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Advanced Placement United States History Westside High School Bradberry

Texts:

  • Shi and Tindall. America: A Narrative History. 7th Edition, 2007.




  • Newman and Schmalbach. United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. AMSCO, Revised edition, 2006.




  • Bailey and Kennedy. The American Spirit. 9th Edition, Volumes I and II, 1998.




  • Additional primary source and article readings outside and in class as provided or assigned.


Course Design: This AP Course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and challenges of American History. It is the equivalent to a full year introductory college course. Be prepared to learn to budget your time and work hard. Then we will realize our goal of an enjoyable, profitable year and the successful completion of the Advanced Placement Examination in United States History next May.
Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. The key factor is your commitment to excellence.
Organization: Students are responsible for keeping up with reading assignments and should always be at least one chapter ahead of lectures. Students are also responsible for being prepared for all quizzes and tests. Class will be a combination of lecture, discussion, group work, coverage of discussion questions, and student presentations.
Students are provided numerous handouts including historiography information, charts, maps, graphs, information sheets, and others, along with articles and collected materials. These should be organized to complement class notes. Class notes should be downloaded and copied prior to lectures from the class website at
Reading Assignments: In addition to the assigned textbook reading, students will be required to read numerous primary sources and articles and prepare summaries each six weeks corresponding to the period of U.S. History the class is studying.
Writing Assignments: Training students to handle the free-response section of the AP Exam in May provides the focus for the writing component of the course. Students are required to do both take-home and in-class document-based questions (DBQs) and free response essays (FREs)

Much attention is paid to this process. Entire periods are devoted to the return of graded essays, discussions of the most common positive and negative aspects of each set, and the distribution of examples of well-done essays. Most tests are given over a two day period and include both multiple choice and free response components.


Major Themes of the Course

These themes are woven throughout unit discussions, with assessments (multiple choice tests, DBQs and FREs) being structured around them:




  • American Identity and Culture

  • Domestic and Foreign Policy

  • Political and Social Reform

  • Economic Transformation

  • Government and Politics


Unit 1: Colonial America
Required Reading

  • Enduring Vision (EV) Chapters 1-4

  • AMSCO Chapters 1-3

  • American Spirit (AS) – selected primary documents from Chapters 2-4

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

The political, economic, social, and religious foundations of the American colonies, the transformation from indentured servitude to slavery, Bacon’s Rebellion, the Great Awakening, the French and Indian War


Assessments and Activities

Introduction to the DBQ – Take home DBQ – the College Board’s 1993 DBQ comparing New England and Chesapeake colonies, interpreting primary sources, Multiple choice unit test modeled on AP exam format



Unit 2: The Road to Revolution and Revolutionary War
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 5-6

  • AMSCO Ch. 4-6

  • AS – selected primary documents from Ch. 5-8

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Article and Assignment – “Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorists?” by Todd Alan Kreamer from the Fall 1996 issue of the Early America Review – www.earlyamerica.com


Key Topics

Salutary neglect, self-government, Parliamentary Acts and colonial reactions, key battles of the Revolutionary War, Treaty of Paris, effects of the Revolutionary War


Assessments and Activities

Take home DBQ – the College Board’s 1999 DBQ on American identity on the eve of the Revolution, interpreting primary sources, Multiple choice unit test modeled on AP exam format



Unit 3: The Federalist Era
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 6-7

  • AMSCO Ch. 5-6

  • AS – selected primary documents from Ch. 9-10

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Article and Assignment – “Founding Rivalries” by Jay Tolson from U.S. News and World Report, February 26, 2001


Key Topics

Ratification of the Articles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution, the Philadelphia Convention and resulting compromises, Shays’ Rebellion, Whiskey Rebellion, Hamilton’s Economic Plan, emergence of political parties



Assessments and Activities

2002 FRE on Washington, Adams, and Jefferson in helping establish stable government, 1985 DBQ on the Articles of Confederation, interpreting primary sources, Multiple choice unit test modeled on AP exam format



Unit 4: The Jeffersonian Period to 1824
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 8-9

  • AMSCO Ch. 7-8

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 11-12

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Article and Assignment – “The Secret Life of a Developing Country (Ours)” by Jack Larkin from American Heritage, Sept/Oct 1988


Key Topics

Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, the Marshall Court, the Embargo Act, War of 1812, Industrialization, American Nationalism, Missouri Compromise, Monroe Doctrine


Assessments and Activities

Take home DBQ 2002 (Form B) on the Era of Good Feelings, interpreting primary sources, Multiple choice unit test modeled on AP exam format



Unit 5: Jacksonian Democracy and Antebellum Reforms
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 10-12

  • AMSCO Ch. 9-11

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 13-17

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

Antebellum reform movements, slavery and abolition, spoils system, Era of the Common Man, Jackson vs. the Bank, Jackson vs. the Tariff, Jackson vs. the Supreme Court, Indian removal, emergence of two party system


Assessments and Activities

Final Take Home DBQ – the College Board’s 1990 DBQ on Jacksonian Democracy and/or the 2002 DBQ on Antebellum Reform Movements, interpreting primary sources, Multiple choice unit test modeled on AP exam format



