AP US History

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AP US History Course Guidelines [<---Click on link] This is a valuable resource for students and parents to reference in order to keep informed of how students shall be graded/assessed over the course of the year.  Please refer to it often!

College Board's AP US History Course Description [<---Click on link] This is a must read for every student who plans to take the AP US History exam in order to gain familiarity with the design of the exam and know how the topics for the course are broken down over the length of the course and exam.  Please refer to it often!

Writing Below I have including link that provide guidance, standards and expectations related to writing essays at the college level.   Please refer to these often!

GUIDANCE AND EXAMPLES FOR ESSAY WRITING [<---Click on link] PLEASE LOOK THIS OVER THOROUGHLY SO YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR ABILITY TO WRITE EFFECTIVE EXPOSITORY ESSAYS.

The Basics of Expository Essay Writing [<---Click on link]

DBQs [Document Based Questions] Sample DBQ with prompt, document, rubric and written response [<---Click on link] Created by a former AP US History student from New York state.

DBQ Organizer [<--Click on link] this document helps students organize information related planning a response to a Document Based Question.

 

Quia Review Game [<--Click on link] Use this website to review for Unit tests and the AP Exam.  Class code is AKED348The following link offers instructions how to self-register for the class [<--Click on link]


Units 28 and 27 Main Topics: The United States in the Post–Cold War World and Society and Culture at the End of the 20th Century

 

 

Students should marshal as much information as possible related to the topics below before, during and after the class using time to focus on the following subtopics during class instruction. Students should study these topics in the order they appear here because that is how any and all the lessons will be presented in class. I have provided many resources below but students are certainly not limited to these alone. Therefore, all students are encouraged to expand their academic horizons regarding these topics as often as possible.

Unit 28 Terrorism, Unilateralism, Globalization and Environmentalism  [<--click on link]

Power points separated by the 7 Unit 27 & 28 topics [These topics will be on Quiz #1]

New Wave of Immigration [<---Click on link]

The Feminist Movement [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show provides an understanding about how women in the United States sought to achieve legal equality and civil rights. 

Students and Counterculture [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show provides an understanding of how certain groups [such as students and musicians] engaged in protest directed at the Vietnam War and discriminatory federal and local laws. 

The War on Terrorism Begins [<---Click on Link] This POWER POINT slide show provides an understanding of how and why so-called international terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda organized, carried out operations against the U.S. and other nations, and how the United States responded to such terrorist groups.

The Nixon and Watergate Scandal [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show provides an understanding regarding the so-called Watergate scandal and its accompanying fallout for President Richard M. Nixon.

The Reagan Years [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show provides an understanding of the Reagan administration from 1980-1988.

The Technological Revolution [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show was created by Stephanie Williams an 11th grade student at SWRHS.  I thought she did a good job of addressing many of the key elements of the 3 main topics related to the technological revolution.

Student power point projects students can view to help provide some understandings about Unit 27 [student names have been removed to protect privacy] View these power point presentations as slide shows because each have animations not seen otherwise [click, open, press F5 to view fully animated presentations] 

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The Declaration of Sentiments [<---Click on link], Seneca Falls Conference, 1848 [This document was drafted by people gathered at the Seneca Falls Convention for 2 days to discuss the Women's Rights movement in 1848.  The primary source document linked here is a good example of a possible excerpt for a D.B.Q. essay prompt on the AP exam.  With regard to our current study of Feminism it also serves as a founding document and principle.  You might also notice the language of the document bears a striking similarity to the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Equal Rights Amendment, [<---Click on link] passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress in 1972 after its original draft by legal scholar Alice Paul in 1923 but was  unable to secure ratification by 3/4ths of the states as required by the U.S. Constitution.  This was the closest attempt at codifying equal gender rights into the U.S. Constitution.

The Feminine Mystique [<---Click on link] Chapter 1 of feminist author and activist Betty Friedan's classic feminist monograph.  I highly recommend reading this short chapter to help you gain insight into the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s and understand the thinking involved behind feminism [This is an example of a secondary source].

The Watergate Scandal [<---Click on link] This is a POWER POINT slide show I found on the web with extensive information on many of the minute details related to the historic Watergate scandal, subsequent cover-up, criminal investigation and conclusion of the events surrounding President Nixon's involvement in the criminal conspiracy. 

Forrest Gump Watergate Clip [<---Click on link] A comical scene from the film Forrest Gump that showed the ever lucky Gump stumbling on the break in at the Watergate.

White House Tapes [<---Click on link] Various taped phone recordings of the White House during the Nixon administration.  This same recording system produced part of the evidence leading to his resignation.

1960s [<---Click on link] A very cool slide show I found on the web supposedly made by a group called the American School in Japan.  The slide show has several links to external sites with video clips.  You will learn a great deal about the 1960s using the slide show's resources.  This a resource you can refer to throughout the semester.

Copy of a redacted (heavily edited) National Security Letter [<---Click on link] This is an example of a PRIMARY SOURCE.

