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Overview

ARE YOU SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING A 5 ON THE AP U.S. HISTORY EXAM?
Get fully prepared with the AP U.S. History test prep AP teachers recommend.

The Most Complete APUSH Subject Review:
Everything you need to know for the Advanced Placement United States History exam, selected and presented by seasoned high school and college faculty with extensive AP U.S. History experience.

The Best AP U.S. History Practice Exams Available:
6 AP U.S. History practice tests based on official AP U.S. History exam questions released by the College Board – balanced to include every AP U.S. History topic and type of AP question you can expect on the actual AP U.S. History exam.

Total Explanations of AP U.S. History Exam Questions & Answers:
Each AP U.S. History practice test comes with detailed feedback on every question. We don’t just say which answers are right – but why the others are wrong, so you’ll be prepared for the AP U.S. History exam!

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REA’s focused AP U.S. History content and practical advice has helped millions of AP students score higher. With our step-by-step plan, you can earn a 5 on the AP U.S. History exam and get the credit you deserve!

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For years, AP U.S. History teachers have relied on REA for effective, authoritative Advanced Placement study guides. Our authors include nationally known AP experts who have personally coached generations of successful Advanced Placement students. In our AP U.S. History test prep, we’ve combined the insights of high school teachers and college faculty into one powerful volume.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780738606255
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation
  • Edition description: Eighth
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 864
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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PREPARE WITH CONFIDENCE 
Excelling on the AP U.S. History Exam 
 
REA gives you all the tools you’ll need to master the Advanced Placement Examination in United States History:
 
* Unrivaled detailed review of all the facts in a context that will sharpen classroom discussion and keep you from having to continually check your textbook for citations as you study.
* Handy timelines that clearly summarize each period’s major events.
* Photographs and other carefully chosen artwork that bring critical events and personalities to life. 
* Sidebars that highlight key historical figures and issues. 
* Comprehensive index that speeds specific referencing.
* Six full-length, true-to-format practice exams—with 480 multiple-choice items in all—that prepare you for the actual AP exam like no other book.
* Full explanations of every practice-exam answer.
* Complete array of sample essay questions and answers.
 
Beginning with the 2006 exam, the AP Program’s U.S. History Development Committee has embraced the trend on college and university campuses to view United States history through the prism of social change on the one hand, and cultural and intellectual developments on the other. Our book does likewise.In choosing REA, you’re putting yourself in the company of tens of thousands of AP students who have benefited from our total preparation package year after year. 
 
Moreover, teachers across the nation and beyond find that this book offers a clear-eyed, no-nonsense perspective on the history of the United States of America. In fact, many AP instructors use it to supplement their classroom text and lectures precisely because it so comprehensively supports specific curriculum objectives for the AP course and exam. 
 
ABOUT THE EXAM 
The Advanced Placement Program is designed to allow high school students to pursue college-level studies while attending high school. The three-hour five-minute AP U.S. History exam is usually given to high school students who have completed a year’s study in a college-level U.S. History course. The test results are then used to determine the awarding of course credit and/or advanced course placement in college.According to the College Board, students taking this exam are called upon to demonstrate “systematic factual knowledge” and bring to bear critical, persuasive analysis of the full sweep of U.S. history. This is why we make every effort to establish and build upon context for you, rather than encouraging rote memorization of disconnected facts.
 
FORMAT. The AP U.S. History Exam is divided into two sections as follows: 
 
1)   Multiple-Choice Items: This section is composed of 80 multiple-choice questions designed to gauge your ability to understand and analyze U.S. history from the Pre-Columbian period to the present. The majority of the questions, however, are based on nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. This section tests factual knowledge, scope of preparation, and knowledge-based analytical skills. You’ll have 55 minutes to complete this section, which accounts for 50 percent of your final grade. 
 
