|United States History Advanced Placement (AP)
The AP program in United States history is designed to provide students with the
analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with issues and
information. AP students will learn to assess historical materials, their relevance, reliability, and importance to a given interpretive problem. They will also learn how to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented through historical scholarship. The AP course is intended to assist students in developing the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format.
THE STUDENT WILL:
1. Demonstrate in depth knowledge of United States history.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the origins and development of the United States
Constitution with application to current political structure.
3. Make comparisons among varying historical interpretations of United States history.
4. Analyze and discuss opposing accounts or explanations of an event by the use of
historical evidence to develop and defend opinions on historical issues.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology.
6. Interpret and apply data from primary source documents, maps, charts, graphs,
7. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship of current events in the context of
8. Develop an understanding and awareness of the many multicultural contributions to
the history of the United States.
9. Prepare for and successfully pass the AP U.S. History Exam.
I. Chapters 1-8 (3 weeks)
The emergence of American cultural traits and the factors that contributed to them
Emerging regional patterns and how they evolved
Colonists reevaluate their relationship with Great Britain and with each other
The American Revolution as a conservative or radical movement
The American Revolution's place in world developments of the time period
1) Discovery and Settlement of the New World
2) America and the British Empire
DBQ: New England and Chesapeake Regions
3) Colonial Society in the Mid-Eighteenth Century
o Compare and contrast New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.
o Discuss characteristics of the Puritan experiment in colonial America.
o Discuss the economic and political relationships between Great Britain and the
American colonies prior to 1700.
o Discuss the origins of slavery in colonial America.
o Describe the impact of Bacon's Rebellion on Southern colonies.
FRQ: Analyze trade routes and colonial economic development
4) Road to Revolution
o Explain the role of mercantilism and its impact on the various colonies.
o Compare the differences between French and English colonial claims in North
o Discuss the impact of the Treaty of Paris on America.
o How did the victory over France lead to the American Revolution?
o Discuss how changes in British colonial policy (176376) led to the American
DBQ: French and Indian War
5) American Revolution (1 week)
o Work of the Continental Congress
o Declaration of Independence
o War Years
o Articles of Confederation
o Peace of Paris (1783)
o Creation of new state governments
o Justify the reasons for America's claim of independence from Great Britain.
o Do you think the American Revolution was avoidable?
o Discuss the economic and social changes brought about by the American Revolution.
o Discuss events that led up to the establishment of the Articles of Confederation..
What, if any, were its weaknesses and successes?
DBQ: American Revolution as a civil war
II. Chapters 9-10
Impact of colonial experience on post-independence government
Development of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights
The emergence of political parties and the factors that divided them
The development of sectional specialization and interdependence
The conflict between national power and states' rights
1) Constitution and the New Republic [2 weeks]
A. Drafting the Constitution
B. Ratification Problems
C. Bill of Rights
D. Washington as president
E. John Adams as president
1. Alien and Sedition Acts
2. Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions
3. XYZ Affair
o Why has the constitution been referred to as a "bundle of compromises"?
o Compare the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution.
o Discuss the factors that led to the development of political parties in America.
o Discuss the factors that led to the development of U.S. foreign policy during the
o Discuss the impact of the Judiciary Act of 1801.
DBQ: Constitutional Convention
FRQ: Analyze Anti-Federalist opposition to ratification.
III. Chapter 11
The peaceful transfer of power from one party to another
Changes in party positions
National growth and the growth of nationalism
1) Age of Jefferson and Madison [2 weeks]
A. Jefferson as President
1. Supreme Court under John Marshall
2. Louisiana Purchase
3. War with the Barbary pirates
4. Neutral rights, impressments, embargo
5. Legacy of Jeffersonian democracy
o Why has the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800 been referred to as the
“Revolution of 1800"?
o What factors led to the decline of the Federalist Party in America?
o What were Thomas Jefferson's three greatest legacies?
B. Madison as President
1. Internal problems
2. War of 1812
ii. Canadian excursion
iii. Hartford Convention
iv. Treaty of Ghent
v. Battle of New Orleans
o What factors led America to the War of 1812?
o Discuss the earliest examples of how the federal government was challenged by those
advocating "states' rights".
