• AP US History




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    1. Pre-Columbian Societies

    Early inhabitants of the Americas

    American Indian empires in Mesoamerica, the Southwest, and the Mississippi Valley

    American Indian cultures of North America at the time of European contact

    2. Transatlantic Encounters and Colonial Beginnings, 1492–1690

    First European contacts with American Indians

    Spain’s empire in North America

    French colonization of Canada

    English settlement of New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the South

    From servitude to slavery in the Chesapeake region

    Religious diversity in the American colonies

    Resistance to colonial authority: Bacon’s Rebellion, the Glorious Revolution, and the

    Pueblo Revolt

    3. Colonial North America, 1690–1754

    Population growth and immigration

    Transatlantic trade and the growth of seaports

    The eighteenth-century back country

    Growth of plantation economies and slave societies

    The Enlightenment and the Great Awakening

    Colonial governments and imperial policy in British North America

    4. The American Revolutionary Era, 1754–1789

    The French and Indian War

    The Imperial Crisis and resistance to Britain

    The War for Independence

    State constitutions and the Articles of Confederation

    The federal Constitution

    5. The Early Republic, 1789–1815

    Washington, Hamilton, and shaping of the national government

    Emergence of political parties: Federalists and Republicans

    Republican Motherhood and education for women

    Beginnings of the Second Great Awakening

    Significance of Jefferson’s presidency

    Expansion into the trans-Appalachian West; American Indian resistance

    Growth of slavery and free Black communities

    The War of 1812 and its consequences

    6. Transformation of the Economy and Society in Antebellum America

    The transportation revolution and creation of a national market economy

    Beginnings of industrialization and changes in social and class structures

    Immigration and nativist reaction

    Planters, yeoman farmers, and slaves in the cotton South

    7. The Transformation of Politics in Antebellum America

    Emergence of the second party system

    Federal authority and its opponents: judicial federalism, the Bank War, tariff

    controversy, and states’ rights debates

    Jacksonian democracy and its successes and limitations

    8. Religion, Reform, and Renaissance in Antebellum America

    Evangelical Protestant revivalism

    Social reforms

    Ideals of domesticity

    Transcendentalism and utopian communities

    American Renaissance: literary and artistic expressions

    9. Territorial Expansion and Manifest Destiny

    Forced removal of American Indians to the trans-Mississippi West

    Western migration and cultural interactions

    Territorial acquisitions

    Early U.S. imperialism: the Mexican War

    10. The Crisis of the Union

    Pro- and antislavery arguments and conflicts

    Compromise of 1850 and popular sovereignty

    The Kansas–Nebraska Act and the emergence of the Republican Party

    Abraham Lincoln, the election of 1860, and secession

    11. Civil War

    Two societies at war: mobilization, resources, and internal dissent

    Military strategies and foreign diplomacy

    Emancipation and the role of African Americans in the war

    Social, political, and economic effects of war in the North, South, and West

    12. Reconstruction

    Presidential and Radical Reconstruction

    Southern state governments: aspirations, achievements, failures

    Role of African Americans in politics, education, and the economy

    Compromise of 1877

    Impact of Reconstruction

    13. The Origins of the New South

    Reconfiguration of southern agriculture: sharecropping and crop-lien system

    Expansion of manufacturing and industrialization

    The politics of segregation: Jim Crow and disfranchisement

    14. Development of the West in the Late Nineteenth Century

    Expansion and development of western railroads

    Competitors for the West: miners, ranchers, homesteaders, and American Indians

    Government policy toward American Indians

    Gender, race, and ethnicity in the far West

    Environmental impacts of western settlement

    15. Industrial America in the Late Nineteenth Century

    Corporate consolidation of industry

    Effects of technological development on the worker and workplace

    Labor and unions

    National politics and influence of corporate power

    Migration and immigration: the changing face of the nation

    Proponents and opponents of the new order, e.g., Social Darwinism and Social Gospel

    16. Urban Society in the Late Nineteenth Century

    Urbanization and the lure of the city

    City problems and machine politics

    Intellectual and cultural movements and popular entertainment

    17. Populism and Progressivism

    Agrarian discontent and political issues of the late nineteenth century

    Origins of Progressive reform: municipal, state, and national

    Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson as Progressive presidents

    Women’s roles: family, workplace, education, politics, and reform

    Black America: urban migration and civil rights initiatives

    18. The Emergence of America as a World Power

    American imperialism: political and economic expansion

    War in Europe and American neutrality

    The First World War at home and abroad

    Treaty of Versailles

    Society and economy in the postwar years

    19. The New Era: 1920s

    The business of America and the consumer economy

    Republican politics: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover

    The culture of Modernism: science, the arts, and entertainment

    Responses to Modernism: religious fundamentalism, nativism, and Prohibition

    The ongoing struggle for equality: African Americans and women

    20. The Great Depression and the New Deal

    Causes of the Great Depression

    The Hoover administration’s response

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal

    Labor and union recognition

    The New Deal coalition and its critics from the Right and the Left

    Surviving hard times: American society during the Great Depression

    21. The Second World War

    The rise of fascism and militarism in Japan, Italy, and Germany

    Prelude to war: policy of neutrality

    The attack on Pearl Harbor and United States declaration of war

    Fighting a multifront war

    Diplomacy, war aims, and wartime conferences

    The United States as a global power in the Atomic Age

    22. The Home Front During the War

    Wartime mobilization of the economy

    Urban migration and demographic changes

    Women, work, and family during the war

    Civil liberties and civil rights during wartime

    War and regional development

    Expansion of government power

    23. The United States and the Early Cold War

    Origins of the Cold War

    Truman and containment

    The Cold War in Asia: China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan

    Diplomatic strategies and policies of the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations

    The Red Scare and McCarthyism

    Impact of the Cold War on American society

    24. The 1950s

    Emergence of the modern civil rights movement

    The affluent society and "the other America"

    Consensus and conformity: suburbia and middle-class America

    Social critics, nonconformists, and cultural rebels

    Impact of changes in science, technology, and medicine

    25. The Turbulent 1960s

    From the New Frontier to the Great Society

    Expanding movements for civil rights

    Cold War confrontations: Asia, Latin America, and Europe

    Beginning of Détente

    The antiwar movement and the counterculture

    26. Politics and Economics at the End of the Twentieth Century

    The election of 1968 and the "Silent Majority"

    Nixon’s challenges: Vietnam, China, and Watergate

    Changes in the American economy: the energy crisis, deindustrialization, and the

    service economy

    The New Right and the Reagan revolution

    End of the Cold War

    27. Society and Culture at the End of the Twentieth Century

    Demographic changes: surge of immigration after 1965, Sunbelt migration, and the

    graying of America

    Revolutions in biotechnology, mass communication, and computers

    Politics in a multicultural society

    28. The United States in the Post–Cold War World

    Globalization and the American economy

    Unilateralism vs. multilateralism in foreign policy

    Domestic and foreign terrorism

    Environmental issues in a global context