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AP US History overview
The AP U.S. History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of American history from approximately 1491 to the present. The course has students investigate the content of U.S. history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides seven themes (American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places.
 
Text: The American Pageant 16th Edition by David M. Kennedy (Stanford) and Lizabeth Cohen (Harvard)

Time Periods:
1 1491–1607 5%
2 1607–1754 10%
3 1754–1800 12%
4 1800–1848 10%
5 1844–1877 13%
6 1865–1898 13%
7 1890–1945 17%
8 1945–1980 15%
9 1980–present 5%

Themes:
ID — Identity
WXT — Work, Exchange, and Technology
PEO — Peopling
POL — Politics and Power
WOR — America in the World
ENV — Environment and Geography
CUL — Ideas, Beliefs, and Culture

There is also a year-long intensive research project culminating in a paper and a class presentation due in the spring.