 Test #1 Multiple Choice [Units 28 and 27] Essay

 

 

Unit 26 Main Topic: Politics and Economics at the End of the Twentieth Century

Subtopics [There are 5 listed below] Students should marshal as much information as possible related to the topics below before, during and after the class using time to focus on the following subtopics during class instruction. Students should study these topics in the order they appear here because that is how any and all of the lessons shall be presented in class. I have provided many resources below but students are certainly not limited to these alone. Therefore, I encourage all students to expand their academic horizons regarding these topics as often as possible.

Unit 26 Topic and Term Outline [<---Click on link] Use this document to reference all of the questions and terms related to Unit 26.  Any and all topics/terms may appear on tests throughout the semester.

The election of 1968 and the “Silent Majority”

Nixon’s challenges: Vietnam, China, and Watergate

Changes in the American economy: the energy crisis, deindustrialization, and the service economy

The New Right and the Reagan revolution

End of the Cold War

Unit 26 HELPFUL WEBSITES REGARDING PRESIDENT NIXON AND Changes in the American economy: the energy crisis, deindustrialization, and the service economy

Nixon and the Silent Majority:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3K2N7FZSXc [1 minute clip of Speech President Nixon gave in 1969 about the Silent Majority]
http://chnm.gmu.edu/hardhats/silent.html [a brief analysis of Nixon's speech and Vietnam War policy]
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/37_nixon/nixon_politics.html [synopsis of the context in which Nixon took office, his Vietnam policy and interactions with the U.S. citizenry]
 
Changes within U.S. economy during the 1970s:
 
http://economics.about.com/od/useconomichistory/a/stagflation.htm [summarized description of Stagflation that was present during the 1970s]
http://theomahaproject.org/module_display.php?mod_id=85&review=yes [well documented list of economic challenges/problems related to the U.S. during the 1970s with historical context to earlier periods]
http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-carterreagan.htm [one view of the connection between President Carter's economic policies and President Reagan's economic policies]

Changes in the American economy: energy crisis, deindustrialization, and the service economy [<---Click on link] POWER POINT that provides an understanding about economic challenges the United States faced during the 1970s.

Helpful summary of Topics related to Changes in the American economy in Unit 26 [<---Click on link]

End of the Cold War [<---Click on link] This link provides a brief summary of major events leading to, influencing and contributing to the end of the Cold War.

The New Right [<---Click on link] This provides a summary about how certain religious and private groups interpreted and responded to social changes brought forth in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s.

Reagonomics [<---Click on link] This provides a summary of President Reagan's economic policies during his administration.  There is an explanation of how his economic policies stimulated the economy and its shortcomings.  A Graphic organizer [<---Click on link] is available to help students think through this reading.

The Reagan Years [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show provides an understanding of how President Reagan's foreign and defense policies eventually resulted in the fall of the Soviet Union.  

Triangular Diplomacy: Vietnam, China and USSR [<---Click on link] This provides a summary of Nixon's Asian foreign policy challenge.  A Graphic organizer [<---Click on link] is available to help students think through this reading.

Nixon's challenges: Vietnam, China, Watergate [<---Click on link] This provides a concise summary of several of the most significant challenges President Nixon faced during his presidency.

Nixon's challenges in Vietnam and China [<---Click on link] This provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to Nixon's Asia policies.

The Ridenhour Letter [<---Click on link] This is a copy of the infamous letter written by U.S. soldier Ron Ridenhour detailing his understanding of events surrounding the so-called My Lai massacre.  Ridenhour was in the 11th Infantry Brigade, the same unit responsible for the rapes and murders of over 100 Vietnamese in the village of My Lai, he gathered eyewitness accounts and information about the event on his own and sent this letter to the President of the U.S. and Congress Consequently, several indictments were handed down and Lt. William Calley was convicted and imprisoned for war crimes.

 

Unit 26 test [20 Multiple Choice questions[<---Click on link]

 

 

Unit 25 Main Topic: The Turbulent 1960s

Subtopics [There are 3 listed below, the last subtopic is combined] Students should marshal as much information as possible related to the topics below before, during and after the class using time to focus on the following subtopics during class instruction. Students should study these topics in the order they appear here because that is how any and all of the lessons shall be presented in class. I have provided many resources below but students are certainly not limited to these alone. Therefore, I encourage all students to expand their academic horizons regarding these topics as often as possible.

Unit 25 Topic and Term Outline [<---Click on link] Use this document to reference all of the questions and terms related to Unit 26.  Any and all topics/terms may appear on tests throughout the semester.

From the New Frontier to the Great Society

Power point #1 [<---Click on link] This slide show provides a brief understanding of President Kennedy's legislative agenda called the New Frontier as well as President Johnson's Great Society program.

Power point #2 JFK's New Frontier and Johnson's Great Society [<---Click on link] This slide show provides a more expanded view of the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson as well as many of the foreign policy challenges each of them faced.  USE THIS CHART TO ORGANIZE YOUR THINKING DURING THE SLIDE SHOW.

JFK's brief presidency [<---Click on link] This provides a summary of President Kennedy's approximately 1000 days in office and many of his domestic and foreign policies. 

JFK's New Frontier and LBJ's Great Society [<---Click on link] This website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to programs established under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. 