IV. Chapter 12
1) Nationalism and Economic Expansion [1 week]
A. James Monroe "Era of Good Feelings"
B. Panic of 1819
C. Western expansion
D. Slavery and the Missouri Compromise
E. Foreign problems
3. Monroe Doctrine
F. Corrupt Bargain election of 1824
G. Economic revolution
1. Early railroads and canals
2. Expansion of business
o Explain factors contributing to American nationalism in the post War of 1812 era.
o Discuss important contributions brought on by industrialization and its impact on the
o Why did Thomas Jefferson refer to the issue of slavery in America as "a fireball in
the night" and how prophetic was his assertion?
DBQ: The evolution of American foreign policy 1793-1825
FRQ: Analyze the impact of the marker revolution on two regions.
V. Chapter 13-14
The emergence of the second American party system
The emergence of the "Common Man" in American politics
Geographical and economic expansion
Reform movements and the American character
1) Age of Andrew Jackson [1 week]
A. Democracy and the "uncommon man"
B. Changes in structure of political parties
C. Internal improvements and emergence of states' rights
D. Nullification crisis
1. Tariff issue
2. Peggy Eaton" affair"
3. Calhoun v. Jackson
E. Bank war: Jackson v. Biddle
F. Presidency of Martin Van Buren
G. Removal of the Native American
1. Independent treasury system
2. Panic of 1837
o Discuss factors that led to the rise of the "New Democracy" during the 1830's.
o Why was the election of Jackson referred to as a revolution?
o Was the Indian Removal (Trail of Tears) necessary?
DBQ: Jacksonian Democrats
VI. Chapter 15
1) Sectionalism [1 week]
A. The South
1. Cotton kingdom
2. Trade and industry
3. Society and culture
B. The North
C. Westward expansion
1. Advance of agricultural frontier
2. Life on the frontier
DBQ: The effects of early westward movement on the American nation
FRQ: Changing roles of women between 1790 and 1860.
VII. Chapter 16
1) Creating an American culture [1 week]
A. Cultural nationalism
2. Art and music
B. Education reform
C. Religious revivalism
D. Utopian experiments: Mormons, Oneida, New Harmony, Shakers, etc.
F. Reform crusades
1. Emerging women's rights movement
5. Mentally ill
o Compare and contrast the First and Second Great Awakenings and their impact on
religion in America.
FRQ: Influence of the Second Great Awakening.
o Discuss reform movements in America. Which is most significant in order
VIII. Chapters 17- 18
1) Territorial Expansion and Continued Sectional Crisis [1 week]
A. Manifest Destiny
1. Texas annexation
2. Oregon territory
B. James K. Polk and the Mexican War
1. Slavery and the territories
2. Wilmot Proviso
o Discuss the role of Manifest Destiny during the election of 1844 and what its impact
on both foreign affairs and domestic policies was.
o Compare Southern black slavery with Northern wage slavery.
FRQ: Analyze creation of African American culture in slavery.
IX. Chapters 19-20
Slavery and causes of the Civil War
1) The 1850's: Decade of Crisis [1 week]
A. Compromise of 1850
B. Uncle Tom's Cabin
C. Kansas-Nebraska Act
D. “Bleeding Kansas"
1. Pottawatomie Massacre
2. Lecompton Constitution
E. Dred Scott decision
F. Lincoln-Douglas debates, 1858
G. Harpers Ferry raid and John Brown
H. Election of 1860
1. Sectional candidates
2. Lincoln's election
I. Secession crisis
DBQ: Lincoln and the Abolition of Slavery
FRQ: Analyze effectiveness of political compromise in reducing sectional tensions.
X. Chapters 21-22
Secession and war
Reconstruction issues and plans
The struggle for equality
Native American relations
1) American Civil War or the War Between the States [1 week]
1. Mobilization and financing
2. Civil liberties
3. Election of 1864
1. Confederate constitution
2. Mobilization and financing
3. States' rights and the Confederacy
C. Foreign affairs and diplomacy during wartime
D. Military strategy, campaigns, and battles
E. Abolition of slavery
1. Emancipation Proclamation
2. Freedmen's Bureau
3. Thirteenth Amendment
F. Effects of war on society
1. Inflation and public debt
2. Role of women
3. Devastation of the South
4. Changing labor patterns
o Discuss how the break down of the major political parties during the 1850's was a
determining factor leading to the Civil War in America.
o Compare the grievances of the South that led to the Civil War with those factors
leading to the American Revolution.
o Do you think the War Between the States was inevitable or avoidable?
o Discuss the role of diplomacy during the Civil War.
o Compare the leadership of Lincoln and Davis during the Civil War.
