AP Syllabus and study materials

AP American History Syllabus

 

Course Description

AP U.S. History is a survey course covering American history from the Pre-Columbian period to the present. The class is taught in accordance with the AP U.S. History curriculum framework, and is designed to prepare students for the AP U.S. History Exam in May.

Textbooks, Supplemental Texts and Resources

Kennedy, David and Lizabeth Cohen. The American Pageant. 16th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2015.

Kenneth C. Davis. Don't Know Much About American History. Anniversary ed. New York: Harper, 2012.

Introduction

The student will identify the different schools of historiography and the historians associated with each.

 

PERIOD 1: 1491-1607

Content

Demographics of Europe, the Americas, and West Africa; Meso-American culture; transatlantic commerce; comparison of colonies across the Americas (religion, economies, politics, cultures); and foundations of slavery.

Reading Assignments: The American Pageant, Chapters 1–2

PERIOD 2: 1607–1754

Content

European colonization; American Indian resistance; economic and population patterns; formation of race and identity; and tensions with Britain.

Reading Assignments: The American Pageant, Chapters 2–5

 PERIOD 3 1754–1800

Content

British colonial policies; enlightenment ideas; war for independence; formation of

Republic and national identity; work and labor (free and unfree); and regional economic

differences.

Reading Assignments: The American Pageant, Chapters 6–10

PERIOD 3: 1754–1800 continued

Content

British colonial policies; enlightenment ideas; war for independence; formation of

Republic and national identity; work and labor (free and unfree); and regional economic

differences.

PERIOD 4 1800–1848

Content

Definition of democratic practices; expansion of the vote; market revolution; territorial

and demographic growth; two-party system; Andrew Jackson; and role of the federal

government in slavery and the economy.

Reading Assignments: The American Pageant, Chapters 11–17

PERIOD 5: 1844-1877

Content

Tensions over slavery; reform movements; imperialism; women and nonwhites; public

education; Mexican War; public education; Civil War; and Reconstruction.

Reading Assignments: The American Pageant, Chapters 17–22

PERIOD 6 1865–1898

Content

Reconstruction; U.S. imperialism, industrialization, immigration, urbanization; women’s

movement; and working class culture and leisure.

Reading Assignments: The American Pageant, Chapters 23–26

PERIOD 7 1890–1945

Content

Progressive reform; radicalism; World War I and Russian revolution; first red scare; first

great migration of African Americans; race riots; culture wars of the 1920s; Hoover and

FDR in the capitalist crisis; New Deal; and World War II.

Reading Assignments: The American Pageant, Chapters 27–35

PERIOD 8 1945–1980

Content

Atomic age and the Cold War; suburban development and the affluent society; the

other America; Vietnam; social movements of the long 1960s; Great Society programs;

economic and political decline in the 1970s; and rise of conservativism.

Reading Assignments: The American Pageant, Chapters 36–39

PERIOD 9: 1980-present

Content

Reagan at home and abroad; growth of poverty; Bush, Sr. and end of Cold War; Clinton

and the internet; race relations; NAFTA and other trade agreements; 9/11; Patriot Act;

education policies of Bush, Jr. and Obama; and environmental policies.

Reading Assignments: The American Pageant, Chapters 39–42

 


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