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Everything you need to prepare for the AP* U.S. History exam, in a study system built around you.

REA’s All Access AP* U.S. History gives you a targeted review of the material you’ll be expected to know on test day, presented with proven tips and strategies for answering every question type.

The online REA Study Center gives you the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available today. Using chapter quizzes, mini-tests, and a full-length practice exam, the Study Center pinpoints your strengths and weaknesses and helps you raise your score by showing you exactly where to focus your study.

REA’s Flashcard app helps you customize your study and practice where you need it the most. Create your own unique flashcards or study the 100 cards included when you buy this book. And, since you can access the flashcards online or on your smartphone, you can practice anytime you have a free moment. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738610573
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 1/19/2012
  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) All Access
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 114,949
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Feldmeth, M.A.
Assistant Head of School
Instructor, AP® United States History
Polytechnic School
Pasadena, CA

Jerome McDuffie, Ph.D.
Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, NC

Gary Piggrem, Ph.D.
Professor of History
DeVry Institute of Technology
Columbus, OH

Steven E. Woodworth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa, GA

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Welcome to REA’s All Access for AP U.S. History

A new, more effective way to prepare for your AP exam.

There are many different ways to prepare for an AP exam. What’s best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.

This book, and the free online tools that come with it, will help you personalize your AP prep by testing your understanding, pinpointing your weaknesses, and delivering flashcard study materials unique to you.

Let’s get started and see how this system works.

How to Use REA’s AP All Access

The REA AP All Access system allows you to create a personalized study plan through three simple steps: targeted review of exam content, assessment of your knowledge, and focused study in the topics where you need the most help.

Review the Book: Study the topics tested on the AP exam and learn proven strategies that will help you tackle any question you may see on test day.

Test Yourself & Get Feedback: As you review the book, test yourself. Score reports from your free online tests and quizzes give you a fast way to pinpoint what you really know and what you should spend more time studying.

Improve Your Score: Armed with your score reports, you can personalize your study plan. Review the parts of the book where you are weakest, and use the REA Study Center to create your own unique e-flashcards, adding to the 100 free cards included with this book.

Finding Your Weaknesses: The REA Study Center
The best way to personalize your study plan and truly focus on your weaknesses is to get frequent feedback on what you know and what you don’t. At the online REA Study Center, you can access three types of assessment: topic-level quizzes, mini-tests, and a full-length practice test. Each of these tools provides true-to-format questions and delivers a detailed score report that follows the topics set by the College Board.

Topic-Level Quizzes
Short, 15-minute online quizzes are available throughout the review and are designed to test your immediate grasp of the topics just covered.

Two online mini-tests cover what you’ve studied in each half of the book. These tests are like the actual AP exam, only shorter, and will help you evaluate your overall understanding of the subject.

Full-Length Practice Test
After you’ve finished reviewing the book, take our full-length exam to practice under test-day conditions. Available both in this book and online, this test gives you the most complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses. We strongly recommend that you take the online version of the exam for the added benefits of timed testing, automatic scoring and a detailed score report.

Improving Your Score: e-Flashcards
Once you get your score report, you’ll be able to see exactly which topics you need to review. Use this information to create your own flashcards for the areas where you are weak. And, because you will create these flashcards through the REA Study Center, you’ll be able to access them from any computer or smartphone. Not quite sure what to put on your flashcards? Start with the 100 free cards included when you buy this book.

After the Full-Length Practice Test: Crash Course
After finishing this book and taking our full-length practice exam, pick up REA’s Crash Course for AP U.S. History. Use your most recent score reports to identify any areas where you are still weak, and turn to the Crash Course for a rapid review presented in a concise outline style.

Strategies for the Exam

What Will I See on the AP U.S. History Exam?
One May morning, you stroll confidently into the school library where you’re scheduled to take the AP U.S. History exam. You know your stuff : you paid attention in class, followed your textbook, took plenty of notes, and reviewed your coursework by reading a special test prep guide. You can identify major technological advances, explain the characteristics of different eras of history, and describe the effects of different methods of wars on broad economic and social changes. So, how will you show your knowledge on the test?

The Multiple-Choice Section
First off , you’ll complete a lengthy multiple-choice section that tests your ability to not just remember facts about the various eras of U.S. history, but also to apply that knowledge to interpret and analyze historical information. This section will require you to answer 80 multiple-choice questions in just 55 minutes. Here are the major time periods and the approximate percentages of questions found on the AP U.S. History exam relating to each period:

• Pre-Columbian to 1789 (20%)

• 1790 to 1914 (45%)

• 1915 to present (35%)

Topics and their relative percentages on the test include the following:

• Political institutions, behavior, and public policy (35%)

• Social change and cultural history (40%)

• Diplomacy and international relations (15%)

• Economic developments (10%)

So, being able to name which president led the country during the Great Depression (Franklin D. Roosevelt, but you know that, right?) will not do you much good unless you can also explain how Roosevelt’s policies shaped the role of U.S. government, the nation’s economy, the role of the United States in world affairs, and the day-to-day lives of the nation’s people. It sounds like a lot, but by working quickly and methodically you’ll have plenty of time to address this section effectively. We’ll look at this in greater depth later in this chapter.