FRQ: Evaluate the impact of the Civil War on regional political and economic
XI. Chapter 23
1) Reconstruction to 1877 [1 week]
A. Presidential Reconstruction under Lincoln and Johnson
B. Radical Republican (Congressional) Reconstruction
1. Civil rights and the Fourteenth Amendment
2. Military reconstruction
3. Impeachment of Johnson
4. Fifteenth Amendment and African-American suffrage
C. Southern state government: problems, achievements, and weaknesses
D. Stolen election of 1877 and the end of Reconstruction
o Compare presidential versus congressional plans for Reconstruction.
o Discuss factors surrounding congressional rejection of newly elected Southern legislators
in 1865 and the impeachment of President Johnson.
o Discuss the impact of the Compromise of 1877 and its impact on the South and the new
DBQ: Reconstruction and justice for freed Blacks
XII. Chapters 24-26
Political alignment and corruption in the Gilded Age
Role of government in economic growth and regulation
Social, economic, and political impact of industrialization
1) Industrialization and Corporate Consolidation [2 weeks]
A. Industrial growth: railroads, iron, coal, electricity, steel, oil, and banks
B. Industrialization and Corporate Consolidation
1. Laissez-faire conservatism
i. “Gospel of Wealth"
ii. Myth of the "self-made man"
iii. Social Darwinism
iv. Social critics and dissenters
2. Effects of technological development on workers and work place
3. Union movement
i. National Trade Union, Knights of Labor, and American
Federation of Labor
ii. Strikes: Haymarket Square, Homestead, and Pullman
C. Urban Society
1. Post Civil War lure of the city
2. Immigration in late Nineteenth Century
3. City problems
i. Reform movements
a. Social legislation
b. Settlement houses: Jane Adams and Lillian Wald
c. Structural reforms in government
4. Intellectual and Cultural Movements
o Describe some of the unfair practices employed by railroads that led to the demand for
o Discuss the role of women as it relates to the growth of cities in America.
FRQ: Analyze farmers’ and workers’ response to industrialization in the Gilded Age.
XIII. Chapter 27
The Conquest of the Indians
The mining and cattle frontiers
The industrialization of agriculture
1) New South and the End of the Frontier [1 week]
A. Politics in the New South
2. Plight of Whites and African Americans
3. Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws
B. Post war economy in the South
5. Industrial beginnings
C. Cattle Kingdom
6. Open range ranching
7. Day of the cowboy
D. Building the railroad
E. Subordination of the Native American
8. Plains Indian wars
9. Plight of the Nez Perce and Chief Joseph
F. Problems in farming on the Plains
G. Mining bonanzas
o Describe how reformers and humanitarians hastened the destruction of the Plains Indian
o Compare and contrast the ideas of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois.
DBQ: Plessey v. Ferguson
FRQ: To what extent was the “New South” a reality by WWI?
FRQ: Affects of technology and government actions on Plains Indians.
XIV. Chapters 29-30
1) Foreign Policy including Imperialism [2 weeks]
A. New imperialism
1. Purchase of Alaska
2. Blaine and Latin America
3. International Darwinism: missionaries, politicians, and naval
4. Spanish-American War including Philippines Question
5. China and the Open Door policy
6. Theodore Roosevelt and the "Big Stick" including the Panama Canal
then and now.
B. New foreign policy initiatives
1. Taft and Dollar Diplomacy
2. Wilson and Moral Diplomacy
o Compare the policies of Presidents Cleveland and McKinley on the issue of Hawaii.
DBQ: United States Expansionism
FRQ: Analyze to what extent the Spanish American was a turning point in American
XV. Chapter 31
Role of government in the economy
Role and effectiveness of third parties
Immigration and urbanization
Theodore Roosevelt/Taft/Wilson: Conservatives as Progressives
1) Progressive Era [1 week]
A. Origins of Progressivism
1. Progressive attitudes and motives
3. Social Gospel
C. Women's role: family, work reform, education, and suffrage
D. "Square Deal"
E. Taft administration
F. "New Freedom"
o List and justify President Roosevelt's five most important contributions to Americ
an political life.
o Compare and contrast the Populist movement with Progressivism.
o Compare Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson as progressives and as presidents.
DBQ: Progressivism and the labor movement
FRQ: Theodore Roosevelt and governmental change.
