Course Title: Advanced Placement United States History Course Description



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Activities: (The Center for Learning)

Lesson 20 – “The Mexican War – Was it in the National Interest?

Lesson 21 – “Westward Expansion – A Force for Unity or Division?

Lesson 32 – “American Expansion: The Westward Push”

Map: Weatherbie #18 – “Territorial Expansion to the Civil War”

Unit 7 – Slavery and Sectionalism, and the Frightful Fifties


  1. Compromise of 1850

  1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin

  1. Kansas-Nebraska Act – 1854

  1. Bleeding Kansas – Lecompton Constitution

  1. Birth of the Republican Party

  1. Weak and Incompetent Presidents – Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan

  1. Sumner-Brooks Incident

  1. Dred Scott Decision

  1. Lincoln-Douglas Debates

  1. John Brown’s Raid

  1. Election of 1860

  1. Lincoln, secession, and Ft. Sumter

Text: Chapters 17-20

Handout: D.B.Q. – “Slavery and the Civil War, 1846-1860” a valid statement?

Activities: (Center for Learning)

Lesson 22 – “Compromise and Conflict – The Road to War”

Lesson 28 – “The Abolitionist Crusade”

Lesson 33 – “New Perspectives on Slavery”

Lesson 34 – “Fanaticism in the Fifties”

Lesson 35 – “Presidential Leadership in the 1850’s”

Lesson 36 – “The Election of 1860”

Course Outline: Semester II (Fall Semester of APUSH)


Unit 8 - Civil War and Reconstruction


  1. Titles

  1. Advantages North and South

  1. Foreign Affairs and Politics

  1. Military Strategy, Campaigns, Battles

  1. Home Front

Text: Chapters 21 –23

Map: Weatherbie “The Civil War” Vol. 1

Video: Exert from Ted Turner’s “Gettysburg” – Pickett’s Charge

Readings: Shi – For the Record “Letters from a Confederate Officer” (1862)

Diary of a Union Soldier (1862)”



“Appomattox, Virginia (1865)”

  1. Reconstruction to 1877

  1. Radical Republicans

  1. 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments

  1. Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

  1. Compromise of 1877 and end of Reconstruction

Reading: Summer Assignment: A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner

(Compare Foner interpretation of Reconstruction with

Bailey-American Pageant)

Activity: (Center for Learning) Lesson 24 – “Reconstruction – The Two Views”

Unit 9 - America Takes Shape: The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era


  1. The New South Redeemers – Jim Crow

  1. Settlement of the New Frontier and the American Cowboy

  1. Industrialization and Urbanization

1. The Robber Barons” and the Trusts

2. The “New” Immigration

3. Political Reform

a. Populism

b. Progressivism

c. Unionism



Text: Chapters 24-28. 31, 32 up to page 710

Activities: (Center for Learning)

Lesson 25 – “Emergence of Industrial America”

Lesson 28 – “The Philosophy of the Industrialists”

Lesson 11 – “Development of Railroads”

Lesson 14 – “Politics of the Gilded Age”

Lesson 27 - “National Government in the late 19th Century: Sham of Democracy”

Lesson 7 - “The American West: When Cattle Was King”

Lesson 8 - “Heroes of the West”

Lesson 9 - “Indian Wars: Interpretations of the San Creek

Massacre”

Lesson 17 - “Problems in the Cities”

Lesson 30 - “Labor Unions – The Failure to Gain Public

Acceptance”

Lesson 31 - “The Farmer’s Dilemma: To Produce or Not to Produce

Lesson 32 – “The Populist Movement – Value of Third Parties”

Lesson 38 - “Reform and the Progressivism”

Lesson 40 - “Progressivism – Liberal Reform or Conservative Reaction?”

Handouts: D.B.Q. Question: Reactions to Jim Crow (1880 –1910)

D.B.Q. – Immigrations Laws, 1890 – 1925

Readings: Feder, Viewpoints Immigration: Should the Golden Door Be Closed?

pp. 225 – 248

Unit 10 - U.S. Imperialism and World War I


Text: Chapters 29-30. 32 (pp. 710-719)

  1. The ideas of Turner, Mahan, Strong

  1. Yellow – Press

  1. The Spanish-American War

  1. The Philippines Debate

  1. The Far East, John Hay and The Open Door

  1. Hawaii Annexation

  1. T. Roosevelt, “Big Stick”, Panama Canal

  1. Taft and Dollar Diplomacy

  1. Wilson and Foreign Affairs

1. Hunt for Pancho Villa

2. Moral Diplomacy

3. U.S. entrance in the Great War

4. 14 points and Treaty of Versailles


Readings : Feder, Viewpoints. “Why did the United States Enter World War I? pp. – 313 – 332

Shi, For The Record

“Zimmerman Note 1917”

“The War and the Intellectuals”

“The Profits of Way”

“I Remember the Last War”

Activities: (Center for Learning)

Lesson 22 – “The Philosophy of Interpretation”

Lesson 23 - “Causes of Spanish-American War”

Lesson 24 - “America’s New Role as a World Power”

Lesson 25 - “U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America 1900-1917”

Map: Weatherbie. Vol II – “American Empire”

Videos: Biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson w/study guides

Course Outline: Semester III (Spring Semester of APUSH)



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