Blue, Red – U.S. History (AP Option)

Mrs. Elizabeth York

CLASS OVERVIEW: This course will survey the history of the United States of America from approximately 1492 to modern times: from the “discovery” and settlement of the New World to the very recent past. The primary focus of the course will be to provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of some of the major themes in American history, to train students to analyze historical evidence, and to develop in students the ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing. AP US History will provide you with an opportunity to further develop your skills of critical thinking, and writing. In addition, this course seeks to prepare students to successfully complete the AP US History exam May.

This class will emphasize certain themes: political institutions and behavior and public policy, social and economic change, diplomacy and international relations, and cultural and intellectual developments. The course will be conducted in a lecture/discussion format. Students will often be responsible for presenting information and opinions in class. All students are expected to keep up with the reading assignments and demonstrate their preparedness by active participation in class discussions.

TEXTBOOK: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Available for free: http://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html

Session I

The New World

Ramifications of European exploration in the New World, “Spanish Conquistadors.”

Colonization

Comparing Spanish, French and English colonization in the Americas

The Cultures of Colonial North America and French & Indian War

American Revolution

New Nation and The War of 1812

The South and Jacksonian Democracy

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