XVI. Chapters 32-33
The changing role of the U.S. in world affairs from isolationism to world power
U.S. motives in World War I and postwar agreements
Presidential and congressional roles in policy management
1) First World War [1 week]
A. European background as to causes
B. US neutrality problems
C. Preparedness and pacifism
D. Mobilization and in the fight
E. Post War treaties
1. Versailles and the four other treaties
2. Ratification fight in U.S. Senate
o Briefly discuss the major principles of President Wilson's Fourteen Points.
FRQ: Analyze WWII support effort on the home front.
XVII. Chapters 34-35
Post World War I compared to post Civil War nativism, laissez-faire, labor
government, farmers, and attitudes toward reform
U.S. pursuit of "advantages without responsibilities"
Administration policy of "nullification by administration"
Cultural conflicts: native vs. foreign; rural vs. urban
Revolution in manners and morals
1) The 1920s [1 week]
A. Republican governments: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover
B. Big business and laissez faire
1. Prosperity and wealth
2. Farm and labor problems
C. Social and Cultural Issues
4. Women and the family
5. Religious fundamentalism
6. Literature of alienation
7. Jazz age
8. Nativism revisited
i. Eastern European
ii. Ku Klux Klan is back
D. Isolationism v. Internationalism Debate
1. Rejection of League of Nations
2. Washington Naval Conferences
i. Naval cutbacks
ii. Nine and Five Power Pacts
3. Kellogg-Brigand Pact
o Discuss the meaning of "xenophobia" and how it relates to the decade following World
o Discuss the role of Secretary of State Charles E. Hughes on foreign policy during the
decade of the 20's.
o Compare the thoughts and ideas of those favoring internationalism as opposed to
isolationism during the 1920's.
DBQ: Literary and artistic movements of the 1920s
FRQ: Shaping American national culture in the 1920s.
XVIII. Chapters 35-36
The role of government in society and the economy
Human suffering and response to the Great Depression
1) Depression and New Deal [2 weeks]
A. Collapse of the stock market
B. Depression economic issues
C. Franklin D. Roosevelt's governmental philosophy
1. First 100 Days: alphabet agencies
2. Critics: Coughlin, Townsend, and Long
3. Second New Deal
D. Other issues
1. Labor unions
2. Supreme Court fight
3. Dust Bowl
o What role did war debts, reparations, and American tariff policies have on the
international financial crisis of the 1920's?
o Compare and contrast the approaches of Hoover and Roosevelt to combat the Great
o Discuss Roosevelt's "court packing" scheme and its overall impact on the New Deal.
FRQ: Analyze the effectiveness of New Deal programs.
XIX. Chapter 37
1. Diplomacy in 1930s [1 week]
A. Stemson Doctrine
B. Good Neighbor Policy
1. Cancellation of Platt Amendment
2. Montevideo Pact
C. London Economic Conference
D. Neutrality legislation
E. Fascist aggression
3. Spanish Civil War
4. Japan, Italy, and Germany
G. Word War II begins
1. European-Asian causes
2. Poland – France
4. Atlantic Charter
5. Pearl Harbor
o Discuss Roosevelt's attempts to aid victims of aggression against the tide of an
o Compare the thought and ideas of those favoring internationalism as opposed to
isolationism during the 1930's.
DBQ: Isolationism to interventionism
XX. Chapter 38
U.S. adopts new role as peacetime leader in postwar world
Home front conduct during World War I and World War II
1) World War II and the United States [2 weeks]
A. Organizing for war
1. Mobilizing war related production
2. Propaganda and the Hollywood connection
3. Japanese-American internment
B. Brief overview of war on the European, North African, and Asian fronts
C. Diplomacy during war with emphasis on
4. Morocco Conference
D. Ending the War
1. Use of the atomic bomb
2. The Holocaust
3. War crimes trials
4. United Nations
o Describe the steps taken by FDR and Congress to mobilize the country during World War
o Was it necessary for the United States to use the atomic bomb to bring an end to the war
o Describe the outcome(s) of the major WWII allied conferences among the Big Three.
What hints of a projected "cold war" could be seen as a result of those conferences?
XXI. Chapter 39
1) Truman and the Birth of the Cold War [2 weeks]
A. Postwar domestic adjustments
B. Taft-Hartley Act
C. Civil Rights and the 1948 election
D. Communism in Middle East, Eastern Europe and China
1. Marshall Plan
2. Truman Doctrine
3. Berlin Crisis
F. Korean War
o Explain the policy of containment. How did the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall
Plan relate to this policy?
FRQ: Compare and contrast post WWI and post WWII foreign policy.