Cold War confrontations: Asia, Latin America, and Europe

Cold War to Detente Power point [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show provides an in depth understanding of how the United States and USSR handled foreign relations with each other despite U.S. involvement in the Vietnam.  This also explains how the U.S. and USSR established a detente.  USE THIS CHART [<---CLICK ON LINK]TO ORGANIZE YOUR THINKING RELATED TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS SLIDE SHOW.

Outgoing President Eisenhower's famous farewell address [<--- Click on link] warning about impending danger related to the rising Military Industrial Complex.  Questions to consider: Why do you believe the outgoing president thought it necessary to issue the warnings he did in his speech?


The antiwar movement and the counterculture/Expanding movements for civil rights

Protest [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT show provides a thorough understanding of some of the tumultuous protest movements during the often turbulent 1960s.  Please click on all of the hyperlinks throughout this power point because they provide fantastic videos to support understanding.  Use this chart [<---Click on link]to guide your thinking.

Birmingham Protests of 1963 [<---Click on link] video clip of the so-called Children's March by school-aged students protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama where police used dogs to attack protesters and firemen used high powered water cannons [hoses] to disperse protesters.  The scenes were broadcast throughout the nation and sparked outrage leading to President Kennedy's introduction of bills, that later became laws, to prevent further violence against future protestors.

I Have a Dream Speech [<---Click on link] text of the speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. on the top step of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.  Video footage [<---Click on link] of King's speech.

Unit 25 Test Multiple Choice questions [<--Click on link] Extra Credit Essay [<--Click on link]

 

 

 

Unit 24 Main Topic:The 1950s and Unit 23 Main Topic:The U.S. and the Early Cold War 

 

Subtopics [There are 4 in Unit 25 and 6 in Unit 23 listed below for 10 all together.] Students should marshal as much information as possible related to the topics below before, during and after the class using time to focus on the following subtopics during class instruction. Students should study these topics in the order they appear here because that is how any and all of the lessons shall be presented in class. I have provided many resources below but students are certainly not limited to these alone. Therefore, I encourage all students to expand their academic horizons regarding these topics as often as possible.

Units 24 and 23 Topic Outline Sheet [<---Click on link] Use this document to reference all of the questions and terms related to Units 24 and 23.  Any and all topics/terms may appear on tests throughout the semester.

Unit 24 Subtopics [There are 4]

TOPIC 1-Impact of changes in science, technology, and medicine

Impact of changes in science, technology, and medicine [<--Click on link] This website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to scientific innovations and advances in the U.S. during the 1950s.

 

Combined TOPIC 2-Social critics, nonconformists, and cultural rebels/Consensus and conformity: suburbia and middle-class America

Student essays about 1950s fears [<---Click on link] This website provides some brief, interesting and informative essays written by former high school AP US History students describing various topics such as nuclear arms, communism, consumption (autos, t.v., movies, rock-n-roll music, and housing), conformity/non-conformity and early civil rights struggles.

Brief 1950s cultural summary [<--Click on link] This link provides a very brief but relevant overview of 1950s art and expression [t.v., literature and music].  The text has some spelling and grammar errors that do not adversely detract from the article's usefulness. 

Dick and Jane [<---Click on link] This link provides a brief description of the classical conformist but often criticized Dick and Jane children's book series.  Questions worth considering: What affect did the Dick and Jane book series have on the little children who read the books based on the types of images they saw?  What do you think was viewed as "normal?"

Leave it to Beaver [<---Click on link] This link shows introductions to the classic 1950s television show Leave it to Beaver very typical of the stereotypically conformist, All-American family.  Many Americans believed this was the ideal lifestyle living in a small, suburban community with a working father and mother as a housewife.  Children were well behaved, polite and the family had a nice home with a backyard.  While many families did indeed enjoy this life many, many others did not.  Questions worth considering: Was the lifestyle depicted in the show realistic based on how you think life should be?  How do you think Americans who lived outside this norm viewed this type of family?

Father Knows Best [<---Click on link] This link shows an introduction to the classic 1950s television show Father Knows Best very typical of the stereotypically conformist, All-American family.  Many Americans believed this was the ideal lifestyle living in a small, suburban community with a working father and mother as a housewife.  Children were well behaved, polite and the family had nice home with a backyard.  While many families did indeed enjoy this life many, many others did not.  Questions worth considering: Was the lifestyle depicted in the show realistic based on how you think life should be?  How do you think Americans who lived outside this norm viewed this type of family?

21 Quiz Show [<---Click on link] This links to the infamous 1950s quiz game show called 21 eventually exposed as rigged by the show's producers giving some contestants correct answers to increase t.v. viewer ratings.

Voices against Conformity [<--Click on link] This links to an article at www.ushistory.org provides a brief, interesting understandings of the points of view of several actors, writers, artists and researchers [Kerouac, Ellison, Dean, Pollock, Kinsey, etc.] expressing various non-conformist philosophies. 

1950s Rock-n-Roll music as NON-CONFORMITY [<--Click on link] This link provides a 1950s recording to the classic rock-n-roll song Yackety Yak by the all-male group the Coasters.  Question worth considering: Based on what you know about conformity during the 1950s how do the lyrics in this rock-n-roll song demonstrate a classic example of non-conformity, or better yet, a parental response to teenage non-conformity?   

