This course explores the roots, founding, history and development of the United States of America. It is also a foundation for the study of U.S. Government & Politics in Grade 12. Full participation in all seminars plus a minimum average of B+ on written work is required for students to receive AP credit and to continue in the AP section beyond the First Quarter.
The course proceeds chronologically; we emphasize knowledge of timelines and use of historical maps to support analysis and interpretation of a wide range of main ideas and critical themes. Liberty, Freedom, Equality, and Democracy are examined within their historical context of Racism, Sexism, Expansionism, Capitalism, and Imperialism. We use Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States to look more deeply into the struggle to expand racial, social, and economic justice through our national past and present. Each test will include a timeline and a mandatory essay; some may have maps. In addition to the foundations of our republic, the growth of its economic empire and hegemony are well-covered, with particular emphasis on foreign policy and diplomacy in the period from 1898 to the present.
Throughout the year students will write essays based on the College Board’s FRQ and DBQ formats. Qualified students will take the Advanced Placement United States History examination on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013.
Main Text: Zinn, A People’s History of the United States; HarperCollins, 2005.
Documents Reader: Foner, Voices of Freedom, 3rd edition; Norton, 2012.
AP Text: Foner, Give Me Liberty, 3rd edition; Norton, 2011.