XXII. Chapter 40
Continued impact of New Deal on government's role in society
Struggle for civil liberties and civil rights
Checks and balances at work in American politics
1) Eisenhower and Modern Republicanism [2 weeks]
A. Domestic issues: McCarthyism and Communist hysteria
B. Civil Rights Movement
1. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
2. Montgomery Bus Boycott and Dr. King
3. Central High School
C. Foreign Policy under John Foster Dulles
1. Massive retaliation
2. Crisis in Southeast Asia
3. Nationalism in the Middle East and Latin America
4. USSR under Khrushchev
i. East Germany
ii. Hungarian Revolution
D. Life in the 1950s for people in the United States
3. Counter culture
i. Rock and Roll
E. Space race
o What events on the domestic and foreign scenes contributed to the rise of McCarthyism?
o Discuss the responses of state governments to the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown
vs. Board of Education.
o Describe the gradual escalation of American involvement in Indochina during the
FRQ: Analyze critiques of US society.
XXIII. Chapter 41
1) The United States in the 1960's [2 weeks]
A. "New Frontier" to "Great Society
1. New domestic programs
2. War on Poverty
3. Affirmative Action
B. Civil Rights continued
1. Political, cultural, and economic roles open to African Americans
2. Resurgence of feminism
3. New Left
4. Supreme Court decisions
i. School Prayer
ii. Reproductive rights
iii. Defendant's rights
C. Foreign Policy
1. Berlin Wall
2. Bay of Pigs
3. Cuban Missile Crisis
4. Vietnam morass
i. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
ii. 1965 Escalation
iii. TET offensive
o Describe the course of the Cuban missile crisis and its outcome.
DBQ: Vietnam and society’s attitudes
FRQ: Analyze contributions that changed women’s lives in the mid 20th century.
XXIV. Chapter 42
1) Nixon Administrations [1 week]
A. Issues in 1968 Election
B. Nixon-Kissinger foreign policy
1. Vietnam escalation
i. Cambodian bombing
ii. Antiwar protests
iii. 1973 armistice
2. Chinese and Soviet Relations
C. Supreme Court
1. Baker v. Carr
2. Roe v. Wade
3. Rulings on affirmative action
D. Economic issues
1. Oil crisis
2. Currency issues
E. Watergate crisis and resignation
o How accurate is the notion that the so-called military industrial complex was the basic
cause of American involvement in Vietnam?
o What debate over impeachment arose from the Watergate scandal?
FRQ: Minority groups and their struggles for political and social equality.
1) Ford and Carter Administrations [1 week]
A. Mayaguez crisis
B. WIN campaign
C. New Panama Canal treaty
D. Camp David Accords
E. Iran hostage crisis
FRQ: Analyze movements transforming society in the 1960s and 1970s.
XXV. Chapter 43
1) Reagan and Bush Administrations [1 week]
A. Domestic Issues
1. New Right and the conservative social agenda
2. Tax cuts and budget deficits
B. Foreign Policy Issues
1. Defense build up along with new disarmament treaties
2. Iran-Contra affair
3. Persian Gulf War
4. Collapse of communism
C. Social Climate
1. Old and new urban problems
2. Asian and Hispanic immigrants
3. African Americans and the impact on local, state, and national
o Discuss the successes and failures of the Reagan administration's policies in Central
America and Third World countries.
FRQ: Analyze Cold War policy of containment from 1945 to 1975.
1) Clinton Administration and Beyond [1 week]
A. Domestic issues
1. New "Democrat"
2. Republican coup in 1994
3. Home grown terrorism
ii. World Trade Center
iii. Oklahoma bombing
B. Impeachment Crisis
C. Foreign Policy Decisions
1. Arab-Israeli Negotiations
2. Bosnia and Kosovo
3. Northern Ireland
MAPS: “The Colonial Economy”
“The Struggle for Ratification”
“The Missouri Compromise and Slavery”
“Emancipation ion the South”
“Female Suffrage before the 19th Amendment”
“Major US Operations in France, 1918”
“Internal Migration in the US during WWII”
PICTURES / CARTOONS:
“The Middle Passage”
“Painting of the Copely Family”
“A Frontier Cabin”
“President Davis, the Acrobat, on a rope of Cotton”
“Theodore Roosevelt and his Big Stick”
“Unexpected Guest, 1941”
STATISTICS / TABLES
“The 13 Original Colonies”
“Ratification of the Constitution”
“Slave Owning Families, 1850”
“Immigration to the US, 1880-1886”
“The Shift to the City”
“The Presidential Vote, 1912”
“Occupational Distribution of Working Women, 1900-1995”
Juan Gines de Sepulveda, “The Second Democrates”
Richard Halduyt, “Divers Voyagers Touching the Discovery of
America and the Islands Adjacent”
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation (excerpt)
Warren M. Billings, “The Old Dominion in the 17th Century”
Michael Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur, “Letters from an American
“The Albany Plan of Union”
Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of
“The Declaration of Independence”
Alexander Hamilton’s Philadelphia Speech
Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
Marbury v. Madison
McCulloch v. Maryland
Webster – Hayne Debate
“Veto Message,” James D. Richardson, ed.
