AP United States History


Course Schedule for 2nd Semster
Yosemite Girls
Women dancing on Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park in the 19th century. The federal government set aside the park in 1894 -- and from then on the area was a site of power struggles. The picture represents many of the themes of the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States including environmental preservation, women's rights, and the struggle between the federal government and local governments. California Historical Society


Course Information

The following is your schedule of readings and themes. This schedule is subject to change and probably will! I also reserve the right to ADD (or in rare occasions subtract) readings. The textbook reading is meant as a resource to which you should refer and generally acquaint yourself before class. The assignments from the Major Problems book, the CDROM from Out of Many (Dr. Berry will email this), and any on-line sources should be read in their entirety!

Jan 6-8: The Civil War The Universe of Battle-- Ken Burns Documentary

Jan 10: Work day on Reconstruction Project

Reconstruction Project due Jan 14:

You will work in the following groups to present the content from an aspect of Reconstruction (the period after the Civil War -- from 1865-1877 -- when the US was trying to put itself back together again). You will present the chapter that is in parentheses below with your group, also below, on Jan 14-16. Your project must consist of a verbal presentation of the critical information, a list of key vocabulary (people, Amendments, laws, events, concepts) and the definitions of that vocabulary (in a Google Doc shared with everyone by the beginning of class on Wed.), and a visual representation of your aspect of Reconstruction (ie an image from the primary sources in the chapter you focus on). The project is worth 5% of your overall grade (the essay is worth an additional 5%). EVERYone must participate in some aspect of the presentation.

Before you begin...watch this Annenberg Video on Reconstruction to get the "big picture". Click on video in the lefthand margin.

Please use the following websites. All of the important information can be found in the chapters on the FIRST digital history site. The SECOND one is just more information if you need it:

America's Reconstruction

Digital History -- Reconstruction Homepage

Reconstruction Timeline and Terms list

Cultural group (name of the chapter you should cover = The Meaning of Freedom: Black and White Response): Spencer, Gian, Mason

Topics to be Covered: Emancipation, Freedman's Bureau, Redeemers, KKK, Carpetbaggers, Scalawags, women's suffrage, black churches and black schools, KKK Act

Economic group (name of the chapter you should cover = From Slave Labor to Free Labor): Emma, Natalie, Carly, Lourdes,

Topics to be Covered: Sharecropping, free labor, Southern economy and transition for the planter class and yeomen farmers, debt peonage, labor contracts, domestic service

Political group (name of the chapter you should cover = Rights and Power: The Politics of Reconstruction): Gabi, Brian, Rachel, Ben, Jordan

Topics to be covered: Reconstruction Amendments to the Constitution, Tenure of Office Act, Presidential vs Congressional Reconstruction, 10 % Plan, Johnson's Impeachment, Reconstruction Act of 1867, Civil Rights Bill 1866, Black Codes (Jim Crow laws), Radical Republicans, 40 Acres and a Mule (Thaddeus Stevens), Reconstruction govts in the South, KKK Act, Grant as President, Election of 1876 (end of Reconstruction)

Jan 14-16: Reconstruction project presentations

Jan 21: Reconstruction Paper due -- What was the singular most important aspect of Reconstruction? Support your contention with evidence including a discussion of at least TWO other important developments that were important but not AS important as the one you chose. You may use your colleagues' presentations and the Annenberg site. Papers should be 4-6 pages long, double-spaced in 12 point font.


Gilded Age 1877-1900


The West as Resource -- Reading Jan 21

John Wesley Powell Advocates Reclamation

Reclamation Act

Special Assignmnets for: Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”  on-line at:

ALL read Chapter 7

Also read the following chapter according to the first letter in your last name:


read Chpt I (uh...one) -- Brian, Lourdes

read Chpt III (three) -- Carly, Emma

read Chpt IV (four) -- Spencer, Mason

read Chpt XI (eleven) -- Rachel, Jordan

read Chpt XII (twelve) -- Ben, Gian

read Chpt IX (nine) -- Natalie, Gabi




The West as Melting Pot and Conquest -- Jan 23:

