. I expect homework to be turned in on the due date. The late policy for homework assignments is as follows: 1 day late = 50% reduction of grade, 2 days late = no credit.
Grades are based on demonstrated ability to do the work of the course as measured by tests (40%), papers and projects (30%), participation and attendance (10%), and a final exam (20%). Extra credit will NOT be offered. The grading scale is as follows:
A = 100% - 90%

B = 89% - 80%

C = 79% - 70%

D = 69% - 60%

F = 59% or below
Test dates may be rearranged, but such changes will be announced well in advance. Each unit utilizes discussions of and writing about related historiography: how interpretations of events have changed over time, how the issues of one time period have had an impact on the experiences and decisions of subsequent generations, and how such reevaluations of the past continue to shape the way historians see the world today.
Since good attendance is important for success in this class, it is expected that students will be present for all class sessions except during illness and unavoidable emergencies. Excessive absences and/or tardiness will have a negative impact on your participation grade. Students will get one day to make-up work for each day absent. This rule also applies in the event that an absence occurs on the day of a test. If you miss receiving or handing in an assignment because of an unexcused absence, you may still complete the assignment, but you will only receive half-credit. Do not expect me to continually remind you to make up your test or turn in homework assignments. If, for some reason, you fall behind in your reading, catch up quickly. If you miss class, get the notes from a friend and check with me if you are unsure of something. You and you alone are responsible for any lecture material as well as assignments if you miss class. If a student is having difficulty in class, it is in his or her best interest to meet with me before or after class to arrange a help session.
Academic dishonesty violations normally result in a grade of zero for the test or assignment and in some cases a mandatory conference with the parent(s) or guardian(s). Plagiarism is defined as the use of another person’s words, ideas, or writing without giving proper credit. Engaging in plagiarism will result in a “0” on the assignment. A “0” on a test, paper, or project will do serious damage to your grade.




Textbook
Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas Bailey. The American Pageant. 15th ed. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2013.
Additional Readings
Cobbs-Hoffman, Elizabeth, Jon Gjerde, and Edward J. Blum, eds. Major Problems in American History. Volumes I & II. 3rd ed. Boston, Mass.: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2012.
Major Problems in American History is a collection of various documents organized around critical questions or problems in the American past. Each chapter also includes essays by two historians, each offering conflicting or differing interpretations of the problem, to give us a sense of what "the culture of argument" within the historical profession looks like in practice.
There will also be various articles and handouts from time to time provided by the teacher.
Suggested Readings - Since 1877

Acuña, Rodolfo, Occupied America: A History of Chicanos

Anderson, Karen, Wartime Women: Sex Roles, Family Relations, and the Status of Women during World War II

Ayers, Edward L., The Promise of the New South: Life after Reconstruction

Blum, John Morton, V Was for Victory: Politics and American Culture during World War II

Bodnar, John, The Transplanted: A History of Immigration

Cohen, Lizabeth, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939

Dudziak, Mary, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy

Evans, Sara, Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left

Flanagan, Maureen, America Reformed: Progressives and Progressivisms, 1890s-1920s

Goodwyn, Lawrence, Democratic Promise: The Populist Moment in America

Green, James, Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement, and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America

Grossman, James, Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration

Handlin, Oscar, The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations that Made the American People

Hine, Robert V., and John Mack Faragher, The American West: A New Interpretive History

Hofstadter, Richard, The Age of Reform: From Bryan to FDR

Isserman, Maurice, and Michael Kazin, America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

Kennedy, David M., Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945

---, Over Here: The First World War and American Society

LaFeber, Walter, America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-2002

Leuchtenburg, William E., Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940

Patterson, James, Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974

Rodgers, Daniel T., Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age

Sanchez, George, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945

Wiebe, Robert, The Search for Order, 1877-1920

Wilentz, Sean, The Age of Reagan: A History 1974-2008

Williams, William Appleman, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy

Woloch, Nancy, Women and the American Experience

Woodward, C. Vann, The Strange Career of Jim Crow

---, Origins of the New South: 1877-1913

Young, Marilyn, Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990







Course Overview
Second Semester: Since 1877
Unit 7: The Gilded Age (3 weeks)

