A. P. United States History Summer Assignment

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A.P. United States History Summer Assignment

  • All Assignments Are Due on the first day of school

  • All assignments should be typed, with one-inch margins all around and in Times New Roman Font (12 point), one and a half-spaced.

  • Each section should be clearly labeled, with the question preceding your answer.

  • Your name and page # should be on each page.

To enable us to hit the ground running in August, you will have a 3-part summer assignment.

Part 1: What is historiography?

1. Read Davis and Woodman, Conflict and Consensus in Early American History, “Introduction: History and Historians” first, before reading any of the other assignments. This selection describes the work that historians do and explains what historiography is. After reading this chapter, create a well-developed response to each of the following questions:

  • Why is the emphasis on “facts” insufficient for an understanding of history?

  • What factors account for the differing interpretations of particular historical instances?

  • What do the authors mean when they state that “coming to grips with conflicting interpretations of the past is more than an interesting classroom game…?”

  • In what fundamental ways do conflict (revisionist) and consensus (traditional) oriented historians differ?

  • What is meant by historian John Higham’s criticism of consensus historians “homogenization” of U.S. History?

You can find “Introduction: History and Historians” online at the GHS Social Studies web page under AP Courses: Summer Work.
Part 2: How do I effectively read and analyze considerable amounts of information?

1. Read Chapters 1-4 of The American Experiment (TAE) and Chapter 2 of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. You will be provided with a copy of The American Experiment; however you must purchase your own copy of Zinn. Please do not hesitate to contact one of us if this poses any sort of financial difficulty. You can sign out a copy of The American Experiment from the Folsom Learning Center. You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to take notes as you read.

Part 3: How do I identify and evaluate an author’s argument?
Select one of the books from the list on page three and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN 2 pages, 12 point, Times New Roman font with 1.5 spacing.
1. What is the author’s thesis?

2. Provide THREE supporting arguments that the author uses to sustain their thesis (why does the author have this view)?

3. For each of the supporting arguments, provide three facts or details that the author uses to sustain their argument.
Ex. Greenwich High School is a great school. (Thesis)

GHS has excellent teachers (Supporting Argument)

More than 85% of GHS teachers have their master’s degree or higher (how does this

piece of information sustain the supporting argument—i.e., why is it so important

that so many teachers have their master’s degree? (Detail to Sustain Argument)
DUE The first day of school IN CLASS

  1. Hardcopy: Standard, white 8 ½ x11 bond paper, stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover page with name, title , date and teacher’s name

  2. Electronic: Compile all assignments into one Word document (but title each separate assignment so it doesn’t all meld together) and follow the instructions provided to submit your completed work to www.turnitin.com. This serves the useful purpose of ensuring that you did all of your OWN work. If you should encounter technical difficulties, you must email your teacher. We would strongly suggest that if you haven’t already used the program, that you create a user name and access the class page before the end of school and come to see one of us if you should have any difficulties.

Turnitin Class ID—Boyea: 3319481 password: boyea

Turnitin Class ID—Epstein: 4066204 password: epstein
You can submit your assignment to turnitin on the first day of school once you know whose section you are in.

We are very much looking forward to a great year with each and every one of you! Please do not hesitate to email us over the summer if you should have any questions about the summer assignments. Good luck!

To avoid duplicate emails and ensure speed of correspondence since we won’t know class sections until the first day of school….
If your last name is A-L—please email Ms. Boyea with your questions.

If your last name is M-Z—please email Mr. Epstein with your questions.



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2. Walter Nugent- Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion

3. Kevin Phillips- 1775: A Good Year for Revolution

4. Marc Egnal- The Economic Origins of the Civil War

5. David R. Roediger- The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class

6. Eric Foner- A Short History of Reconstruction

7. David Hackett Fisher- Washington's Crossing

8. Leon F. Litwack- Trouble in Mind: Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow

9. Gail Bederman- Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the

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10. Walter A. McDougall- Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877

11. Ronald Takaki- A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

12. Ronald G. Waters:- American Reformers: 1815-1860

13. Niall Ferguson- Colossus: The Price of America's Empire

14. Benson Bobrick- Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution

15. John W. Dower- Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq

16. James Oakes- Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the U.S., 1861-1865

17. Alasdair Roberts- America's First Great depression: Economic Crisis and the Political Disorder after the Panic of 1837

18. Kenneth S. Davis- FDR: The New Deal years, 1933-1937

19. Martin Walker- The Cold War: A History

20. James Chace- 1912: Wilson, Taft and Debs-The Election that Changed the Country

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

22. Neil Sheehan- A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

23. David A. Nichols- A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution

24. William Leach- Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a new American Culture

25. Lisabeth Cohen- A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America

26. Joseph Ellis-Founding Brothers

27. Tony Horowitz--Confederates in the Attic

28. Tony Horowitz-Midnight Rising

29. Stephen Oates --To Purge this Land with Blood

30. Alexis de Tocqueville--Democracy in America

31. Edward Ayers-- In the Presence of Mine Enemies

32. James Swanson--Manhunt

33. James Swanson-Bloody Crimes

34. Upton Sinclair-The Jungle

35. Dee Brown-Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

36. Erik Larson-Devil in the White City

37. Erik Larson-In the Garden of the Beast

38. Les Standiford-Meet you in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the Bitter Partnership that

changed America

39. W.E.B. Du Bois-The Souls of Black Folk

40. Laura Hillenbrand-Unbroken

41. Tyler Anbinder-The Five Points—The New York City Neighborhood That….

42. Joseph Ellis-American Creation

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