Unit 6: Manifest Destiny
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 13

  • AMSCO Ch. 12

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 18-19

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

Westward trails, Texas independence, 1844 election, Mexican-American War, California gold rush, Compromise of 1850


Assessments and Activities

FRE Test in class modeled after the AP Exam format, interpreting primary sources, Multiple choice unit test modeled on AP exam format



Unit 7: Sectionalism and the Coming of the Civil War
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 14

  • AMSCO Ch. 13

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 19-20

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Article and Assignment on the Know Nothing Party – “The Rise and Fall of a Fervid Third Party” by Robert Wernick from Smithsonian, November 1996


Key Topics

Compromise of 1850, Uncle Tom’s Cabin published, Kansas-Nebraska Act, popular sovereignty, Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott case, Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown’s raid 1859, Election of 1860


Assessments and Activities

In class DBQ – College Board 1987 DBQ on the Constitution and Sectional Crisis, interpreting primary sources, Multiple choice unit test modeled on AP exam format



Unit 8: The Civil War and Reconstruction
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 15-16

  • AMSCO Ch. 14-15

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 20-23

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Article and Assignment – “The New View of Reconstruction” by Eric Foner from American Heritage, Oct/Nov 1983


Key Topics

South Carolina secession, formation of the Confederate States of America, strategies and important battles, Emancipation Proclamation, important Generals, effects of war on economy, Freedmen’s Bureau, Presidential and Congressional Reconstruction Plans, Lincoln’s assassination, Johnson’s impeachment, Reconstruction amendments, Southern Redemption, Compromise of 1877


Assessments and Activities

In class debate on the topic – Reconstruction: success or failure?, FRE test in class modeled on AP exam format, interpreting primary sources, Multiple choice unit test modeled on AP exam format


Unit 9: The New South and Far West
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 17

  • AMSCO Ch. 16

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 24, 25, 27, 28

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Article and Assignment – “Election in Silver and Gold” by Bernard Weisberger from American Heritage October 1996


Key Topics

Sharecropping and the transformation of the southern economy, Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Dubois, emergence of southern industries, transcontinental railroad, cattle, farming and mining in the West, Native American assimilation, Jim Crow, Plessy v. Ferguson, Populism


Assessments and Activities

In class 1989 DBQ comparing the strategies of Washington and Dubois or 1983 DBQ on the Populists, interpreting primary sources, Multiple choice unit test modeled on AP exam format



Unit 10: The Gilded Age
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 18-21

  • AMSCO Ch. 17-19

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 24, 25, 26, 28

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Book and Assignment: “How the Other Half Lives” by Jacob Riis (students will have read the book over the Winter Break)


Key Topics

Industrialization, labor, “new” immigration, urbanization, social reforms


Assessments and Activities

Research Project: Create a DBQ using one of the above key topics and sub-topics to be provided, FRE test modeled on the AP exam format, Multiple choice test modeled on the AP exam format



Unit 11: The Progressive Era and Imperialism
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 21-22

  • AMSCO Ch. 20-21

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 29-32

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Articles and Assignments: “Teddy in the Middle” by Stan Saunders from American History Magazine, February 2003; “Doctor Wiley and His Poison Squad” by Bernard A. Weisberger from American Heritage, Feb/March 1996; “Reform and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” by Hadley Davis from the Concord Review, 1988

Key Topics

Muckrakers, domestic and foreign agendas of the Progressive Presidents, reforms of the Progressive Era, the Triangle Factory Fire, women’s suffrage movements, Election of 1912, Clayton Anti-trust Act, state and local Progressives, theories of Imperialism, Spanish American War, Roosevelt Corollary, “big stick”, dollar, and missionary diplomacy


Assessments and Activities

FRE test modeled on the AP exam format, Multiple choice test modeled on the AP exam format, In class DBQ – the 1994 DBQ comparing periods of expansionism



Unit 12: World War I
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 23

  • AMSCO Ch. 22

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 32-33

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

European nationalism, American neutrality, unrestricted submarine warfare, war propaganda, Election of 1916, Zimmermann telegram, Bolshevik Revolution, mobilization for war, the war at home, Fourteen Points, Treaty of Versailles, postwar labor strikes, the Palmer Raids


Assessments and Activities

FRE test modeled on the AP exam format, Multiple choice test modeled on the AP exam format, In class DBQ – 1991 DBQ on the Treaty of Versailles



Unit 13: The Roaring Twenties
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 24

  • AMSCO Ch. 23

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 34-35

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

The Red Scare, immigration quotas, postwar isolationist policies, naval ratios, the Harlem Renaissance, Marcus Garvey, Prohibition, jazz, emerging businesses of the 20’s, women in the 20’s, the Scopes Trial, the Lost Generation, Republican presidential policies, laissez faire, the coming of the Great Depression


Assessments and Activities

FRE test modeled on the AP exam format, Multiple choice test modeled on the AP exam format, In class DBQ – the 1986 DBQ on conflicting values during the 1920’s




