U.S. History - for use with AP® Courses

U.S. History is an advanced history course that helps students prepare for the College Board’s AP exam. The course emphasizes the movements and events that have shaped the United States from its earliest beginnings to the present day.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:  

  • Describe the political, economic, and religious characteristics of the original colonies.
  • Identify the causes and outcomes of the Revolutionary War.
  • Describe the Industrial Revolution and its effects on American society.
  • Recall the causes and major events of the Civil War.
  • Explain the factors influencing U.S. imperialism.
  • Summarize U.S. involvement in World War I. •Describe the economic and cultural characteristics of the Roaring Twenties.
  • Describe the Great Depression and the New Deal.
  • Outline the contributions of the United States to the Allied victory in World War II.
  • Describe the causes and events of the Cold War.
  • Describe the social and economic conditions in the United States in the post-World War II period.

Supplies needed to complete most projects, reports, and essays throughout this course:

  • Internet, encyclopedia or other research materials
  • Paper, pencils or other writing materials
  • Printer
  • Textbook:

Semester one: The American Pageant: A History of the Republic by David Kennedy, et al. Volume 1: To 1877: Houghton Mifflin, 2006 [ISBN: 0618479287].
AND
Semester two: The American Pageant: A History of the Republic by David Kennedy, et al. Volume 2: Since 1865: Houghton Mifflin, 2006 [ISBN: 0618479295].
OR
Covers both semesters: The American Pageant: A History of the Republic by David Kennedy, et al.: Houghton Mifflin, 2006 [ISBN: 0618479279].

State: National
Grade Level: 11, 12
Category: Advanced Placement
Course Length: Year