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High School AP US History

Pre Requisites

None required, but strong reading and writing skills are recommended.


AP United States History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Seven themes of equal importance —American and national identity; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; culture and society; migration and settlement; geography and the environment; America in the World— provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places.

Segment One

Module 01 - Quest for the Americas

  • The First Americans
  • A Pivotal Encounter
  • The Valladolid Controversy
  • Imperial Rivalry
  • Enslavement
  • The British Colonies
  • King Philip's War
  • The Atlantic World

Module 02 - Colonies at War

  • Transatlantic War
  • Shifting to Independence
  • First Government
  • The Constitution
  • Washington’s Road Map

Module 03 - A New Republic

  • Mass Democracy
  • Mass Culture
  • The Market Revolution
  • Defining Borders
  • American Indian Resistance

Module 04 - American Civil War

  • Manifest Destiny
  • The Firebell Rings
  • The Civil War
  • Political Reconstruction
  • Social Reconstruction

Segment Two

Module 05 - A Growing Nation

  • The Gilded Age
  • The Paradox of Progress
  • New Migration
  • The Social Response
  • Closing the Frontier
  • The Populists

Module 06 - Imperialism & Progressivism

  • The Progressives
  • Imperialism
  • The Great War
  • The Jazz Age
  • Migration and Deportation

Module 07 - The World at War

  • The Great Depression
  • The New Deal
  • WWII Abroad
  • WWII at Home

Module 08 - Cold War

  • The Cold War
  • Postwar America
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Civil Rights for All
  • The Great Society
  • Crisis of Confidence

Module 09 - A Brave New World

  • Shifting Ideology
  • Foreign Policy
  • Changing Demographics
  • Globalization

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