1950s Rock-n-Roll music as NON-CONFORMITY [<--Click on link] This link provides a 1950s recording to the classic rock-n-roll song Jailhouse Rock by Elvis PresleyQuestion worth considering: Based on what you know about conformity during the 1950s how do the lyrics in this rock-n-roll song demonstrate a classic example of non-conformity?  What is the significance of the JAILHOUSE IMAGERY and how do you believe a parent, especially a very protective father, might view a teen aged male that Elvis was characterizing?

1950s Rock-n-Roll music as NON-CONFORMITY [<--Click on link] This link provides a 1950s recording to the classic rock-n-roll song Mr. Postman by the female group the MarvelettesQuestions worth considering: Based on what you know about conformity during the 1950s how do the lyrics in this rock-n-roll song demonstrate a classic example of non-conformity?  What is your overall reaction and/or opinion about the expressions in the song and would you view the messages in the song as harmless or suggestive?

1950s Rock-n-Roll music as NON-CONFORMITY [<--Click on link] This link provides a 1950s recording to the classic rock-n-roll song Baby Baby by Frankie Lymon and the TeenagersQuestions worth considering: Based on what you know about conformity during the 1950s how do the lyrics in this rock-n-roll song demonstrate a classic example of non-conformity?  How do you think young teen aged girls perceived Frankie Lymon's lyrics and his dancing?  As a 13 year old boy singing to other teenagers were the lyrics appropriate?  How do you think parents of teen aged girls reacted and/or should have reacted to this type of song?

Vast Wasteland Speech [<---Click on link] This link goes to a complete text of the so-called "vast waste land speech delivered by Newton Minnow, chairman of the F.C.C. [Federal Communication Communication] on May 9, 1961 to the National Association of Broadcasters [organization that represented t.v. and radio stations] regarding his views about television programming especially its past performance, importance, role and potentially power positive force on the U.S. society and culture.   Question worth considering: After reading and/or listening to Newton Minnow's speech 1950s television programming which he called a VAST WASTELAND do you agree or disagree with his assertion based on what you have learned about 1950s t.v. shows? [YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER USING SPECIFIC EXAMPLES]

TOPIC 3-The affluent society and “the other America”

The Affluent Society and the Other America in the 1950s [<--Click on link] This website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to the development of post WWII  domestic culture.  Special emphasis is made to compare the so-called "haves" [Americans that prospered financially] and the "have nots" [Americans that had not prospered financially].

The Other America [<--Click on link] This is an excerpt from author and socialist Michael Harrington's book written in 1962 and had a great impact on the policies of presidents JFK and LBJ.

The U.S. as an Affluent Society in the '50s [<--Click on link] This is a link to a POWER POINT presentation that provides an understanding about the lifestyles and financial conditions of various U.S. citizens in the United States: the affluent [prosperous, "well off"] and the OTHER AMERICANS [inner-city, urban and rural white/poorly educated poor].  To help students organize their thinking I have created TWO GUIDED QUESTION SHEETS: QUESTION SHEET #1 [<--CLICK ON LINK] QUESTION SHEET #2 [<--CLICK ON LINK] to print off or use electronically to help understand the curriculum addressed in the power point.

TOPIC 4-Emergence of the modern civil rights movement

Movie Question Chart [<--CLICK ON LINK] Use this chart to guide your thinking through both parts of the film.

Early Civil Rights Movement Part 1 [<--CLICK ON LINK] This video provides an understanding about events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Emmett Till Murder.

Early Civil Rights Movement Part 2 [<--CLICK ON LINK] This video provides an understanding about the Little Rock Nine, the Brown vs. Board of Education Court Case, and James Meredith's integration of the University of Mississippi.

 

 

 

Unit 23 Subtopics [There are 6]

TOPIC 1-Impact of the Cold War on American society

Bert the Turtle [<--Click on link] This is a link to a formerly very well known educational film called Duck and Cover viewed by most school aged children of the 1950s.  The film was produced by the Federal Civil Defense Administration in charge of informing the U.S. public about communism and attacks by communist threats [the agency has since merged into other agencies most recently the Department of Homeland Security.  Questions worth considering: Beyond educating young children about the dangers of nuclear attacks was the purpose of the Duck and Cover films?  Was the message effective?

Atomic bomb test footage [<--Click on link] This link provides nuclear bomb test footage from 1945-1954.  Question worth considering: After witnessing the power of the detonations in this film clip would the Duck and Cover drills really be useful? 

TOPIC 2-The Red Scare and McCarthyism

McCarthyism Chart [<---Click on link] Use the linked chart to help organize your thinking related to McCarthyism related to the resources below.

The Red Scare [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show provides an understanding of the context for the so-called communist Red Scare. 

Rosenberg sentencing remarks [<---Click on link] This is a link to a primary source of the remarks made to convicts Julius and Ethel Rosenberg by Judge Irving Kaufman upon their death sentence for treason against the United States during a time of war. 

McCarthyism [<--Click on link] A very thorough website with various links to secondary resources related to the Red Scare and McCarthyism including Youtube videos.