The Free-Response Section
After time is called on the multiple-choice section, you’ll get a short break before diving in the free-response, or essay, section. This section requires you to produce three written responses in 130 minutes. Like the multiple-choice section, the free-response portion of the exam expects you to be able to apply your own knowledge to analyze historical information, in addition to being able to provide essential facts and definitions. One of these free-response questions will require you to interpret several primary source documents to create a historical argument. This is known as the document-based question, or DBQ. The other two free-response items will ask you to use your historical knowledge to build a thesis-based essay.

What’s the Score?
Although the scoring process for the AP exam may seem quite complex, it boils down to two simple components: your multiple-choice score plus your free-response scores. The multiple-choice section accounts for one-half of your overall score, and is generated by awarding one point toward your “raw score” for each question you’ve answered correctly. The free-response section also accounts for one-half of your total score. Within the free-response section, the DBQ accounts for 45 percent of your overall score, and the combined total of your two other essay makes up 55 percent of your overall score. Trained graders read students’ written responses and assign points according to grading rubrics. The number of points you accrue out of the total possible will form your score on the free-response section.

The College Board scores the AP exam on a scale of 1 to 5. Although individual colleges and universities determine what credit or advanced placement, if any, is awarded to students at each score level, these are the assessments typically associated with each numeric score:

5 Extremely well qualified

4 Well qualified

3 Qualified

2 Possibly qualified

1 No recommendation

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Table of Contents

About Research & Education Association

Chapter 1: Welcome to REA’s All Access for AP U.S. History

Chapter 2: Strategies for the Exam
What Will I See on the AP U.S. History Exam?
Section I: Strategies for the Multiple-Choice Section of the Exam
Section II: Strategies for the Free-Response Section of the Exam

Chapter 3: Pre-Columbian Cultures (12,000 b.c.e.–1492 c.e.)
2,000 Separate Cultures
Highly Organized Society
Some Native Tribes Rendered Nearly Extinct

Chapter 4: European Exploration and the Colonial Period (1492–1763)
The Age of Exploration
The Beginnings of Colonization
The Colonial World
The 18th Century
Quiz 1

Chapter 5: The American Revolution (1763–1787)
The Coming of the American Revolution
The War for Independence
The Creation of New Governments

Chapter 6: The United States Constitution (1785–1789)
Development and Ratification
Outline of The United States Constitution
Separation and Limitation of Powers
Quiz 2

Chapter 7: The New Nation (1789–1824)
The Federalist Era
The Establishment of the Executive Departments
Washington’s Administration, 1789–1797
Foreign and Frontier Affairs
Internal Problems
John Adams’ Administration, 1797–1801
Repression and Protest
The Revolution of 1800
The Jeffersonian Era
Conflict with the Judges
Domestic Affairs
International Involvement
Madison’s Administration, 1809–1817
Postwar Developments
Internal Development, 1820–1830
The Marshall Court
Statehood: A Balancing Act
The Expanding Economy
The Transportation Revolution
Educational Development
Developments in Religious Life

Chapter 8: Jacksonian Democracy and Westward Expansion (1824–1850)
The Jacksonian Democracy, 1829–1841
The Election of 1824
The Webster-Hayne Debate (1830)
The War on the Bank
The Election of 1840
The Meaning of Jacksonian Politics
Ante-Bellum Culture: An Age of Reform
The Flowering of Literature
The Fine Arts
The Transcendentalists
The Utopians
The Mormons
Remaking Society: Organized Reform
Diverging Societies—Life in the North
The Role of Women and Minorities
The Northeast Leads the Way
Everyday Life in the North
Diverging Societies—Life in the South
Commerce and Industry
Life in the Southern States
Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion
Tyler, Polk, and Continued Westward Expansion
Quiz 3

Chapter 9: Sectional Conflict and the Causes of the Civil War (1850–1860)
The Crisis of 1850 and America at Mid-Century
The Return of Sectional Conflict
The Coming of the Civil War

Chapter 10: The Civil War and Reconstruction (1860–1877)
Hostilities Begin
The Union Preserved
The Ordeal of Reconstruction
Quiz 4
Mini-Test 1