Maj Probs: Chpt 2 Docs 1, 4, 5, 6 and Limerick Essay


The Incorporation of America and Industrialization

Reading -- Jan 27:

Read about three of the most important American innovators of the late 19th Century:




Read about the Columbian World Exposition of 1893 ...Read the History, Take the Tour, Read the Legacy


Industrialization and Workers' Experiences -- Jan 29

Maj Probs documents Chpt 3 Docs 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 , 8

Maj Probls Chpt 5 Docs 2


A New world of Foreign Policy -- Imperialism

Reading Jan 31: Maj Probs Chpt 4 ALL the documents

and Bederman, "Gendering Imperialism" -- pp. 115-123

IN CLASS DBQ and Essay


Progressive Era 1900-1920:

Important Stuff:


Feb 6: The results of Industrialization -- Readings:

Read the intro about Jacob Riis

and then look at the photos -- what messages do they convey?  What can you learn about the times from these?  What can you learn about Riis?


Feb 11: Create list of 10 important terms for the Gilded Age. Print or type them on a piece of paper ready to share!


Feb 13: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Essay Assignment! Due -- Debate



Feb 17: Reform Replaces Corruption? Progressives....Progressive?

Reading: Hippocampus -- Reform Chpt -- ALL of it!

and Chpt 5 (all docs -- yes, you have already read some of them)


World War I:

Feb 19: Reading: Maj Probs Chpt 6: Docs 1,2, 5, and 8-9


The Important Stuff:


Modernity -- Reading - March 3

Maj Problems Chpt 7 -- Docs 1-9 and the Fass essay

In-Class Reading of Zora Neale Hurston, "How It Feels to be Colored Me"


Use the Harlem source for 1920s race and prepare the following for presentation in class:

1) research 1 of the faces of the Harlem renaissance according to the category (musician, artist, activist, writer) you are assigned below.

2) prepare a quick presentation (2 min.) which you will share with others in your group -- write this down and be prepared to turn it in for participation credit!

3) Brainstorm (and write a paragrah on) the importance of influence, collaboration, and innovation that the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance had on both African American culture and general American culture more broadly.

Rachel: Supporter/Activist…Alain Locke

Emma: Actor…Ethel Waters

Dr. Berry: Writer…Zora Neale Hurston

Gian: Artist…Oscar Micheaux

Brian: Supporter/Activist…Marcus Garvey

No one: Artist…Augusta Snow

Lourdes: Writer…Langston Hughes

Carly: Supporter /Activist…Charlotte Mason

No one: Writer…James Johnson

Spencer: Musician…Duke Ellington

No one: Musician…Fats Waller

Ben: Writer…Claude McKay

Natalie: Supporter/Activist…A’lelia Walker

No one: Writer…Countee Cullen

Mason: Musician…Bessie Smith

No one: Musician…Cab Calloway

Gabi: Dancer…George Snowden


March 3:

Excerpt from Nancy MacLean Behind the Mask of Chivalry (not in 2014)

March 5: Conservatism


Mae Ngai "The Architecture of Race in American Immigration Law: A Reexamination of the Immigration Act of 1924" You must use JSTOR to find this article. I will walk you through this! This is LONG and difficult...but you can do it. If you are interested in today's debates on immigration, you will love this brilliant piece. There will be a reading check! As you read consider the following:

What, according to Ngai, differntiates Asian immigration law from European immigration law?

What were the 3 major components of the Immigration Act of 1924?

WHY did the Act get passed? (the answer to this is complicated)

What does Ngai say about the "science" of demography?

What unique institution was created in 1924 and what did it do to begin with?

What happened to American Indians in the law?



1930s: The Great Depression

The Important Stuff:


Dust Bowl and Environmental Crisis -- Reading March 10:

Major Problems Chpt 8 (ALL)! Be sure to prioritize Docs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, AND the 2 essays


March 12: Finish up New Deal --


March 14: Review Quiz

1/2 of the review quiz will be on the Gilded Age, Prog Era, and WWI AND the following....