McCarthy Hearing Part I [<--Click on link] Part II [<--Click on link] These are clips of an exchange between Senator Joseph McCarthy and U.S. Army chief legal counsel Joseph Welch regarding accusations that elements of the U.S. army were infiltrated by pro-communist elements.  Question worth considering: Did McCarthy's tactics actually help the safety of Americans?

Edward R. Murrow anti-McCarthy broadcast [<--Click on link] This was a 2-minute broadcast in 1954 by renowned t.v. and radio broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow admonishing the actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy during the various hearings conducted by his Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

The Blob [<---Click on link] Theatrical trailer of the famous 1950s movie symbolic of the perceived communist menace that could takeover the United States without its due vigilance.  Question worth considering: Of all colors why was the blob red?

Invasion of the Body Snatchers [<--Click on link] Theatrical trailer of the famous 1950s movie symbolic of the perceived communist menace that could takeover the United States without due vigilance.  Question worth considering: In what way do the descriptions of the narrator parallel the paranoia rampant during the Red Scare?

The Smith Act [<--Click on link] This federal law passed by the U.S. Congress in 1940 provided much of the legal basis of government officials to investigate and prosecute people in the United States of potentially treasonous associations and actions.  This document is an example of a primary source.

 

TOPIC 3-Diplomatic strategies and policies of the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations

The Kitchen Debate [<---Click on link] This is an excerpt from the so-called the Kitchen Debate where vice-president Nixon and Soviet premier Khrushchev "debated" the merits of capitalism and communism and government transparency in Moscow.  Many observers at the time believed Nixon outperformed Khrushchev in the exchanges.  Question worth considering: Who was more convincing in his remarks Nixon or Khruschev?

Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrations [<--Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show provides substantial insight about how presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy's confronted the evolving threat of communism both domestically and internationally.  Use this QUESTION CHART [<---Click on link] to organize your thinking.

Kennedy and Eisenhower [<--Click on link] This website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to the diplomatic policies of the U.S. from 1953-1963.

The Peace Corps [<--Click on link] This website link provides substantial insight into the creation and mission of the Peace Corps established with the support of President Kennedy in 1961.

TOPIC 4-The Cold War in Asia: China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan

Asian communist threats [<--Click on link] This website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to U.S. Cold War involvement in Asia.

TOPIC 5-Truman and containment

Some early aspects of the Cold War [<---Click on link] this brief POWER POINT slide show provides some brief understandings of various motivations of U.S. foreign policy related to U.S. involvement in the Korean Conflict in order to establishment containment of communism.
 

TOPIC 6-Origins of the Cold War

Origins of the Cold War power point [<---Click on link] This brief POWER POINT slide show provides substantial insight into some of the origins of tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union.  Use this QUESTION CHART [<---Click on link] to organize your thinking.

 Cold War [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT slide show provides additional insight into certain aspects related to Cold War challenges for the United States [adapted from a slide show courtesy of Antonio Sloan, Guilford County Schools].

 

 Units 24 and 23 Test  Multiple Choice Questions [<---Click on link] and DBQ prompt [<--Click on link] A note on ANALYZING and EVALUATING [<---Click on link] This link provides some brief insight and understanding about analyzing and evaluating as well as several synonyms to further that understanding.  For the DBQ prompt I have assigned students are required to analyze and evaluate in written responses.  Students with questions must not hesitate to contact me so I may clarify misunderstandings.  DBQ citations examples [<--Click on link] This provides some examples of analyzing and evaluating using direct and indirect citation styles. 

 

 

 

 

Unit 22 Main Topic: The Home Front During the War and Unit 21 Main Topic: The Second World War [WWII]

 

Units 22 and 21 Topic/Term Outline Sheet [<---Click on link] Use this document to reference all of the questions and terms related to Units 22 and 21.  Any and all topics/terms may appear on a test throughout the semester.

Unit 22 Subtopics [There are 3]

Topic 1-Expansion of government power and Civil liberties and civil rights during wartime

Learning Chart for US Home front [<--Click on link] Use this chart to guide your learning for this unit of instruction.  See me or email me with any questions.

Japanese-American internment [<---Click on link] This brief reading passage provides some insight into why the U.S. decided to eliminate the civil rights of native born Japanese-Americans by forcing their relocation and detainment for several years during and after WWII.

Korematsu vs. United States [<---Click on link] This site provides excellent, focused understanding of many aspects of this controversial and historic landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that challenges the authority of the President and Congress to limit rights of citizens during war.  Be sure to explore this site thoroughly and clink the link that says "learn more," then click links that follow to learn about this important court case involving Japanese-Americans' civil rights.

Japanese-American Military Involvement [for the United States]

Japanese-American National Museum [<---Click on link] this link provides a brief description of contributions made by Japanese-Americans from 1891-1965.

Japanese-American Soldiers' WWII Narratives [<---Click on link] this link provides amazing video narratives of heroic contributions of Japanese-American military personnel during WWII as well as detailed historical written accounts of their exploits.  This website is part of the fantastic documentary shown on PBS called The War produced by Ken Burns.

Interesting Contrast to U.S.-Japan Relations [<---Click on link] this website provides history and insight into some aspects of U.S.-Japanese relations specifically with the example of the Japanese gift of 3,000 flowering cherry trees in 1912 many of which still exist in and around the greater District of Columbia. 