Unit 8: Imperialism, Progressivism, and World War I (3 weeks)

Unit 9: The Twenties, the Great Depression, and the New Deal (2 weeks)

Unit 10: World War II and the Beginning of the Cold War (2 weeks)

Unit 11: The Eisenhower Era and the Sixties (2 weeks)

Unit 12: The Seventies, Conservatism, and a New Century (2 weeks)

AP EXAM (May 8)

Unit 13: Local History (2 weeks)

Final Exams (June 1 - June 4)

Week of January 19 - 23
Monday 1/19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
American Pageant: Chapter 23, Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age

Topics: The Origins of the New South, Reconfiguration of southern agriculture: sharecropping and crop-lien system, The politics of segregation: Jim Crow and disfranchisement

Additional Readings: excerpt from The Gilded Age (1880)

The Assassination of President Garfield (1889)

The People’s Party Platform (1892)

From Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)

Activities: The Changing Labor Force

Industry and Urban Growth


Week of January 26 - 30
American Pageant: Chapter 24, Industry Comes of Age

Topics: Expansion of manufacturing and industrialization, Expansion and development of western railroads, Corporate consolidation of industry, Labor and unions, National politics and influence of corporate power



American Pageant: Chapter 25, America Moves to the City

Topics: Migration and immigration: the changing face of the nation, Effects of technological development on the worker and workplace, Urbanization and the lure of the city, City problems and machine politics, Women’s roles: family, workplace, education, politics, and reform

Additional Readings: from “Wealth and Its Uses”

from The History of the Standard Oil Company



On the Goals of Trade Unions, 1883

“The Talented Tenth” by W. E. B. Du Bois

from How the Other Half Lives

from Twenty Years at Hull-House


Week of February 2 - 6
American Pageant: Chapter 26, The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution

Topics: Competitors for the West: miners, ranchers, homesteaders, and American Indians, Government policy toward American Indians, Gender, race, and ethnicity in the far West

Environmental impacts of western settlement, Agrarian discontent and political issues of the late nineteenth century

Major Problems: Patricia Nelson Limerick, “The Frontier as a Place of Ethnic and Religious Conflict” &

Donald Worster, “The Frontier as the Forefront of Capitalism”

Historian Frederick Jackson Turner Articulates the “Frontier Thesis,” 1893

Additional Readings: Congressional Report on Indian Affairs (1887)

Tragedy at Wounded Knee (1890)

Benjamin Harrison, Report on Wounded Knee Massacre and the Decrease in Indian

Land Acreage (1891)

Video: Freedom: A History of US - Episode 9: Working for Freedom & Episode 10: Yearning to Breathe Free



Book Selection: Since 1877 (Due Feb. 2)

DBQ Essay: Washington and Du Bois (Due Feb. 3)

TEST: The Gilded Age, Chapters 23-26 (Feb. 6)
Week of February 9 - 13
American Pageant: Chapter 27, Empire and Expansion

Topics: The sources of American expansionism, The Spanish-American War, American imperialism: political and economic expansion



Major Problems: The American Anti-Imperialist League Denounces U.S. Policy, 1899

The Platt Amendment Limits Cuban Independence, 1903

Additional Readings: In Favor of Imperialism

The Spanish American War (1898)

William McKinley, “Decision on the Philippines”(1900)

The Monroe Doctrine & The Roosevelt Corollary

Video: Teddy Roosevelt: An American Lion (Part 2)
Week of February 16 - 20
Monday 2/16, Presidents’ Day - No School
American Pageant: Chapter 28, Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt

Topics: Origins of Progressive reform: municipal, state, and national, Roosevelt and Taft administrations

Additional Readings: “The Modern City and the Municipal Franchise for Women” by Jane Addams

“The Status of Woman” by Susan B. Anthony

Activity: The Movement Toward Woman Suffrage

Video: American Experience: One Woman, One Vote


Week of February 23 - 27
American Pageant: Chapter 29, Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad

Topics: The Wilson administration, The New Freedom versus the New Nationalism, War in Europe and American neutrality



American Pageant: Chapter 30, The War to End War

Topics: The First World War at home and abroad, Wilsonian idealism and the Fourteen Points, Treaty of Versailles



