Advanced Placement (AP)Download PDF US History

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read, understand, and interpret a variety of primary and secondary sources.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in explaining, analyzing, and evaluating problems and themes in US history.
  3. Apply the concepts and procedures of historical inquiry to understanding US history.
  4. Communicate effectively in writing interpretations and conclusions based on historical evidence.

Course Prerequisites

Previous History course and teacher recommendation

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Title: The American Pageant
Edition: 14th
Authors: Kennedy
Publisher: Cengage

Course Outline

  1. The First Americans
  2. The Columbian Exchange
  3. Colonial Societies
  4. The English Colonies
  5. The Colonies Expand
  6. Life in the Colonies
  7. The American Revolution
  8. A Republican Model
  9. The Young Republic
  10. Defining and Defending a New Nation
  11. Rise of a National Economy
  12. Mass Democracy
  13. The Nation Expands
  14. An Impending Crisis
  15. Civil War and Reconstruction
  16. The Gilded Age
  17. The Rise of Big Business
  18. A Nation on the Move
  19. Progressivism
  1. America Turns Outward
  2. A Pluralistic Society
  3. The Great Depression
  4. Fighting WWII
  5. The Home Front
  6. A World Superpower
  7. A Global Leader
  8. Expanding Equity
  9. Increased Prosperity
  10. Competing Values
  11. A New Role in the World Community
  12. Increased Globalization
  13. Identity
  14. Work, Exchange and Technology
  15. Peopling
  16. Politics and Power
  17. America in the World
  18. Environment and Geography
  19. Ideals, Beliefs and Culture