2)   Free-Response Items: This section is composed of three essay questions designed to measure your ability to write coherent, intelligent, well-organized essays on historical topics. The essays require you to demonstrate mastery of historical interpretation and the ability to express views and knowledge in writing. The essays may relate documents to different areas, analyze common themes of different time periods, or compare individual and group experiences that reflect socioeconomic, racial, gender, and ethnic differences. Part A consists of a mandatory 15-minute reading period, followed by 45 minutes during which you must answer a document-based question (DBQ), which changes from year to year. In Part B and Part C, you’ll be directed to answer one of two questions presented in each section. You will have 70 minutes to write your essays. The free-response section counts for 50 percent of your final grade. 
 
Test-Taking Tips 
If you are not familiar with standardized tests such as the AP United States History exam, there are many ways to acquaint yourself with this type of examination and help alleviate any test-taking anxieties. Listed below are ways to help you become accustomed to the AP exams, some of which may be applied to other standardized tests as well. 
 
Become comfortable with the format of the exam. Stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating the test a couple of times, you will boost your chances of doing well, and you will be able to sit down for the actual exam with more confidence.
 
Read all of the possible answers. Just because you think you have found the correct response, do not automatically assume that it is the best answer. Read through each choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to conclusions. 
 
CONTACTING THE AP PROGRAM 
 
Prospective examinees should download from the College Entrance Examination Board’s website or request by phone the free bulletin offering a general description of the AP Program, including policies and procedures as well as instructions on how to register for the AP Examination in United States History. Here’s how to contact the College Board: 
 
AP Services
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427
Website: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com 
E-mail: apexams@info.collegeboard.org 
 

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
About Research & Education Association
Staff Acknowledgments
Preparing with Confidence:
Excelling on the AP United States History Exam
About the Exam
About the Review Section
Scoring the Exam
Contacting the AP Program
AP United States History Study Schedule

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY
COURSE REVIEW

Chapter 1
Pre-Columbian Cultures (12,000 B.C.E-1492 C.E.)
2,000 Separate Cultures
Highly Organized Society
Some Native Tribes Rendered Nearly Extinct
Historical Timeline

Chapter 2
European Exploration and the Colonial Period (1492-1763)
The Age of Exploration
The Beginnings of Colonization
The Colonial World
The 18th Century
Historical Timeline

Chapter 3
The American Revolution (1763-1787)
The Coming of the American Revolution
The War for Independence
The Creation of New Governments
Historical Timeline

Chapter 4
The United States Constitution (1787-1789)
Development and Ratification
Outline of the United States Constitution
Separation and Limitation of Powers
Historical Timeline

Chapter 5
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
Industrialization
Educational Development
Developments in Religious Life
Historical Timeline

Chapter 6
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
Historical Timeline

Chapter 7
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
Historical Timeline

Chapter 8
The Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1877)
Hostilities Begin
The Union Preserved
The Ordeal of Reconstruction
Historical Timeline

Chapter 9
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 1
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
Historical Timeline

Chapter 10
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
Historical Timeline

Chapter 11
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
Historical Timeline

Chapter 12
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
United States Neutrality Legislation
Threats to World Order
The American Response to the War in Europe
The Election of 1940
American Involvement with the European War
The Road to Pearl Harbor
Historical Timeline

Chapter 13
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
Diplomacy
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
Anticommunism
Eisenhower's Dynamic Conservatism
Civil Rights
The Election of 1960
Society and Culture
Demographic Trends
Conformity and Security
Seeds of Rebellion
Historical Timeline

Chapter 14
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
Vietnam
Election of 1968
The Nixon Conservative Reaction
Vietnamization
Foreign Policy
Election of 1972
Historical Timeline

Chapter 15
Watergate, Conservatism's Rise, and
Post-Cold War Challenges (1972-2005)
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
The Election of 2008: History is Made
Historical Timeline

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY
PRACTICE TESTS

Practice Test 1
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

Practice Test 2
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

Practice Test 3
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

Practice Test 4
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

Practice Test 5
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

Practice Test 6
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

ANSWER SHEETS

INDEX

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