Unit 14: The Great Depression and New Deal
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 25-26

  • AMSCO Ch. 24

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 35-36

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Articles and Assignments – “Main Causes of the Great Depression” by Paul Gusmorino from http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~gobev/ipe/syllabus.html - link from syllabus on International Political Economy course from U.C. Berkeley; “Bang Went the Doors of Every Bank in America” by James R. Chiles from Smithsonian, April 1997


Key Topics

Causes of the Great Depression, Hoover’s presidency, the Bonus Army, Election of 1932, bank holiday, the first 100 days, the first New Deal, opposition to the New Deal, the second New Deal, FDR and the Supreme Court, the Dust Bowl, Woody Guthrie, Dorothea Lange, John Steinbeck, the effects of the New Deal on minorities, crime during the 30’s compared to the 20’s, the film industry


Assessments and Activities

FRE test modeled on the AP exam format, Multiple choice test modeled on the AP exam format, In class DBQ – the 1984 DBQ comparing Hoover and FDR as conservative and liberal



Unit 15: World War II
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 26-27

  • AMSCO Ch. 25

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 37-38

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

Good Neighbor Policy, Stimson Doctrine, Nye Committee, rise of European dictators, Neutrality Acts, failure of appeasement, Selective Service Act, Lend Lease Act, Atlantic Charter, America First Committee, Pearl Harbor, the War at home, war boards, rationing, Japanese internment, women in WWII, effects of war on minorities, the Manhattan Project, D-Day, the war in the Pacific, the Yalta Conference, death of FDR


Assessments and Activities

FRE test modeled on the AP exam format, Multiple choice test modeled on the AP exam format, In class DBQ – the 1988 on the use of the atomic bombs the end the war in the Pacific



Unit 16: The Cold War to 1960
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 28-29

  • AMSCO Ch. 26-27

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 39-40

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit

  • Article and assignment – “The Humiliation of Joseph McCarthy” by Jon Grinspan from American Heritage, December 2006.


Key Topics

Potsdam Conference, containment, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Berlin Airlift, NATO, Fall of China, Korean War, Dulles’ policies, Warsaw Pact, Sputnik, Eisenhower Doctrine, Castro to power, “Kitchen” Conference, domino theory, U-2 plane incident, Red Scare II, McCarthyism, HUAC, Hollywood Ten, Loyalty Review Board, Spy Cases


Assessments and Activities

FRE test modeled on the AP exam format, Multiple choice test modeled on the AP exam format, In class DBQ – the 2001 DBQ on Cold War fears and the Eisenhower Administration



Unit 17: The 1950’s
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 29

  • AMSCO Ch. 26-27

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 40

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

The Fair Deal, G.I. Bill, Taft Hartley Act, 1948 Election, 1952 election, Suburbia, Baby Boom, Interstate Highway system, “military industrial complex”, TV, Rock and Roll, beatniks, NASA, the Warren Court and Civil Rights, emergence of MLK, Brown vs, BOE, Montgomery and Little Rock, SNCC and sit ins


Assessments and Activities

FRE test modeled on the AP exam format, Multiple choice test modeled on the AP exam format



Unit 18: Kennedy, Johnson, and the 1960’s
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 30-31

  • AMSCO Ch. 28

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 41

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

Election of 1960, “Camelot”, New Frontier, Peace Corps, RFK – civil rights strategy, situations at Universities of Alabama and Mississippi, March on Washington, assassination, Warren Commission, flexible response, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, Alliance For Progress, Berlin Wall, Vietnam advisors, Great Society, War on Poverty, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, the Warren Court, Black Power movement, counterculture movements, Vietnam escalation, credibility gap, the war at home, the year 1968


Assessments and Activities

FRE test modeled on the AP exam format, Multiple choice test modeled on the AP exam format, NOTE – due to time constraints this will be the last round of tests before the AP Exam



Unit 19: The 1970’s and 1980’s
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 31-32

  • AMSCO Ch. 29-30

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 42-43

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

Vietnamization, Paris Peace Accords, invasion of Cambodia, SALT I, Nixon to China and Russia, POW release, the Women’s Movement – ERA, counterculture protests continue, Kent State, the Silent Majority, Watergate, SALT II, Ford pardons Nixon, Whip Inflation Now, fall of Saigon, the Carter Presidency – domestic and foreign highlights, social trends of the 1970’s (ex. divorce rates, forced busing, gay movement vs. “born again” Christianity), the Reagan Presidency – domestic and foreign highlights, social trends of the 1980’s (ex. immigration, Moral Majority, “yuppies”)


Assessments and Activities

Short quiz if necessary to keep students sharp, AP Exam Prep, Saturday sessions



Unit 20: Modern America
Required Reading

  • EV Ch. 33

  • AMSCO Ch. 30

  • AS – selected primary source documents from Ch. 43-44

  • Additional primary source documents not included in American Spirit


Key Topics

Domestic and foreign highlights of the Bush and Clinton presidencies


Assessments and Activities

Short quiz if necessary to keep students sharp, AP Exam Prep, Saturday sessions


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