Course Title: Advanced Placement United States History Course Description



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Unit 11 - 1920’s and 1930’s

  1. The 1920’s

1. Moral Revolution

2. Prohibition, Nativism, K.K.K.

3. Political Conservatism – “Return to Normalcy”

a. Hardings’s scandals

b. “Silent Cal”

4. Foreign Policy – isolation and rejection of the League of Nations

5. Hoover and the Market Crash

B. Great Depression – Causes and Effects



Text: Chapters 34 – 36

Activities: (Center for Learning)

Lesson 39 – “Treaty of Versailles: A Peace to End All War”

Lesson 1 - “1970 The Urbanization of America”

Lesson 2 - “Culture Shock – The Farmer Fights Back”

Lesson 3 - “The Business of America”

Lesson 6 - “The New American Woman”

Lesson 7 - “Inventing a New Kind of Hero for the Masses”

Lesson 10 - “The Depression: Were we all at Fault”

Readings: Feder, Viewpoints: Great Depression p. 350-356 “Government

Intervention or Not”

Video: The Century: America’s Time with Peter Jennings – “Boom or Bust”

Unit 12 - F.D.R. – The New Deal and World War II


  1. Franklin D. Roosevelt – persona and philosophy

  1. 100 days – “alphabet agencies”

  1. Critics, left and right

  1. Labor unrest/labor prevails

  1. “Packing the Court”

  1. Road to World War II

1. Fascism as world force

2. U.S. Isolationism: America First, neutrality

3. Pearl Harbor

4. Military conduct of war in Europe and the Pacific

a. Midway

b. D-Day


5. Holocaust

6. The Bomb


Text: Chapters 36 – 38

Activities (Center for Learning)

Lesson 10 – “The New Deal – Document Based Questions”

Lesson 13 - “The New Deal: Overhaul or Overthrow?”

Lesson 15 - “Big Labor “Comes of Age in the 1930’s”

Lesson 19 - “American Reactions to Fascist Aggression”

Lesson 14 - “Pearl Harbor – Interpretations of History”

Lesson 15 - “Japanese – American Internment”

Lesson 16 - “The United States and the Holocaust”

Maps: 15 – Weatherbie, Vol. II World War II in Europe and North Africa

16 - Weatherbie, Vol. II World War II in the Pacific

Video: The Century: America’s Time with Peter Jennings – “Civilians at War”

Unit 13 - The Cold War


  1. Harry Truman & Dwight Eisenhower

  1. Cold War Psychology

  1. The McCarthy Era

  1. Civil Rights and Brown vs. Board of Education

  1. Containment in Europe and Middle East

  1. Marshall Plan and NATO

  1. Mao-Tse-Tung - Chinese Revolution

  1. Korean War – MacArthur

  1. The Fabulous Fifties

Text: Chapters 39 - 40

Activities: D.B.Q. – Question – “Values in the 1950’s” – David Halberstam

“An orderly era?”

Term Paper – topics after 1945 will be assigned. Paper due at end of quarter.

(Center for Learning)

Lesson 26 - Yalta: Bargain or sellout?

Lesson 27 – The Decision to Drop the Bomb

Lesson 19 – “The Truman Doctrine”

Lesson 20 – “McCarthyism and the Climate of Fear”

Lesson 30 - Korea: War w/o Victors”

Lesson 36 - “An Age of Consensus”

Readings: Shi. For the Record

“The Organization Man (1956) Wm. Whyte, Jr.

“Farewell Address” (1961) Dwight D. Eisenhower

Unit 14 – The Turbulent Sixties and the Stalemated Seventies


  1. Youth Rebellion – Sexual/drug revolution

  1. J.F.K. and L.B.J.

1. The New Frontier

2. The Great Society



  1. Cuba

3. Bay of Pigs

4. Cuban Missile Crisis



  1. Martin Luther King and The Civil Rights Movement

  1. The Vietnam – quagmire

  1. New Left, Counter-Culture, Feminism

  1. Nixon/Carter Eras

5. China, U.S.S.R. detente

6. Roe v. Wade

7. Watergate crisis and resignation


  1. Carter – the best ex-president

8. Double digit inflation

9. Camp David Accords

10. Iranian crisis

Text: Chapters 41-42

Readings: Article – “What Should We Tell Our Children About Viet-Nam? Bill McLoud with study guide.

Activities: (Center for Learning)

Lesson 2 – “The Superpowers and Cuba”

Lesson 7 – “Johnson’s visions of the Great Society”

Lesson 8 – “Two Societies – Separate and Unequal”

Lesson 12 – “1968 – “A Watershed”

Lesson 16 - “The Imperial Presidency”

Lesson 17 - “Watergate”

Lesson 22 - “The Dilemma of Human Rights”

Lesson 23 - “Waging Peace: Camp David”

Lesson 24 - “A Nation Held Hostage”

Unit 15 – Reagan to George W. Bush


  1. Reaganomics

  1. Military buildup

1. intervention in Lebanon

2. intervention in Grenada



  1. The Computer Age

  1. Bush and Operation Desert Storm

  1. The legacy of Bill Clinton

  1. The impeachment of Bill Clinton

  1. Operation Iraqi – Freedom

  1. George W. Bush: An evaluation

Text: Chapters 43-44

Video: “The Impeachment of Bill Clinton”

Activities: (Center for Learning)

Lesson 25 – “Reaganomics: The Supply Side Approach”

Lesson 28 – “Evaluating the Presidents”

Lesson 29 – “The Top 40 of Civil Rights Leadership”

Lesson 30 – “The Future of Nuclear Power”

Lesson 32 – “Television: Wonderland or Wasteland?”

Lesson 34 – “A Generation of Progress”?




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