Advanced Placement United States History
Prerequisite: A highly motivated student who enjoys the challenge of acquiring a deep understanding of U.S. history. There is a lot of reading and writing in the course; therefore, it is recommended (not required) that the student has achieved an A- or better in freshman English. Also, there is a summer assignment.
Advanced Placement United States History is comparable to an introductory college course in U.S. Civilization. A college-level text, The American Pageant, is the main resource and is supplemented by primary and secondary source readings. The course content begins with the Discovery and Settlement of the New World, proceeds through the Colonial period, the Revolutionary Period, the New Nation, the Civil War, the Gilded Age, the Progressive Age, World Wars I and II, the Cold War (including the Korean and Vietnam conflicts), and concludes with the administrations of Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and G.W. Bush.
AP U.S. History is a weighted course which prepares students to take the Advanced Placement U.S. History Test in May, which will qualify some students for college credit. The AP test includes a multiple choice section, a document-based essay question, and two free response essay questions.
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