AP US History

Students will investigate the people, places, policies, and events that shaped the foundation of the United States of America. This course is the first semester of a two-semester United States History course designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college-level class found in the United States. This course covers six historical time periods beginning with Amerindian cultures and their contact with Europeans through the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The content and assignments are structured to facilitate historical inquiry and to prepare students to take and pass the AP U.S. History exam.

Students will participate in discussion forums, write responses to long essay questions (LEQs), respond to short-answer questions (SAQs), interpret and respond to questions about primary source historical documents (DBQs) and take multiple-choice tests. Seven different themes are woven into the course to explore connections among historical developments through different eras and locations. These themes are America and national identity (NAT); politics and power (POL); work, exchange and technology (WXT); culture and society (CUL), migration and settlement (MIG); geography and the environment (GEO), and America in the world (WOR).


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Unit 1: America Before and After the Civil War

  • Origins of American Democracy
  • The American Constitution
  • The Young United States
  • The Louisiana Purchase Era
  • The War of 1812
  • Domestic Politics
  • Growing Sectional Tensions
  • The American Civil War Begins
  • Union Versus Confederacy
  • The New South

Unit 2: The American Nation

  • Immigration and Industrialization
  • Urban America
  • Integration, Urban Politics, and the Gilded Age
  • Big Business
  • American Innovations
  • Social Darwinism, the Social Gospel, and Populism
  • The Progressive Era

Unit 3: American Beliefs and Values

  • American Religious Episodes
  • Faith in Action
  • Multicultural West Coast
  • Religious Pluralism

Unit 4: America on the Global Stage

  • The Open Door Policy and the Boxer Rebellion
  • The Spanish-American War
  • The Panama Canal and the Roosevelt Corollary
  • American Dollar Diplomacy
  • American Moral Diplomacy
  • A Great War Begins
  • America Enters the Great War
  • Peace and Power in 1919

Unit 5: American Prosperity and Popular Culture

  • Entering the 1920s
  • American Consumerism
  • Racism and the First Red Scare
  • Crime and Corruption
  • Sisterhood and Suffrage
  • American Culture in the 1920s
  • Media and the Motion Picture


Unit 6: New Frontiers

  • The New South
  • Focus on the West
  • Confrontations with Native Americans
  • Cattle, Frontiers, and Farming
  • End of the Frontier
  • Gilded Age Scandal and Corruption
  • Consumer Culture
  • Rise of Unions
  • Growth of Cities
  • Life in the City

Unit 7: Isolationist to World Power

  • Agrarian Revolt
  • The Progressive Impulse
  • The Progressive Presidents
  • McKinley and Roosevelt
  • Taft and Wilson

Unit 8: The U.S. at War

  • US Entry into WWI
  • Peace Conferences
  • Social Tensions
  • Causes and Consequences
  • The New Deal
  • The Failures of Diplomacy
  • The Second World War
  • The Home Front
  • Wartime Diplomacy

Unit 9: The Cold War

  • End of War
  • Containment
  • Conflict in Asia
  • Red Scare – Again
  • Internal Improvements
  • Foreign Policy

Unit 10: Turbulent Decade

  • Challenging Jim Crow
  • Consequences of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Baby Boom
  • Material Culture

Unit 11: Toward a New Century

  • JFK
  • LBJ
  • Nixon and Foreign Policy
  • Nixon and Domestic Issues
  • Ford, Carter, and Reagan        
  • Moving into a New Millennium
  • George W. Bush's Presidency
  • Obama's First Term