Mr. McKay's AP United States History Links


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PowerPoint slides for American Pegeant, 13th Edition:

Please note that the PowerPoint slides below are primarily for enrichment, and do not contain all the notes or comments used in classes,
these are an adjunctive resource to help you focus your studies.
They are not the same set I used in class, and not a replacement for proper notes and paying attention in class!

Unit 1 Notes

Unit 2 Notes


Unit 3 Notes

Unit 4 Notes


Unit 5 Notes

Unit 6 Notes






McKay's AP United States History Lectures


Recorded during the 2008-2009 school year
Based on The American Pageant, 13th Edition
Not all lectures were recorded, and not all of
the recorded classes had technically acceptible recordings


  • Chapter 40 Lecture, 29 April 2009. Last lecture of the school year, over the 1980s and 1990s, the Reagan, Bush I and Clinton administrations, the end of the Cold War, Gulf War I, and the second presidential impeachment trial, Chapter 40 in the text.
  • Chapter 39 Lecture, 27 April 2009. Lecture over the 1970s, the Nixon and Carter administrations, the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the beginnings of Wahabbist Islamic threats to the West, Chapter 39 in the text.
  • Chapter 38 Lecture, 23 April 2009. Lecture over the early to mid-1960s, and the height of the Vietnam War, Chapter 38 in the text.
  • Chapter 37 Lecture, 21 April 2009. Lecture over the Eisenhower Administration, and the Cold War in the 1950s, Chapter 37 in the text.
  • Chapter 35 & 36 Lecture, 15 April 2009. Lecture over the combat phase of WWII (which has little to no coverage in the AP test), and the beginnings of the Cold War, Chapters 35 & 36 in the text.
  • Chapter 34 Lecture, 2 April 2009. Lecture over the "FDR and the Shadow of War, 1933-1940," Chapter 34 in the text. Please note: I had a brain fart while ranting about the appeasers of Hitler, and referred to the guilty French party as Clemenceau; it was, of course, Édouard Daladier, who, in his defense, was not as big a fool as Neville Chamberlain when it came to Hitler's intentions. I also made a chronological error in my mention of Ivan Proskurov, the intelligence officer whom Stalin had executed for treason after he warned of the impending German invasion; this happened in June, not August, 1941.
  • Chapter 33 Lecture, 31 March 2009. Lecture over the "New Deal," Chapter 33 in the text.
  • Chapter 32 Lecture, 23 March 2009. Lecture over the "Politics of Boom and Bust," Chapter 32 in the text.
  • Chapter 31 Lecture, 19 March 2009. Lecture over the "Roaring 20s," Chapter 31 in the text.
  • Chapter 30 Lecture, 17 March 2009. Lecture over World War I, Chapter 30 in the text.
  • Chapter 29 Lecture, 13 March 2009. Lecture over Wilsonian Progressivism, Chapter 29 in the text.
  • Chapter 28 Lecture, 9 March 2009. Lecture over the Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Revolution, Chapter 28 in the text.
  • Chapter 27, Part 2 Lecture, 5 March 2009. Lecture over the American Empire, expansionism, and the Spanish-American-Cuban War, Chapter 27 in the text.
  • Chapter 27, Part 1 Lecture, 3 March 2009. Lecture over the American Empire, expansionism, and the Spanish-American-Cuban War, Chapter 27 in the text.
  • Chapter 26 (complete) Lecture, 27 February 2009. Lecture over the Great West, Chapter 26 in the text.
  • Chapter 25 (complete) Lecture, 25 February 2009. Lecture over the cultural and social aspects of the Gilded Age, Chapter 25 in the text.
  • Chapter 24 (complete) Lecture, 17 February 2009. Lecture over the industrial and business aspects of the Gilded Age, Chapter 24 in the text.
  • Chapter 23 (complete) Lecture, 17 February 2009. Lecture over the politics of the Gilded Age, including the conclusion of Reconstruction, Chapter 23 in the text.
  • Chapter 21, Part 2 and Chapter 22 (complete) Lecture, 4 February 2009. Second part of a lecture over the combat phase of the American CIvil War, Chapter 21 in the text, followed by a lecture over the first phases of Reconstruction.
  • Chapter 21, Part 1 Lecture, 2 February 2009. First part of a lecture over the combat phase of the American CIvil War, Chapter 21 in the text.
  • Chapter 20, Part 2 Lecture, 27 January 2009. Second part of a lecture over the political phase of the American CIvil War, Chapter 20 in the text.
  • Chapter 20, Part 1 Lecture, 23 January 2009. First part of a lecture over the political phase of the American CIvil War, Chapter 20 in the text.
  • Chapter 19, Part 2 Lecture, 23 January 2009. Second part of a lecture over the late 1850s, the immediate antebellum period, Chapter 19 in the text.

Web Sites for Research

Sample Tests

Chapter Tests of The American Pageant

Multiple Choice Tests

 

AP Board Exam

  • The AP Board has changed its policies on releasing the multiple-choice section of exams, and I no longer know of any online site where you can access an actual exam. You may purchase the 2001 AP US History exam from the College Board, and I do have samples you can see in class.
  • AP College Board - this is great for previous test questions, sample scored essays, and suggestions
  • A.P. Exam Essay Questions for the Last Six Years

 

 

AP US History Topics
Breakdown Given by College Board

Era Outlines

One Page Outlines of Above Topics with Notes
Please note that these do not matchup with the textbook chapters!

  1. Exploration
  2. Colonization
  3. Life in the Colonies
  4. Causes of the Revolution
  5. Critical Period
  6. Making a Nation
  7. War of 1812
  8. Jacksonian Democracy
  9. Creating an American Culture
  10. Native American Treatment
  11. Sectional Differences
  12. Westward Expansion
  13. Causes of the Civil War
  14. The Civil War
  15. Reconstruction
  16. Industrialization and Corporate Consolidation
  17. Gilded Age: Politics and Urbanization
  18. Foreign Policy - 1865-1914
  19. Progressive Era
  20. World War I
  21. The 1920s
  22. The Great Depression
  23. Foreign Policy in the 1930s
  24. World War II
  25. Truman and the Cold War
  26. Eisenhower and Modern Republicanism
  27. Kennedy's New Frontier
  28. Nixon
  29. The United States Since 1974
  30. Civil Rights Movement
  31. Women's Equality

Review Terms and Questions

Terms

Questions - if you can write a thoughtful paragraph on all of these questions, you should do great. 

Review Summaries of Eras

Concise, Single-Source Review of Entire Course

The "Official" AP United States History Cram Packet

 

 

Extra Resources & Specific History Bits


Document Based Questions (DBQ's)

Introduction to DBQs

General Resources

Resources for Students



Many thanks to Mr. Eric Burnett of the Singapore American School for his kind assistance with most of these links.



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