Stephen Radulski

Summer Assignment


APUSH Course Description
Reaction Paper
Text Chapter 1-2, Reading Guides

AP American History Resources


American History Links by Era

Primary Source and Research Links

Primary Source Website

Of Note: American Memory
Avalon Project at Yale University
History Matters
The World Wide Web Virtual Library – History

Library of Congress Primary Source Sets (by topic)

United States History: Age of Exploration to the Present – limited, but 10 modules on specific topics.

Big Questions of History
Links by US History Era (Contact to the Present)

Big Questions Regarding US History

Battle Lines: Letters from America’s Wars: Letters to and from Soldiers from the Revolutionary War 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)

Early 1800s
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
Ira Berlin
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

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!

Online Textbooks

  • 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)


Great Depression and New Deal

World War 2

The Cold War

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


  1. To submit a project: From your student account, go to My Computer
  2. Open the “O” Drive (Groups on ‘Swasddata’)
  3. Open the “File Submission Folder”
  4. Open the “RADULSKI 2013 2014 and after” Folder
  5. Open 2014 2015 Folder
  6. Open Your class folder (i.e. AH2 Period 1)
  7. Find the appropriate folder for the project
  8. Copy and paste your project in there. Do NOT “Save As” into the folder. Your file will not be saved!!!!!
  9. Naming conventions
  10. 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?

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