AP American History Resources
- Primary Sources. History Matters Website
- Primary Sources. National History Day Links
- United States History Content Standards
- Free Online Textbook
- Digital History
Concise and informative online textbook dealing with American History 1400s to modern era.
Select your “History Era”, then select the “Textbook” Tab from the angled tabs.
- Reader’s Companion – Almost! Answers.com
Good source of key events and events of US history. Concise and informative.
- American Presidential Biographies
Detailed Biographies and Analysis of All the Presidents
- Biography of America Videos On Demand
Link to Videos on Demand seen in class. Registration may be required. No cost.
- AP Pageant ACE PRACTICE QUIZZES
Prepare for the Chapter Quizzes and Exams – DO THESE!
- Key Terms – APUSH Course Notes
A listing of Key Terms, organized by chapter corresponding to the American Pageant textbook.
American History Links by Era
Primary Source and Research Links
Of Note: American Memory
Avalon Project at Yale University
The World Wide Web Virtual Library – History
Big Questions of History
Links by US History Era (Contact to the Present)
The GIlder Lehrman Institute of American History
Link above takes you to a menu of podcasts.
Some Sample Podcasts (downloadable to iPod)
Historian: Gordon Wood
The Real Treason of Aaron Burr (21mb)
The University Club, New York
February 4, 1998
Running Time: 46:23
The Great Depression and World War II
David M. Kennedy
Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945
March 20, 2000, at the Morgan Library & Museum
Running Time: 54:33
Theme: Slavery in America
Generations of Captivity: The History of Slavery in America
The New-York Historical Society
February 3, 2004
Running Time: 46:06
Philip D. Morgan
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry
The Morgan Library, New York City
November 22, 2008
Running Time: 32:27
Lincoln, Douglas and Their Historic Debates
Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Letters from the Civil War
The Manhattan Project: Developing the Atomic Bomb
Alexander Hamilton and the Creation of the US
The Dred Scott Decision and its Bitter Legacy
Wilberforce, Lincoln and the Abolition of Slavery
Lincoln in the Media (from History Now)
Audio and Video Enhanced Exhibitions
Battle Lines: Letters from America’s Wars
Freedom: A History of the US
Jukebox: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement (from History Now)
Interactive Graphic: Follow an 1850s Freedom Trail (from History Now)
Quiz: Supreme Court Cases on Immigration: You be the judge (from History Now)
Interactive Map: Slavery Primary Source Map of the US (from History Now)
Early American History (Contact and Exploration) …to 1780s
Build the New Nation 1776-1860
- The Stamp Act Protests
- Drafting, Debating and Ratifying the Constitution
- Evangelicalism in Antebellum America
Testing the New Nation 1820-1877
Forging an Industrial Society 1865-1899
The 1920s – (1919-1929) Roaring 20s, Change and Conflict
The best sites for accurate information are sites ending in .edu, .org, .gov. Note that .com sites may not be reputable!
- US History (Scroll down to Topic 46: The Decade That Roared and Topic 47 Old Values vs. New Values)
- Digital History (Textbook: The Jazz Age: The American 1920s.)
Specific 1920s Sites (some may be blocked by school filter)
- The 1920s Experience – people, events, inventions, art, literature, music entertainment, fads/fashion
- The 1920s in History – a variety of topics with plenty of pictures and primary sources of all varieties
- Slang of the 1920s
- Biographies of the Harlem Renaissance
- Jazz Biographies
- Bio. A True Story Search for biographies. Many with short video overviews.
Great Depression and New Deal
- Video/Song in support of Roosevelt’s National Recovery Act featuring famous singer and actor Jimmy Durante (Search Give a Man a Job -1933 on YouTube)
- Labor Unions During the Great Depression and New Deal
- New Deal Network..
- Agriculture in the 1930s…Dust Bowl, AAA, FSA, etc
World War 2
- Informative Interactive About American Neutrality in the years leading to WW2.
- A History Channel online interactive site, it introduces you to major topics in the US, Europe and Asia. (It is not only about the Tuskegee Airmen. For a treat, find “Private SNAFU”!
- Interactive Map of Major Battles in the Asian-Pacific Theater
- Interactive Map of Major Battles in North Africa & Southern Europe
- Interactive Map of Major Battles in Northern Europe 1944-1945
- Interactive Map Showing the Expansion & Contraction of German Held Areas in Europe between 1941 & 1945. Related to the Wartime Conferences among the Allied Powers.
The Cold War
- The Cold War (Early 1945-1960; Truman & Eisenhower) Interactive Map of the Early Cold War (end of WW2 1945 to the Berlin Blockade & Airlift 1948)
- The Cold War (Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, 1960-1973)
- CMC – Special National Intelligence Estimate – Potential Soviet Actions to US responses to nuclear missiles emplaced in Cuba.
The African-American Civil Rights Movement
- Freedom Rides – Interactive Site with photos, first person audio recordings and testimonies of the Freedom Rides of 1961
Submitting Digital Files and Projects
- To submit a project: From your student account, go to My Computer
- Open the “O” Drive (Groups on ‘Swasddata’)
- Open the “File Submission Folder”
- Open the “RADULSKI 2013 2014 and after” Folder
- Open 2014 2015 Folder
- Open Your class folder (i.e. AH2 Period 1)
- Find the appropriate folder for the project
- Copy and paste your project in there. Do NOT “Save As” into the folder. Your file will not be saved!!!!!
- Naming conventions
- Class Period Last name(s) in alphabetical order Project Title…Ex: P1 Adams 1920s Project”
APUSH Study and Review Resources
Mr. Norris Website
- America’s History, 8th ed Chapter Summaries
Mr. Norris narrates powerpoint presentations to provide a concise overview for each chapter in the America’s History 8th ed. text. You may also download the powerpoint he uses to narrate as a separate file.
APUSH Review by the 9 eras.
Similar to the chapter narrations, but these focus on each of the 9 eras, broken down into sub-topics.
- APUSH Review Then in the top nav bar, click on “New APUSH Curriculum” Find the appropriate era and watch!
Review and Reference Material to Supplement Your Studies
- AP History Crash Course
- NP Digital Archives (Chronological AND Thematic summaries in pdf format. Each about 3-6 MB. Chronological = Colonial ’til 1980s. Thematic = African American, Women, Native American, Labor Unions, Court Cases, 20 Congressional Acts, Immigration/Migration, US Foreign Policy (Latin America), USFP (Vietnam))
- Learnerator Guide for APUSH (Practice Questions by era – Easy, Medium, Hard (for hard Q’s, you must register) Free Response (Short Answer) Examples by Era. Outlines by Period – concise and readable. Free: “16 Must Know Concepts to Ace the Test”)
- Gilder Lehrman Review Site (Videos Describing and Reviewing all 4 portions of the exam. Pop Quiz Prep – All 9 Periods – BIG questions & samples. Interactive Quiz Review Videos by Era – range in time between 8 and 20 minutes.)
The Big Questions
Period 1: 1491-1607. What is the Columbian Exchange?
Period 2: 1607-1754. Why were Europeans so aggressive in trying to control the New World?
Period 3: 1754-1800. What were the founding principles in the creation of the US government?
Period 4: 1800-1848. What were some of the most important movements during the Age of Reform?
Period 5: 1844-1877. What attempts were made by the American government to avoid the Civil War?
Period 6: 1865-1898. How did immigration and urbanization impact this period of US history?
Period 7: 1890-1945. What was so progressive about the Progressive Era?
Period 8: 1945-1980. What was meant by following a policy of “containment” by the US?
Period 9: 1980-now. How did the end of the Cold war affect the world Americans were living in?