Major Problems: Michael McGerr, “Class, Gender, and Race at Home: The American Birthplace of

Progressivism” & Daniel T. Rodgers, “American Progressivism in the Wider Atlantic

World”
Additional Readings: The Zimmermann Note

Request for a Declaration of War 1917

Activity: Causes of the First World War
Friday 2/27, Institute Day - No School
Week of March 2 - 6

Additional Readings: Woodrow Wilson, The Fourteen Points (1918)



On the Terms of Peace by Henry Cabot Lodge

“What We Lost in the Great War” by John Steele Gordon

Map: A New Look for Europe

DBQ Essay: Progressivism (Due Mar. 2)
Tuesday 3/3, State Testing - No Class
Video: Freedom: A History of US - Episode 11: Safe for Democracy

TEST: Imperialism, Progressivism, and World War I, Chapters 27-30 (Mar. 5)

Additional Reading: from The Scopes Trial

Video: In Search of History: The Monkey Trial
Week of March 9 - 13
American Pageant: Chapter 31, American Life in the “Roaring Twenties”

Topics: Black America: urban migration and civil rights initiatives, The business of America and the consumer economy, The culture of Modernism: science, the arts, and entertainment, Responses to Modernism: religious fundamentalism, nativism, and Prohibition, The ongoing struggle for equality: African Americans and women



American Pageant: Chapter 32, The Politics of Boom and Bust

Topics: Republican politics: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover



Major Problems: Langston Hughes: Poet of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance

Song of the Depression: “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” 1931

Additional Readings: Bartolomeo Vanzetti’s Speech to the Jury

from “When the Negro Was in Vogue” by Langston Hughes

The Stock Market Crash

Activity: Political Cartoon
Week of March 16 - 20
American Pageant: Chapter 33, The Great Depression and the New Deal

Topics: Causes of the Great Depression, The Hoover administration’s response, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal, Labor and union recognition, The New Deal coalition and its critics from the Right and the Left, Surviving hard times: American society during the Great Depression



Major Problems: John Steinbeck Portrays the Outcast Poor in The Grapes of Wrath, 1939

David M. Kennedy, “FDR: Advocate for the American People” & Burton Folsom, “FDR: Architect of Ineffectual Big Government”

Additional Readings: Attack on the Bonus Army

Letter from a Dust Bowl Survivor

Father Charles E. Coughlin, “A Third Party” (1936)

Maps: The Great Depression Takes Its Toll

Decade of the Democrats

Activity: WPA Posters

Film: Cinderella Man

DBQ Essay: The New Deal (Due Mar. 19)
Week of March 23 - 27
Video: Freedom: A History of US - Episode 12: Depression and War

TEST: The Twenties, the Great Depression, & the New Deal, Chapters 31-33 (Mar. 24)

American Pageant: Chapter 34, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War

Topics: The rise of fascism and militarism in Japan, Italy, and Germany, Prelude to war: policy of neutrality, The attack on Pearl Harbor and United States declaration of war

Additional Readings: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Quarantine Speech” (1937)

Franklin D. Roosevelt, The Four Freedoms (1941)

The Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Japanese Relocation Order, February 19, 1942

Activity: Developing Historical Perspective

Film: Pearl Harbor

Primary Source: War Poster

Recording: FDR Addresses Congress


Week of March 30 - April 3

No School - Spring Break
Week of April 6 - 10
American Pageant: Chapter 35, America in World War II

Topics: Fighting a multifront war, Diplomacy, war aims, and wartime conferences, The United States as a global power in the Atomic Age, Wartime mobilization of the economy, Urban migration and demographic changes, Women, work, and family during the war, Civil liberties and civil rights during wartime, War and regional development, Expansion of government power



Major Problems: General Dwight Eisenhower Testifies to the German Concentration Camps, 1945

John Morton Blum, “G.I. Joe: Fighting for Home” & Alan Brinkley, “American Liberals: Fighting for a Better World”

Additional Readings: On the Declaration of War

A. Philip Randolph, “Why Should We March?” (1942)

Albert Einstein, Letter to President Roosevelt (1939)

Harry S. Truman, Statement on the Atomic Bomb (1945)