Topics 2 and 3-War and regional development and Urban migration and demographic changes & Wartime mobilization of the economy and Women, work, and family during the war

The American Home front [<---Click on link]
This brief reading passage provides some insight into the role of women, celebrities, labor unions, immigrant workers and domestic/energy policies during WWII.

WWII Home front [<---Click on link] This website provides a  huge collection of primary and secondary sources related to the U.S. home front during WWII.

Women Military Personnel [<---Click on link] This is an excellent Wikipedia entry related to female roles during WWII.  I do not typically recommend this site but it has many very factual items of information, and period images, that describe very richly roles women fulfilled during the War. 



Unit 21 Subtopics [There are 3]

Topic 1-The rise of fascism and militarism in Japan, Italy, and Germany & Prelude to war: policy of neutrality

The Rise of Fascism and the Axis Powers
[<--Click on link] This POWER POINT provides valuable insight into how and why Italy, Japan and Germany built their nations into world powers.

World War II Summary
[<--Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides a very brief summary of the Second World War [its run up, highlights and end result]


Topic 2-The attack on Pearl Harbor and United States declaration of war & Fighting a multi-front war

FDR's Declaration of War Speech [<--Click on link] This is a recording of the speech delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt before Congress the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor on 12/8/41.

Text of Roosevelt's Speech [<--Click on link] Text of President Roosevelt's speech before Congress on 12/8/41.

Pearl Harbor Attack [<---Click on link] This brief reading passage provides some insight into why Japan attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Fighting The War on Multiple Fronts [<---Click on link]
This brief reading passage provides some insight into how the U.S. and its allies fought Germany, Italy and Japan on three different continents [Asia, Africa and Europe].


Propaganda

Tokyo Rose [<---Click on link] this website provides a brief description of the composite chararcter named Tokyo Rose by American GIs during WWII.  Although evidence exists that more than woman conveyed messages to discourage U.S. troops one Japanese-American woman alone was convicted of treason for her actions: Iva Toguri D'Aquino.

Axis Sally [<--Click on link] this website provides a brief description of the woman known to American GIs by many names but must of all Axis Sally [real name was Mildred Gillars].  Also this site provides several audio clips of her messages of discouragement to U.S. troops.

D-Day and the German Surrender [<---Click on link] This brief reading passage provides some insight into the Normandy amphibious assault of France and the German defeat that soon followed.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's most well known speeches before the House of Commons during WWII:
Their Finest Hour
[<--Click on link] Churchill praises and describes the successes and valiance of British military forces during various battles in Britain House of Commons on June 18, 1940.  Text of his speech [<--Click on link] Text of P.M. Churchill's legendary speech about what future generations would think of the courage of English forces against Nazi Germany.

Never So Much Was Owed By So Many to So Few [<--Click on link] Churchill describes the immense sacrifices rendered by British air forces during 1940 (speech commonly known as THE FEW).  Text of speech [<--Click on link] Text of P.M. Churchill's legendary speech about the Battle of Britain, an air campaign initiated by Germany's Luftwaffe (air force) in 1940 that lasted over 100 days.

We Shall fight on the Beaches [<--Click on link] Churchill attempts to encourage and raise morale of the Nation when times were especially challenging during the fighting.

Never Give in
[<--Click on link] Same as above


Topic 3-Diplomacy, war aims, and wartime conferences & The United States as a global power in the Atomic Age

The Decision to Drop the Bomb [<---Click on link] This brief reading passage provides some insight into why the U.S. used its atomic weapons on Japan and the resulting aftermath.

The Manhattan Project [<---Click on link] This brief reading passage provides some understandings related to the Manhattan Project.

Immediate Post-War Challenges [<---Click on link] This brief reading passage explores some of the challenges faced by President Truman and the U.S. immediately following WWII.

The United Nations [<---Click on link] This brief reading passage provides some understandings regarding the purpose, mission and initial challenges faced by the United Nations during the 1940s and 1950s.

The Yalta Conference [<---Click on link] This site offers some key details and summation of the purpose and result of the meeting between the so-called Big Three [U.S., Soviet and England].

War time Diplomacy [<---Click on link]
This website provides a  thorough collection of primary and secondary sources related to War time diplomatic efforts during WWII.

Code Talkers Official Web Page [<---Click on link] This is the official site of the so-called Navajo Code-talkers who as members of the U.S. Marines transmitted secret codes for the U.S. Navy in Pacific Theater of Battle.

Code Talkers student project [<---Click on link] This site created by students offers accurate information regarding the key contributions of Navajo speakers in transmitting secret code undecipherable by Japanese code breakers.

Units 22/21 Take Home Test Multiple Choice Questions [<--Click on link] & Take Home Essay [<---Click link]
Items available after test administration to all classes.
 

3 page paper guidance and rubric [<--Click on link] [hard copy or MS Word doc/rtf file] NO EXCEPTIONS!  ALL LATE PAPERS SHALL RECEIVE 10 POINT DEDUCTIONS FOR EACH DAY LATE.  January is flu season and people get sick so preempt that possibility by completing papers early.  DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!  Please consider this a sincere and concerned reminder.  Be sure to read the instructions, directions and rubric very carefully to know the expectations.

