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Perfect for the time-crunched student, last-minute studier, or anyone who wants a refresher on the subject!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738605609
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

 
About Our Author
 
Larry Krieger earned his B.A. and M.A.T. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. from Wake Forest University. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Mr. Krieger has taught a variety of AP subjects including American History, World History, European History, American Government, and Art History. His popular courses were renown for their energetic presentations, commitment to scholarship, and ability to build high AP exam scores. All of Mr. Krieger’s students scored above a 3 on their exams, with most students scoring a 4 or a 5. In 2004 and 2005, the College Board recognized Mr. Krieger as one of the nation’s foremost AP teachers.
 
Mr. Krieger’s success has extended far beyond the classroom. He is the author of several widely used American history, World history and AP Art history textbooks. In addition, he has also spoken at numerous Social Studies conferences and conducts SAT and AP workshops around the country. The AP U.S. History Crash Course is the second book Mr. Krieger has written for REA. It is the first of an innovative new series of test preparation books that will help students strategically and effectively prepare for their AP exams.

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 
 
REA’s AP U.S. History Crash Course is the first book of its kind for the last-minute studier or any AP student who wants a quick refresher on the course. The Crash Course is based upon a careful analysis of the AP U.S. History Course Description outline and actual AP test questions.
 
Written by an expert who has studied the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam content for 20 years, our easy-to-read format gives students a crash course in the major ideas and events in U.S. history. The targeted review chapters prepare students for the exam by only focusing on the important topics tested on the AP U.S. History exam.
 
Unlike other test preps, REA’s Crash Course gives you a review specifically focused on what you really need to study in order to ace the APUSH exam. Our review is broken down into specific topics and themes, offering you two ways to study the material – chronologically, or by key themes and facts.
 
The introduction begins with a discussion of seven keys for success and a glossary of 41 terms you absolutely, positively have to know. Part Two is composed of review chapters arranged in chronological order. Each chapter presents the essential information you need to know about important time periods in U.S. History.
 
The third section is made up of chapters devoted to key themes in American History, with particular attention focused on African American history and women’s history. Finally, the Crash Course concludes with chapters that present strategies for successfully answering multiple-choice questions, the document-based essay question, and the free-response essays.
 
No matter how or when you prepare for the AP U.S. History exam, REA’s Crash Course will show you how to study efficiently and strategically, so you can boost your score! 
 
If you would like to assess your test readiness for the AP U.S. History exam after studying this Crash Course, you can access a complimentary full-length AP U.S. History practice exam at www.rea.com/crashcourse. This true-to-format test includes detailed explanations of all answers and will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses before taking the actual exam.
 
Good luck on your AP U.S. History exam! 
 

Author’s Pep Talk
Why write another AP United States History test preparation book? Bookstore shelves already contain a bewildering number of AP U.S. History (APUSH) books all claiming they will raise your scores. But will they really help you succeed? Do they provide you with the best information and the most useful strategies? I don’t think they do. That is why I have written this book.
 
REA’s AP U.S. History Crash Course is completely different from other test preps and study guides on the market today. Most APUSH test preps are often nothing more than slightly abridged versions of your textbook. The authors indiscriminately fill their books with facts, dates, Supreme Court cases, and endless acts of Congress for fear of leaving something out. In contrast, this Crash Course is deliberately selective. I don’t include any extraneous information that is unlikely to appear on your exam. Instead, my targeted review chapters only focus on the important topics tested on the AP U.S. History exam. 
 
The information presented in this book is based on a close study of all the released AP United States History exams. Contrary to popular belief, College Board test writers do not write questions on an unlimited number of topics. Their questions are designed to test key points on the Topic Outline contained in the College Board’s United States History Course Description booklet. Because of this limitation, APUSH questions are actually focused on a limited number of key topics. 
 
