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This page is designed as a resource for summarizing my You Tube Webinars and ITunes Podcasts in American History.  The material on this site conforms to the latest curriculum updates from the College Board. 



AP US History Topics

 Below is a complete set of topics, classroom materials and You Tube videos for the entire course in American History.    Brief content summaries describe the focus of each topic.   The companion text for this site is Faragher’s Out of Many, however any US History textbook may be used.           

Topic  1   North America Before the Europeans

 What was North America like before the Europeans descended?  The notion of labeling the indigenous people with one title – Indians - shows the mindset of the Europeans.  It is as ridiculous as stating that all Americans are alike regardless of where they live or what their background is.  You can predict how well that all went.

Topic  2 -       From Empire to Independence

It’s never a good idea to go back on your word – well King George learned about that the hard way.  The Royal Proclamation of 1763 forbade the colonists from settling in the Ohio Valley even though they fought the French for that very right.  Regardless of George’s reasons (and he had good ones) it was looked like a betrayal, and it started the road to Revolution.


Topic 3 -   The Revolutionary War

Why did the colonists win? The superior training and resources of the British should have made it a slam dunk.  Fighting for your home against an invading army is a powerful motivator.


Topic 4-    The Constitution

The Constitution is a bundle of compromises.  Interpreting it today is problematic.  What were the agreements in the original Constitution that led to conflict?


Topic 5 - 1     The Federalist Era

This deals with the Federalist era 1789-1801 and the administrations of Washington and Adams.  Hamiltonian economics leads to the creation of the banking system.


Topic 5-2    Hamilton's Economic System


Topic 6-1   The Virginia Dynasty

Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.  From Agrarianism to a Market Economy.  The US transforms from a nation of farmers to having a prospering international trade, and cementing its foreign policy with the Monroe Doctrine. 


Topic 6-2   Pivotal Supreme Court Cases

This presentation takes a look at a series of pivotal Supreme court cases – Marbury, McCulloch, Gibbons, Dred Scott, Plessey, Schenck, Brown, and Miranda.  Each of these set a precedent for the guidance of future justices as they decided on a variety of cases.  It is presented at the same time as The Agrarian Republic in Ch. 9 Faragher – Out of Many because Marbury occurs during the Jefferson presidency.


Topic 7   Andrew Jackson 1      Andrew Jackson 2

The Age of Jackson presentation begins with the Corrupt Bargain and explains the main issues of the Jackson administration.  Topics include the Bank War, Nullification, Indian Removal, and the tremendous expansion of Federal Power under the pro state’s rights President - Andrew Jackson.  This coincides with ch. 10 in Faragher’s Out of Many.




1.      The South and Slavery - A discussion


2.     The South and Slavery Power Point     


3.     The South - Questions and Answers  


4.     The Industrial North    


5.     The Industrial North Power Point   


6.     The North - Questions and Answers  


The North and South had a complex relationship of economic interdependence and political opposition.  Both wanted to expand – but for different reasons.    Both depended on cotton, therefore both depended on slavery……except the North wouldn’t admit it.


Topic 9 Jacksonian Reforms    3 Presentations


9-1 An Overview Discussion 


9-2 Power Point Presentation   


9-3 Questions and Answers   


The Common Man mystique of the Jackson era gave rise to a whole series of reforms.  Abolition, Temperance, Women’s Rights, Education, The Asylum movement etc., all sought to improve society.  While the goal was to improve society, Democracy was not a common goal.  The fever of reform did however change society and led to a new culture of activism.


Topic 10 Westward Expansion Prior to the Civil War


10-1  An Overview


10-2 A Power Point Presentation  


10-3 Review Quiz   


The US did not grow in a state by state manner.  It actually grew in big pieces called acquisitions.  These presentations explain the events. 


Topic 11-1    The Decade of Crisis Prior to the Civil War



Topic 11-2    Important People and Terms of the 1850s


Topic 11-3     Specific Events of the 1850's leading to the Civil War

The 1850’s – also known by many as the Decade of Crisis – we begin as a united nation with different points of view on state’s rights – we end divided into two countries.  A series of events occurring during the 1850’s led to the secession of South Carolina, leaving Abraham Lincoln wondering what to do about it.



Topic 12-1 The Civil War


Topic 12-2    The Civil War - Questions and Answers

The Civil War lasted from 1861-1865 with more than 600,000 Americans dying.  The primary goal was preservation of the Union. 


