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Advanced Placement U.S. History

Ms. Rena Weber 


AP U.S. History is a year-long survey course that explores the key events and global historical developments since 1491 C.E. that have shaped the country we live in today. The scope of AP U.S. History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: geography, economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The course will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors. Students will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally; and use technology appropriately to research and present information.

Unit 1  1491-1607 - Indigenous Native American Societies Before European Contact

European Exploration, Conquest, & Colonization

Columbian Exchange

Slavery & Colonialsim

Cultural Interactions between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans

Unit 2  1607-1754 - European Colonization 

Regions of British Colonies

Transatlantic Slave Trade

Interactions between Europeans & American Indians

Slavery in the British Colonies

Colonial Society and Culture

Unit 3  1754-1800 - Seven Years War (a.k.a. The French & Indian War)

Taxation without Representation

American Revolution

Articles of Confederation

Constitutional Convention

Debates over Ratification

The Constitution

New Republic

American Identity Movement

Unit 4 1800-1848 - The Rise of Political Parties and the Era of Jefferson

Politics & Regional Interests

America on the World Stage

Unit 5 1844-1877 - Manifest Destiny

Mexican American War

Compromise of 1850

Sectional Conflict / Regional Differences

Failure of Compromise

Election of 1860 & Secession

Civil War

Government Policies


Failure of Reconstruction

Unit 6 1865-1898 - Westward Expansion

Economic Development

Social & Cultural Development

The New South

Technological Innovation

Industrial Capitalism

Gilded Age Labor, Immigration, & Migration

Development of Middle Class

Reform of the Gilded Age

Controversy over Role of Gov't Politics in Gilded Age

Unit 7  1890-1945 - Imperialism Debates

Spanish American War


WWI, Military Diplomacy, & the Home Front

1920's (not Roaring for everyone)

Great Depression

New Deal 

Interwar Foreign Policy



Unit 8  1945-1980 - Cold War 

Red Scare (after WWI) - Fear of Communism after WWII

Economy after 1945

Culture after 1945

Civil Rights Movement

America as a World Power

The Vietnam War

The Great Society

Youth Culture in the 1960's

The Environment & Natural Resources 1968-1980

Unit 9 1980-Present - Reagan & Conservatism

 Cold War Ends?

 Changing Economy

 Migration & Immigration

 1990's - 2000's 

 Challenges of 21st Century