Students may choose either of the following citation formats for the 3 page paper: 

APA Citation Format Example [<---Click on link] This style is used by the majority of classes at major colleges within the United States for the social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology, education, etc.) 

Chicago Style Format Example[<---Click on link] This style is most often used in political science and some history research papers.

 

My goal and purpose in exposing students to these styles is to prepare them for use in college.  Please consult the APA and Chicago Manual of Style websites listed on the bottom of your paper guidance and rubric sheet [if you lost the sheet if click on the purple link above].  PLEASE E-MAIL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS, CONCERNS OR COMMENTS DURING YOUR RESEARCH AND WRITING PROCESS [BE PROACTIVE AND BEGIN IMMEDIATELY].

 

Unit 20 Causes of the Great Depression and the New Deal

Great Depression and New Deal [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides an overview and summary of the topics above.

Preview Questions [<---Click on link] Use these questions to organize your thinking about the Great Depression and New Deal.

Unit 20 Test  Multiple Choice Questions [<---Click on link] and DBQ prompt [<--Click on link]     DBQ citation examples [<--Click on link] This provides some examples of analyzing and evaluating using direct and indirect citation stylesDBQ organizer [<---Click on link] use this document to organize your thinking about the documents and outside information.


Unit 19 The New Era: 1920s also known as the Roaring Twenties

Classes will focus on Unit 19 from Jan 30-February 8(all dates are approximate with possible alterations as necessary to ensure as much understanding as possible).

Topic, Term and Event Summaries [<---Click on link] This is an excellent list of key people, events and topics related to the 1920s in the United States in Unit 19.  This is a link to another relevant AP US History teacher's website.


Republican Politics: Harding, Coolidge and Hoover [<---Click on link] This linked website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to 1920s presidential administrations.

Culture in the Roaring Twenties and Responses to Modernism [<---Click on link] This linked website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to unique aspects of United States cultural topics such as music, literature, radio, poetry, science, religion, ethnicity and racism [Focus only on 1920s events, people and topics in this module].

American Business and the Consumer Economy [<---Click on link] This linked website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to cars, consumers and commercials [Focus only on 1920s events, people and topics in this module].

Prohibition [<---Click on link] This linked website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to the prohibition of alcohol in the United States as result of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution [Focus only on 1920s events, people and topics in this module].

A New Era: The 1920s [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides a summary of the central themes, topics, controversies and events that characterized the 1920s in the United States.  This work is an adaptation of a presentation by April and Greg Long.

Birth of a Nation [<--Click on link] This is a trailer to the classic silent movie Birth of a Nation that details the xenophobic attitude of the 1910s and 1920s in the U.S. with the beginning of the Ku Klux Klan.

 

 

Unit 19 Test  D.B.Q. prompts (students pick 3) [<--Click link] & multiple-choice questions  [<--Click link]




Unit 18: The Emergence of America as a World Power

 

Subject Index: The Following topics will be explored below using various resources:


Preview Assignment: Zimmerman Telegram RAFT paper [<--Click on link] This assignment asks students to examine the so-called Zimmerman Telegram of January 1917 and write an authentic narrative related to your thoughts as a means of introduction to the challenges posed by World War I to the United States.

American imperialism: political and economic expansion [<--Click on link] This linked website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to U.S. imperialist policies from 1826-1914.


Imperialism and Colonialism [<--Click on link] This website provides generalized, summarized and specific information about how large, powerful European nations "took over" often smaller, less powerful territories.


American imperialism: political and economic expansion [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides a summary of the central themes, topics, controversies and events that relate to U.S. imperialist policy.

Lesson Question Chart [<---Click on link] Use this chart to organize your thinking regarding U.S. imperialist policies addressed in the power point presentation above.


War in Europe and American neutrality [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides a summary of the central themes, topics, controversies and events that related to the Great War also known as World War 1 [this slide show explores multiple causes and effects of the military conflict and various results/consequences].

Lesson questions [<---Click on link] Use this chart to organize your thinking regarding U.S. imperialist policies addressed in the power point presentation above.

The First World War at home and abroad [<--Click on link] This linked website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to cause of the Great War and controversies that occurred on the U.S. home front.


Treaty of Versailles <--Click on link] This linked website provides a summary of the 1919 peace settlement to resolve WWI.



Society and economy in the postwar years
[<--Click on link] This linked website provides a collection of primary and secondary sources related to social, legal and economic events that occurred during the so-called Roaring Twenties.

 

 

World War 1 Project [<--Click on link] this project offers students various opportunities to exercise different thinking skills

Student WWI Project Examples [<--Click on link] this link provides some exemplars of student Ariel Long for six of the choices on the project listed above.

Unit 18 Testing: Multiple Choice Questions [<--Click link] and DBQ prompt [<--Click link]

 

 

Units 14-17 Development of the West, Industrial America, Urban Society, Populism and Progressivism

 

 

UNIT 14 Development of the West

Western Migration and Problems[<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides some understanding regarding the migration to the Western territories and the corresponding dilemmas.