In short, this AP U.S. History Crash Course provides you with the information, tips, and strategies you need to succeed on the APUSH exam. I have been teaching AP courses for more than 30 years, and all of my students have scored a 3 or above. If you take the time and study this book, you will also achieve a high score. 
 
So what are you waiting for? REA’s AP U.S. History Crash Course will give you “A Higher Score in Less Time—Guaranteed!” 
 
 
 

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 
Chapter 1: Seven Keys for Success on the AP U.S. History Exam
Chapter 2: Key Terms 
 
CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW
Chapter 3: Colonial America, 1492–1754
Chapter 4: The American Revolutionary Era, 1754–1789
Chapter 5: The New Nation, 1789–1824
Chapter 6: The Age of Jackson, 1824–1840
Chapter 7: Social and Cultural Movements in Antebellum America
Chapter 8: The Gathering Storm, 1840–1860
Chapter 9: The Civil War, 1861–1865
Chapter 10: Reconstruction and the New South, 1865–1900
Chapter 11: The Old West, 1865–1900
Chapter 12: Industrial America, 1865–1900
Chapter 13: Populism and Progressivism, 1890–1917
Chapter 14: Imperialism and World War I, 1890–1919
Chapter 15: The Roaring Twenties
Chapter 16: The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929–1941
Chapter 17: World War II, 1941–1945
Chapter 18: The Cold War, 1945–1989
Chapter 19: The Unfinished Fifties
Chapter 20: The Tumultuous Sixties
Chapter 21: Key Political Events and Demographic Trends, 1968 to the Present 
 
KEY THEMES AND FACTS
Chapter 22: Milestones and Key Figures in African American History, 1619–1865
Chapter 23: Milestones and Key Figures in African American History, 1865–Present
Chapter 24: Milestones and Key Figures in Women’s History
Chapter 25: Milestones in Native American History
Chapter 26: Key Supreme Court Cases and Famous Trials
Chapter 27: Key Works of Literature, Art, and Music
Chapter 28: Key Facts About Labor Unions, Labor Laws, and Labor Strikes
Chapter 29: Key Facts About Twenty Acts of Congress
Chapter 30: People in Motion: Immigration and Migration
Chapter 31: Milestones in U.S. Foreign Policy: Latin America 
Chapter 32: Milestones in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Vietnam War  
 
TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES 
Chapter 33: Strategies for the Multiple-Choice Questions 
Chapter 34: Strategies for the Document-Based Essay Question 
Chapter 35: Strategies for the Free-Response Essays 

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    GREAT REVIEW BOOK

    This review book really saved my life in APUSH. I read this book multiple times during my preparation for the APUSH test and found it extremely useful and easy to reference. Unlike other study books, it is small and gave me only the information that I needed, making studying much more practical and easy. I could also reference it easily to double check a fact or date quickly during review sessions, something that would have taken much longer in a larger, more complex study book. APUSH Crash Course is seperated into chapters that seperate US history into its different time periods, which really helped me to better classify events, terms, and people. Also provided within the outline style review of US history, are tips on what is especially important to and minded by the AP test makers on the actual AP exam. This book makes multiple references to past tests which helped me get a better idea of what was to be expected on the exam. Conveniently included as well are tips and strategies for the multiple choice, free response, and document based questions. Not to mention the fact that this green edition book was printed on recycled paper makes it very desirable and preferable. I would recommend this book to EVERY APUSH student. It will help you tremendously!!

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    Great for Procrasinators

    This study guide is perfect for procrasinators who wait until the last minute to study. ITs straight to the point and tells you which points will show up on the test. Presents the information in three differents forms so its easier to remember. It did wonders to me since I have a lazy teacher who passes worksheets out but anyways great overall

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    Great for concise review

    This book worked very well for my students APUSH review. It is clear, concise, and well-organized for reviewing U.S. History. I liked the way it was organized in several different formats to allow students multiple methods for mapping historical themes and facts for study. I highly suggest this book AFTER studying U. S. History.

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