Chapter 11: Industrialism, War, and the Progressive Era (1877–1912)
The New Industrial Era, 1877–1882
Politics of the Period, 1877–1882
The Economy, 1877–1882
Social and Cultural Developments, 1877–1882
Foreign Relations, 1877–1882
The Reaction to Corporate Industrialism, 1882–1887
Politics of the Period, 1882–1887
The Economy, 1882–1887
Social and Cultural Developments, 1882–1887
Foreign Relations, 1882–1887
The Emergence of Regional Empire, 1887–1892
Politics of the Period, 1887–1892
The Economy, 1887–1892
Social and Cultural Developments, 1887–1892
Foreign Relations, 1887–1892
Economic Depression and Social Crisis, 1892–1897
The Economy, 1892–1897
Social and Cultural Developments, 1892–1897
Foreign Relations, 1892–1897
War and the Americanization of the World, 1897–1902
Politics of the Period, 1897–1902
The Economy, 1897–1902
Social and Cultural Developments, 1897–1902
Foreign Policy, 1897–1902
Theodore Roosevelt and Progressive Reforms, 1902–1907
Politics of the Period, 1902–1907
The Economy, 1902–1907
Social and Cultural Developments, 1902–1907
Foreign Relations, 1902–1907
The Regulatory State and the Ordered Society, 1907–1912
Politics of the Period, 1907–1912
The Economy, 1907–1912
Social and Cultural Developments, 1907–1912
Foreign Relations, 1907–1912

Chapter 12: Wilson and World War I (1912–1920)
Implementing the New Freedom: The Early Years of the Wilson Administration
The Triumph of New Nationalism
The Election of 1916
Social Issues in the First Wilson Administration
Wilson’s Foreign Policy and the Road to War
The Road to War in Europe
World War I: The Military Campaign
Mobilizing the Home Front
Wartime Social Trends
Peacemaking and Domestic Problems, 1918–1920
Domestic Problems and the End of the Wilson Administration
Quiz 5

Chapter 13: The Roaring Twenties and Economic Collapse (1920–1929)
The Election of 1920
The Twenties: Economic Advances and Social Tensions
American Society in the 1920s
Social Conflicts
Government and Politics in the 1920s: The Harding Administration
The Election of 1924
The Coolidge Administration
The Election of 1928
Foreign Policy in the Twenties
The Great Depression: The Crash

Chapter 14: The Great Depression and the New Deal (1929–1941)
Reasons for the Depression
Hoover’s Depression Policies
The Election of 1932
The First New Deal
Legislation of the First New Deal
The Second New Deal: Opposition from the Right and Left
The Second New Deal Begins
The Election of 1936
The Last Years of the New Deal
Social Dimensions of the New Deal Era
Labor Unions
Cultural Trends of the 1930s
New Deal Diplomacy and the Road to War
Threats to World Order
United States Neutrality Legislation
The American Response to the War in Europe
The Election of 1940
American Involvement with the European War
The Road to Pearl Harbor
Quiz 6

Chapter 15: World War II and the Postwar Era (1941–1960)
Declared War Begins
The Home Front
The North African and European Theatres
The Pacific Theatre
The Atomic Bomb
The Emergence of the Cold War and Containment
International Cooperation
Containment in Asia
Eisenhower-Dulles Foreign Policy
The Politics of Affluence: Demobilization and Domestic Policy
The Fair Deal
Eisenhower’s Dynamic Conservatism
Civil Rights
The Election of 1960
Society and Culture
Demographic Trends
Conformity and Security
Seeds of Rebellion

Chapter 16: The New Frontier, Vietnam, and Social Upheaval (1960–1972)
Kennedy’s “New Frontier” and the Liberal Revival
Civil Rights
The Cold War Continues
Johnson and the Great Society
Emergence of Black Power
Ethnic Activism
The New Left
The Counterculture
Women’s Liberation
Election of 1968
The Nixon Conservative Reaction
Foreign Policy
Election of 1972
Quiz 7

Chapter 17: Watergate, Conservatism’s Rise, and Post–Cold War Challenges (1972–2008)
The Watergate Scandal
The Ford Presidency
Carter’s Moderate Liberalism
Carter’s Foreign Policy
The Iranian Crisis
The Election of 1980
The Reagan Presidency: Attacking Big Government
Asserting American Power
Election of 1984
Second-Term Foreign Concerns
Second-Term Domestic Affairs
Election of 1988
Bush Abandons Reaganomics
Other Domestic Issues Under Bush
Bush’s Activist Foreign Policy
Collapse of East European Communism
Persian Gulf Crisis
Breakup of the Soviet Union
The Election of 1992
The Clinton Presidency
The Election of 1996
The Elections of 2000 and 2004
American Society at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
Quiz 8
Mini-Test 2

Practice Exam (also available online at www.rea.com/studycenter )

Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
Answer Sheet

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