 

UNIT 15 Industrial America

Technological changes and advancements [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides some understanding regarding singular improvements in industrial and commercial technology. 

Technological changes and advancements chart [<--Click on link] Students can use this helpful chart to organize their thinking related to the American progressive period [the power point above and the helpful complementary links below.

Some photos by Lewis Hines [<--Click on link] this website provides several photos of various workers taken by noted photographer Lewis Hine from 1904-1906.

 

UNIT 16 Urban Society

Becoming an Industrial Society (1877-1900) [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides some insight into problems associated with the industrialization of the United States. 


Immigrants and the Melting Pot [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides insight into controversies related to mass immigration into the United States during the mid to late 1800s.

Labor Relations & Labor Unions [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides some insight into conflicts caused by disputes between companies and their workers during the 1800s.

Labor Relations Chart [<--Click on link] Students can use this helpful chart to organize their thinking related to the Labor relations, business leaders and unions.

UNIT 17 Populism & Progressivism

Muckraking [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides some understanding regarding the type of journalistic reporting and writing that exposed criminality, suffering and wrongdoing within government, business and society at large.

Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives PHOTOS [<---Click on link] This website does an amazing job of compiling and organizing the spectacularly graphic and vivid photos shot by Danish born New York journalist Jacob Riis throughout the austere neighborhoods of New York City's slums where hundreds of thousands of European immigrants resided.

Riis' complete novel [<---Click on link] students can access the entire novel here for free by chapter.

Excerpt of Steffens' Shame of the Cities [<---Click on link] Students should read this brief series of passages of Lincoln Steffens' scathingly critical muckraking novel about political corruption in Midwestern cities such as St. Louis, Missouri.

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle [<--Click on link] This link provides some important, and quite interesting, background about the author Upton B. Sinclair, his controversial 1906 novel The Jungle and perhaps most importantly popular reaction to it that eventually led to sweeping regulations in the meat-processing industry.  President Teddy Roosevelt, an avid reader and progressive reformer was so outraged by conditions Sinclair described that within months of the novel's publication the Pure Food and Drug Act [<-Click] was signed into law.

Ida Tarbell's The History of the Standard Oil Company [<--Click on link] students should read this series of brief excerpts published in McClure's magazine published monthly.  From 1902-1904 Tarbell published 19 separate installments exposing the practices of John D. Rockefeller's powerful oil trust.  The influence of her works led to serious investigations of the corporation and its eventual breakup by federal regulators in 1911.

American Progressive Period [<---Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides some understanding regarding U.S. policies designed to improve the lives of average citizens.

Progressive Period Chart [<--Click on link] Students can use this helpful chart to organize their thinking related to the American progressive period [the power point above and the helpful complementary links below.

Clayton Anti-Trust Act [<--Click on link] helpful info link

Jane Addams and Hull House [<--Click on link] helpful info link

16th Amendment [<--Click on link] helpful info link

Sherman Anti-Trust Act [<--Click on link] helpful info link

Roosevelt's Square Deal [<--Click on link] helpful info link

Anthracite Coal Strike [<--Click on link] helpful info link

Ansel Adams [<--Click on link] this is the official gallery website of the renowned American landscape photographer provides biographical information and many photographs.

John Muir [<--Click on link] this website provides many relevant professional and biographical facts about the influential American natural conservationist John Muir.

Northern Securities Co. vs. United States [<--Click on link] This website provides a brief but instructive summary of the participants (the plaintiffs) of this landmark U.S. Supreme Court anti-trust case.

Elkins Act [<--Click on link] This website provides a brief summary including some background information related to this federal legislation related to railroad companies in the United States, how it related to other similar progressive regulations aimed at limiting the power of railroads.

Carrie A. Nation [<--Click on link] This website provides some interesting biographical information above this female prohibitionist leader's life and her strategies aimed at promoting passage of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Mann Act [<--Click on link] This website provides a brief summary of this controversial federal as well as some specific excerpts of the actual legislation.

Clayton Anti-Trust Act [<--Click on link] This website provides a useful summary of the reasons for passage of this federal law and some connections to its effects on the U.S. economy today.

Race Relations and Reconstruction Era Controversies [<--Click on link] This POWER POINT presentation provides some understanding institutional racial segregation and early black civil rights advocates.

Race Relations Chart [<--Click on link] Students can use this helpful chart to organize their thinking related to the American progressive period [the power point above and the helpful complementary links below.

Summary and some facts related to Plessy vs. Ferguson [<--Click on link] this website provides a brief summation and background regarding this landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.

Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 [<--Click on link] this website provides a summary of events that transpired in Wilmington, NC on November 10, 1898.

Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee Institute [<--Click on link] this website provides a summary and corresponding related links and videos that describe the life and work of this great African-American educator and businessman.

W.E.B. DuBois [<--Click on link] this website provides some insight into the life of the first African-American to receive a PhD from Harvard University and one of the founding members of the well known civil rights organization the NAACP.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett [<--Click on link] this website is maintained by the family of the controversial late female newspaper journalist and includes biographical and publication information related to her writing regarding lynchings and women's rights.

 

Study Guide for 3/4 Course Test  [<--Click on link] all of these topics are fair game on the test Wednesday and Thursday.

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