This page is your guide to classroom expectations, assignments, and other useful information to help you in your quest to succeed in passing the redesigned Advanced Placement exam in U.S. History. You will also find tidbits to help you improve your writing and master historical research. Use the tabs above to navigate historical time periods, find AP test review, access the class blog, and retrieve your summer assignment.
Have a great year!
The Periods of History you will be studying this year...
The course outline is structured around the investigation of course themes and key concepts in nine chronological periods. This outline is also included in the College Board’s AP United States History Course and Exam Description:
Period 1: 1491-1607—On a North American continent controlled by American Indians, contact among the peoples of Europe, the Americas, and West Africa created a new world.
Period 2: 1607-1754—Europeans and American Indians maneuvered and fought for dominance, control, and security in North America, and distinctive colonial and native societies emerged.
Period 3: 1754-1800—British imperial attempts to reassert control over its colonies and the colonial reaction to these attempts produced a new American republic, along with struggles over the new nation’s social, political, and economic identity.
Period 4: 1800-1848—The new republic struggled to define and extend democratic ideals in the face of rapid economic, territorial, and demographic changes.
Period 5: 1844-1877—As the nation expanded and its population grew, regional tensions, especially over slavery, led to a civil war—the course and aftermath of which transformed American society.
Period 6: 1865-1898—The transformation of the United States from an agricultural to an increasingly industrialized and urbanized society brought about significant economic, political, diplomatic, social, environmental, and cultural changes.
Period 7: 1890-1945—An increasingly pluralistic United States faced profound domestic and global challenges, debated the proper degree of government activism, and sought to define its international role.
Period 8: 1945-1980—After World War II, the United States grappled with prosperity and unfamiliar international responsibilities, while struggling to live up to its ideals.
Period 9: 1980-present—As the United States transitioned to a new century filled with challenges and possibilities, it experienced renewed ideological and cultural debates, sought to redefine its foreign policy, and adapted to economic globalization and revolutionary changes in science and technology.
You will be mastering Historical Thinking Skills: These are the skills which students will practice throughout the course of the year. Rather than simply memorizing factual information, students will be expected to develop habits of work and mind of an historian.
You will learn Historical Themes: When studying history throughout the course of the year, you should be examining how these themes change over time, why these themes change over time, and the effect they have on American history and society.
Politics and Power
America in the World
Society and Culture
Technology, Work and Exchange
Migration and Settlement
Environment and Geography