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Modules and Themes

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TIME PERIOD #1 (1491–1607)

On a North American continent controlled by American Indians, contact among the peoples of Europe, the Americas, and West Africa created a new world.


TIME PERIOD #2 (1607–1754)

Europeans and American Indians maneuvered and fought for dominance, control, and security in North America, and distinctive colonial and native societies emerged.


TIME PERIOD #3 (1754–1800)

British imperial attempts to reassert control over its colonies and the colonial reaction to these attempts produced a new American republic, along with struggles over the new nation’s social, political, and economic identity.


TIME PERIOD #4 (1800–1848)

The new republic struggled to define and extend democratic ideals in the face of rapid economic, territorial, and demographic changes.


TIME PERIOD #5: (1844–1877)

As the nation expanded and its population grew, regional tensions, especially over slavery, led to a civil war — the course and aftermath of which transformed American society.


TIME PERIOD #6 (1865–1898)

The transformation of the United States from an agricultural to an increasingly industrialized and urbanized society brought about significant economic, political, diplomatic, social, environmental, and cultural changes.


TIME PERIOD #7 (1890–1945)

An increasingly pluralistic United States faced profound domestic and global challenges, debated the proper degree of government activism, and sought to define its international role.


TIME PERIOD #8 (1945–1980)

After World War II, the United States grappled with prosperity and unfamiliar international responsibilities while struggling to live up to its ideals.


TIME PERIOD #9 (1980 to Present)

As the United States transitioned to a new century filled with challenges and possibilities, it experienced renewed ideological and cultural debates, sought to redefine its foreign policy, and adapted to economic globalization and revolutionary changes in science and technology.



Belief Systems: Ideas/ideologies, beliefs, and culture.



Art/Literature, Artistic expression 

Cultural Values 



Morality, moral values 

Popular culture 


America in the World: Global Context

Competition for resources, dominance 

Foreign Policy/Diplomacy 


Increasing global connections/global trade/communications 

Global conflicts: World Wars 

Motivations as world actors 

Military and Economic involvement in the developing world 


Geography & Environment—physical and human



Environment, natural and man-made 

Interaction with the environment: how man shapes and is shaped by his environment 

Natural resources 

Exchanges: plants, disease, animals, technologies 


Peopling: Movement/Migrations

Movement to, from and within the US 


Immigrant groups’ impact on US Society 


Impact of European exploration on Indigenous populations 

Debates over immigration 


Identity: Gender, class, racial, ethnic identities.

Gender, gender roles 


Racial/Ethnic identities 

National Identity 

Regional identity 


Group Identities 



Politics and Power


Role of the state in society 

Political process 

Role of the political party systems 


Struggles over Federalism 

Federal, state, and local government interaction 







Economy: Work, exchange/trade, and technology




Labor systems 

Jobs/ways of working 

Labor  & social class 

Economic developments 

Land distribution 

Trade patterns/exchange 




Globalization of economic systems 

Economic ideologies: Capitalism, free markets, communism, socialism 




THE EXAM: The Advanced Placement United States History  course requires students to apply historical thinking skills and knowledge of content as they respond, in writing, to new short-answer, document-based, and essay questions. Newly designed multiple-choice questions ask students to use their knowledge of content to analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources. The exam consists of the following sections




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