AP United States History

  • In AP U.S. History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources, developing historical arguments, making historical connections, and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change. The course also provides eight themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places:  American and national identity; work, exchange and technology; geography and the environment; migration and settlement; politics and power; America in the world; American and regional culture; and social structures.


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  • The American Yawp

    by EDITED BY JOSEPH L. LOCKE AND BEN WRIGHT Year Published: 2022

    Link to online version

    "Rather than asserting a fixed narrative of American progress, The American Yawp gives students a starting point for asking their own questions about how the past informs the problems and opportunities that we confront today.

    The fully peer-reviewed edition of The American Yawp will be available in two print volumes designed for the U.S. history survey. Volume I begins with the indigenous people who called the Americas home before chronicling the collision of Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans.The American Yawp traces the development of colonial society in the context of the larger Atlantic World and investigates the origins and ruptures of slavery, the American Revolution, and the new nation's development and rebirth through the Civil War and Reconstruction."

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  • American History: Connecting With the Past

    by Alan Brickley Year Published: 2015

    Classroom textbook issued to every student.

    Known for the clear, singular voice of renowned historian Alan Brinkley, and its comprehensive, balanced scholarship, American History: Connecting with the Past has long been a respected and reliable text for AP U.S. History. Through a rich set of pedagogical tools, American History guides students to think like a historian about the many forces shaping and re-shaping our dynamic history.

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  • American History: A Very Short Introduction

    by Paul Boyer Year Published: 2012

    Link to PDF version

    This very short book will be used for the APUSH Summer Assignment. (See the file above for instructions and assignments).

    In a miracle of concision, Paul S. Boyer provides a wide-ranging and authoritative history of America, capturing in a compact space the full story of our nation. Ranging from the earliest Native American settlers to the presidency of Barack Obama, this Very Short Introduction offers an illuminating account of politics, diplomacy, and war as well as the full spectrum of social, cultural, and scientific developments that shaped our country.

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