Course Title: Advanced Placement United States History Course Description



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Unit 4 – Jeffersonian Democracy


  1. Personality and Philosophy

  1. Louisiana Purchase

  1. Tripolitan War

  1. John Marshall and the Supreme Court

  1. Causes of the War of 1812

  1. Madison’s Presidency

1. War of 1812 – “A Comedy of Errors”

2. Hartford Convention

3. Treaty of Ghent

4. Battle of New Orleans



  1. Era of Good Feeling and Growth of American Nationalism (1815-1824): Monroe’s Presidency

  1. Panic of 1819

  1. Missouri Compromise

  1. J. Cotton Becomes King

  1. “Purchase” of Florida

  1. Monroe Doctrine

  1. Rise of Sectionalism

  1. Election of 1824 – “Corrupt Bargain”

  2. North and South – two divergent cultures

  3. Slavery and the “peculiar institution” in the South

  4. Industry, Labor, and Immigration in the North.

Text: Chapter 11-12

Video: Biography of Thomas Jefferson with study guide

Readings: Feder pp. 93-103 - “What Were the Causes of the War of 1812?” -

Historiography.

Map: Weatherbie: The War of 1812

Activities: (The Center for Learning)

Lesson 18: “The War of 1812; Nationalism in the Making”

Lesson 17: “Legacy of the Federalists”

Lesson 19: “Clay’s American System”

Lesson 20: “McCulloch vs Maryland; A Case Study”

Unit 5 – The Age of Jackson


  1. Political Reforms

  1. Nullification Crisis – Tariff

  1. Struggle with the National Bank

  1. “Trail of Tears”

  1. Van Buren and the Panic of 1837

  1. Art, Literature, and Religion in the 1830’s

1. Humanitarian Movements

2. The “Second Great Awakening”

3. Reforms: Education, Prison, Temperance, Feminism, Abolitionism

4. Religion Revivalism – The Mormons



5. The Transcendalists – Emerson –Thoreau

Text: Chapters 13 – 17

Video: Biography of Andrew Jackson with study guide

Activities: (The Center for Learning)

Lesson 18 – “The Evolution of Democracy from Jefferson to Jackson

Lesson 19 – “Purifying the Nation”

Lesson 21 – “Andrew Jackson: An Enigma”

Lesson 23 – “The Second Great Awakening: The Basis for Reforming Society”.

Unit 6 - Manifest Destiny


  1. Texas Annexation

  1. “54-40” – Fight in Oregon

  1. California and the Missions

  1. James K. Polk and the Mexican War

  1. Treaty of Guadalupe – Hildalgo-1848

  1. Wilmot Proviso and the question of slavery

  1. Gadsden Purchase, 1853

Text: Chapters 18-19

Video: The Real West: The Mexican War




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