Know the who, what, when, significance, and criticisms for each of the following. There might be some multiple choice practice and/or some short answer.

Hoover's Reconstruction Finance Corp

The First New Deal:

The first 100 days


The Second New Deal:

FLSA, Wagner Act, Social Security Act

FDR's Brain Trust

The Dust Bowl

You will also be asked to write down the administration dates and the important events/accomplishments for the president, and the political party for many of the following:

GW, John Adams, TJ, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Harding, Coolige, Hoover, FDR


1940s -- World War II

The Important Stuff:

Lecture: Gearing up for War Economically, The Politics of War, Social Consequences

March 20: Maj Probs Chpt 9 -- Docs 2,4, 5, 6, 7

You will have an in class reading check on the Chpt 9 reading and an in-class collaborative assignment.

To prep for the in class work, please listen to the following presentations on Hippocampus (they are each about 10 minutes long) _- NOTE! The links may not work...just click on one...go to "US History for AP" and then scroll down in the menu to "World War II" and then watch each presentation...they are all each a separate chapter/lesson...

American Isolationism

The United States enters the War

Military and Economic Mobilization

Women and Minorities

Wartime Propaganda

Japanese Internment


March 24: Finish WWII begin Cold War

March 26: Cold War, Korea, Early Vietnam -- Reading and Writing

2-3 page summary of US experience in WWII (based on in-class terms work) due!

Maj Problems Chpt 10 - Docs 1-6, 9

March 28: No new homework -- BUT GO AHEAD AND START STUDYING! Make notecards, reveiw/rewrite notes, make timelines, etc!

The Important Stuff:


April 8 Spring Break Project See course homepage

April 8: Spring Break Flahscards due...finish Korea and Vietnam

April 10: Finish 1950s social and cultural

No new reading...but...

Please complete AT HOME a TIMED response to the 2003 Form B DBQ. TO find the DBQ, google AP Central. Click on Exam Information. Click on United States History. Scroll down to 2003 Form B, open the PDF and answer the DBQ (Section II Part A). Please time yourself -- 10 minutes to read and prepare and 35 min to write. Worth 50 pts for Review Assignments.



1960s And 1970s -- The Era that Changed it All?

The Important Stuff:

Gender and Early Civil Rights Reading April 14:

Maj Probs Chpt 11 ALL documents and the Coontz essay

Maj Probs Chpt 12 Docs: 2, 3


April 16: Early 1960s:

Maj Probs Chpt 13: Docs 1, 2, 3, 4,

Maj Probs Chpt 14: 4,5, 7


April 21: Late 1960s and Early 1970s:

Maj Probs Chpt 12: Docs 2, 4, 6, 8, 9

Maj Probs Chpt 13: Docs 4, 5, 7, 9

Look Ahead -- REVIEW activities due on Wed!

April 23:


Complete Comparative Decade and thematic comparative review activity ON YOU OWN (no collaboration)

April 25: Finish second comparative review activities

April 28 M/C, May 1 (DBQ), May 5 (2 essays)-- Final Exam testing

May 9-13 Review

May 14th - Your AP Exam!


World War II/Korean War/Vietnam War Memorials Paper Assignment Due date May 20




NOT IN 2014:

For your project, you will be using Flash Card Machine to create flashcard sets for us to use during our review sessions in April. Please find your name below and create a flashcard set on the terms that are most important during the period of time you have been assigned. You must have AT LEAST 25 terms and definitions in your set. Terms should be EVERYthing..social, cultural, political, diplomatic, and militaristic. For the definitions remember to include the who, what, when, and why of the term as well as the term's significance.

You will need to create an account and when you start your set be sure to enable "Private Sharing" so that we can all use each other's sets. You may either use the lists on our Course Schedules (Semester 1 or Semester 2 -- you are here right now! ) to help you generate the important terms or you may refer to on-line sources....but please make write the definitions yourself without cutting and pasting definitions from the internet and without help from others...it will help you learn the material by doing it yourselves!