Seth Luthor, “An Address to the Working-Men of New England”
Seneca Falls Manifesto
William Lloyd Garrison, “The Liberator”
“Congressional Globe” for 1850
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
The Emancipation Proclamation
Edwin L. Godkin, “The Nation” 12/7/1871
Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age (excerpt)
Andrew Carnegie, “Wealth,” North American Review, 6/1899
Henry James, The Bostonians (excerpt)
Jerome Greene, “Lakota and Cheyenne: Indian Views of the Great
Sioux War 1876-1877”
William H. Coin Harvey, “Coin’s Financial School”
The Gentlemen’s Agreement
Lincoln Stevens, “The Shame of the Cities”
Henry Ford, “My Life and Work”
Hoover’s “Rugged Individualism” Speech
Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine
Wilson’s Fourteen Poi9nts Address
The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin Roosevelt
Memoirs of Harry S. Truman
Dr. Benjamin Spock, Baby and Child Care (excerpt)
Brown V. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas
Norman Mailer, Armies of the Night (excerpt)
House of Representatives Report No. 93-1305
"Who didn't discover America", U.S. News and World Report
"The Calvinist Manifesto", New York Times
"The Republic's Debt to Religion", Wall Street Journal
"Convicted witches gain new defenders", Wall Street Journal
"The Middle Passage", American Heritage
"Thomas Paine's Common Sense", Great Issues
"Theodore Roosevelt's Inaugural Address", Great Issues
"Chief Justice Marshall", Smithsonian
"History of the Irish Potato Famine", Meriden Record Journal
"The Farmington Canal", American Heritage
"Tourist Chapter to the Book of Mormon", New York Times
"The History of Insanity: Shameful to Treatable", New York Times
"Two Centuries of Meriden: 1837 Abolition Riot", Meriden Record Journal
"Reparations for American Blacks", Associated Press
"American Slavery As It Is", Great Issues
"Dred Scott Decision", Great Issues
"However immoral, slavery was still constitutional", Scripps Howard News Service
"Impeach Johnson", Constitution
"Plunkitt of Tammany Hall", Great Issues
"Secret Heart of Wizard of Oz Unlocked", New York Times
"No mysticism in Oz, just populist creed", New York Times
"Electing the President 1896"
"Landmark of the Unspeakable: 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire", New York Times
"The Worst of Times", Skeptic
"FDR's Disputed Legacy", Time
In addition to exposing students to the historical content of the core curriculum, an AP level course should also train the student to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary materials, maps, statistical tables, as well as pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events.
Students should learn to take notes from printed materials, lectures, and discussions. They must write essay-format examinations as well as document-based questions and thematic essays. They should be able to express themselves with clarity and precision.
This course can also make extensive use of library and Internet research, television,
and other audio-visual aids to enhance the materials being studied. Biographies and
autobiographies are also beneficial in allowing students to fully grasp a time period. They can be assigned as outside projects. Panel discussions, debates, simulations, and other critical thinking exercises are suggested as a way to stimulate interest especially in comparing past events with current events. Discussion of current events should be closely followed in newspapers, magazines, and on television. This is necessary in order to clarify historical development, and to encourage research, to learn background o current happenings.
Students will be evaluated based on successful completion of chapter activities,
classroom discussion/participation, homework assignments, debates, quizzes, and test
(objective, essay, and/or combination). The goal is to prepare the students who will be taking
the Advanced Placement Examination in May. In addition, there will be a midterm exam in
January and a final exam in June.
TEXTBOOK and READINGS
David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey. The American Pageant: A
History of the Republic. 11th ed. Boston, Mass.: .Houghton, Mifflin Co., 1999.
Richard Hofstadter. Great Issues in American History: A Documentary Record. New
York, Vintage Books, 1969.
Various articles and handouts