Video: Band of Brothers

Book Review: Since 1877 (See Suggested Readings, p. 2) (Due Apr. 10)
Week of April 13 - 17
American Pageant: Chapter 36, The Cold War Begins

Topics: Origins of the Cold War, Truman and containment

Additional Readings: Harry S. Truman, The Truman Doctrine (1947)

TEST: World War II and the Beginning of the Cold War, Chapters 34-36 (Apr. 14)

American Pageant: Chapter 37, The Eisenhower Era

Topics: The Cold War in Asia: China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan, Diplomatic strategies and policies of the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, The Red Scare and McCarthyism, Impact of the Cold War on American society, Emergence of the modern civil rights movement



Major Problems: Independence Leader Ho Chi Minh Pleads with Harry Truman for Support, 1946

President Dwight Eisenhower Warns of Falling Dominoes, 1954

Additional Reading: Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

Activity: The Brown Decision, Ten Years Later


Week of April 20 - 24


American Pageant: Chapter 38, The Stormy Sixties

Topics: From the New Frontier to the Great Society, Expanding movements for civil rights, Cold War confrontations: Asia, Latin America, and Europe, Beginning of Détente, The antiwar movement and the counterculture



Major Problems: Kenneth Cmiel, “Sixties Liberalism and the Revolution in Manners” & Gerard J. DeGroot,

“Incivility and Self-Destruction: The Real Sixties”

Additional Readings: John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, 1961

from “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Video: Letters from Vietnam

DBQ Essay: The Civil Rights Movement (Due Apr. 22)
Week of April 27 - May 1

TEST: The Eisenhower Era and the Sixties, Chapters 37-38 (Apr. 27)

Video: Freedom: A History of US - Episode 13: Democracy and Struggles & Episode 14: Let Freedom Ring



American Pageant: Chapter 39, The Stalemated Seventies

Topics: The election of 1968 and the “Silent Majority,” Nixon’s challenges: Vietnam, China, and Watergate, Changes in the American economy: the energy crisis, deindustrialization, and the service economy



American Pageant: Chapter 40, The Resurgence of Conservatism

Topics: The New Right and the Reagan revolution, End of the Cold War, Demographic changes: surge of immigration after 1965, Sunbelt migration, and the graying of America

Additional Readings: from All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Activity: Oil Consumption in the 1970s


Week of May 4 - May 8
American Pageant: Chapter 41, America Confronts the Post-Cold War Era

Topics: The Clinton presidency, the Clinton impeachment trial, the controversial 2000 election, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Obama presidency



American Pageant: Chapter 42, The American People Face a New Century

Topics: Globalization and the American economy, Unilateralism vs. multilateralism in foreign policy, Domestic and foreign terrorism, immigration and assimilation, the changing economy



Major Problems: Senator Robert Byrd Condemns Post-9/11 Foreign Policy, 2003

Additional Readings: from Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address



from “A Bridge to the Future” by Bill Clinton

Activity: Political Cartoon



DBQ Essay: The Seventies, Conservatism, and a New Century (In-Class Essay, May 6)
Friday 5/8, UNITED STATES HISTORY AP EXAM (Morning 8 AM)
Week of May 11 - 15
Video: Freedom: A History of US - Episode 15: Marching to Freedom Land & Episode 16: Becoming Free

DuPage Roots: Chapter 1, Earth Making - Natural History To 10,000 BC

Chapter 2, The Planting - The Pioneer Epoch To 1850



The Prairie State: From Patrick Henry, “Letter of Instruction to John Todd, 1778”

From Josiah Harmar, “Letter to the Secretary of War, November 24, 1787”

Video: American Experience: Chicago - City of the Century

Week of May 18 - 22


DuPage Roots: Chapter 3, The Uprooting - The Civil War Era 1850-1870

Chapter 4, The Tap Root - Into the Modern Era 1870-1920

Chapter 5, The Transplants - Post World Wars 1920-1950

Chapter 6, Succession Community - Since 1950

Video: American Experience: Chicago - City of the Century
Week of May 25 - 29
Monday 5/26, Memorial Day - No School
Film: Forrest Gump

Review for Final Exam


Week of June 1 - 5
Final Exam: Since 1877 (Chapters 23-42)
Friday, 6/5, Last Day of School



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