Topic 13 –1  An Overview of Reconstruction 


Topic 13-2   Questions and Answers about Reconstruction

The period after the Civil War from 1865-1877 is known as the Reconstruction era.  Some prefer to use the word “Restoration” since the success of establishing Northern values into Southern society was largely a failure.  



Topic 14-1   Post Civil War Expansion and Conquest  


Topic 14-2    Expansion and Conquest Power Point

With the passage of the Homestead Act and the Pacific Railway Act in 1862 the fate of the west was settled.  



Topic 15 – Post Civil War Industrialization   

15-1   Post Civil War Industrialization - Power Point and Discussion


15-2   Post Civil War Industrialization - Analysis, Cause and Effect

The American Industrial Revolution.  Monopolies, Mass Production, Labor issues, Unions, Immigration all characterized this period which ended with the US seeking overseas markets and the beginning of US Imperialism


Topic 16–1  Populism, Monetary Debate, Spanish American War

Topic 16-2  Power Point Overview

Industrialization led to debates about Monetary Policy (Gold and Silver) and the desire for new markets.

Topic 17 –     Progressivism

The attitude in America changed with the ascent of Theodore Roosevelt after the assassination of William McKinley.  The Republicans worst nightmare had come true.    


Topic 18 – World War I -  There are two presentations for World War I. 

18-1  U.S. Involvement, the Home front, the Outcome


18-2  World War I Vocabulary


Topic 19-1   The Economic and Social Characteristics of the 1920s


Topic 19-2    The Specific Causes of the Great Depression

After a “Roaring 20s” economy we’ll end up in the Great Depression.  Two videos here.  I’ve done some experimentation and removed myself from the camera during the Power Points – please let me know what you think.  



Topic 20 -  The Great Depression

The failure of the Hoover administration’s efforts in combating the Great Depression ushered in the era of FDR.   One video this time, a bit on the longer side.  The video describes the efforts of FDR to combat the Depression and the various programs of the New Deal.  Significant challenges to the New Deal are also discussed.  


Topic 21-1   World War II in Depth

Topic 21-2  The Wartime Conferences


There are two videos for this one.  21-1 is an in-depth look at World War II from all perspectives.  It includes the causes, strategies, and outcomes of the war.  21-2 is an in-depth look at the wartime conferences and how they influenced international relations and impacted the war’s end.  Also included is a set of review questions and answers. 


Topic 22   The Cold War

One long video here.  The Cold War is followed chronologically from 1945-1991.  Key events are highlighted and discussed (and yes, I did not mention the Moon Landing – sometimes I forget too).  I suggest that you download the Topic 22 power point and follow along.  Additional information is available in the topic 22 folder.


Topic 23   The Civil Rights Movement

One video here.  It details many key events of the Civil Right’s movement.   Check the Topic 23 folder and download the accompanying materials.  It may make sense to add individual notes to the presentation as you choose.  

23-2 Brady Johnson marched with Dr. King on Bloody Sunday.  

 See Brady Johnson's interview - click here.

Topic 24    The 1950s through JFK

One video that examines key social attitudes of the 1950’s and the impact of the Kennedy administration.


Topic 25     The 1960s and Lyndon Johnson

One Video.  It highlights the Johnson administration and the Vietnam War.


Topic 26 –    The Nixon Years: 1969-1974


Pres. Nixon goes down in history as the only US President to resign from office.    One video here detailing the Nixon Administration


Topic 27   The Ford and Carter Years:1974-1981

One video discusses the events of the Ford and Carter administrations.   


Topic 28  Reagan-Bush: 1981-1993

This video examines the 12 years of the Reagan-Bush era from 1981-1993. Reaganomics, the Gulf War, and the end of the Cold War are included.


Topic 29   The Clinton Years:1993-2001 

This video examines key events in the Clinton administration. The economic growth of the 1990's led to four surplus budgets and low unemployment.


Topic 30   The New Millennium

The turn of the 21st Century saw a disputed election, terrorist attacks and two wars. This video traces the events of the first 8 years of the new Millennium.


Topic 31  The Obama Administration

Barack Obama begins his presidency at the height of the Great Recession of 2008-09.  Following the economic boom and bust of the Bush administration, we trace his economic recovery strategies and international policies. 


Additional Useful Links


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