AP U.S. History Crash Course (REA)

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CRASH COURSE FOR THE AP* U.S. HISTORY EXAM – GET A HIGHER SCORE IN LESS TIME

Late getting started? Facing too many AP* tests? Use this course to learn the most in the least time!

Study Only What You Need to Know
REA’s Crash Course for the AP* U.S. History exam is based on an in-depth analysis of the Advanced Placement* U.S. ...

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Overview


CRASH COURSE FOR THE AP* U.S. HISTORY EXAM – GET A HIGHER SCORE IN LESS TIME

Late getting started? Facing too many AP* tests? Use this course to learn the most in the least time!

Study Only What You Need to Know
REA’s Crash Course for the AP* U.S. History exam is based on an in-depth analysis of the Advanced Placement* U.S. History exam and actual AP* test questions. It covers only the information tested on the exam, so you can make the most of your study time.

Expert Test-Taking Strategies
Developed by an Advanced Placement* teacher with many years of classroom experience, this U.S. History Crash Course presents detailed, question-level strategies for answering the multiple-choice, document-based, and free-response questions. By following the author’s expert advice, you can boost your score in every section of the AP* U.S. History test.

Key Terms You Must Know
Knowing the right terminology can make a real difference in your AP* score. Our expert advice includes the key terms you need to know before taking the AP* U.S. History exam.

Free Practice Exam
Our full-length online U.S. History practice exam includes every topic and type of question found on the actual exam. It offers timed testing, automatic scoring, and detailed explanations of answers. Helpful diagnostics pinpoint where you’re strongest and where you need to focus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738608136
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 2/17/2010
  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 20,884
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the 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.

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 AP® workshops around the country.

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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

About This Book vii

About Our Author viii

Acknowledgments viii

Author's Pep Talk ix

Part I Introduction

Chapter 1 Seven Keys for Success on the AP U.S. History Exam 1

Chapter 2 Key Terms 9

Part II Chronological Review

Chapter 3 Colonial America, 1492-1754 21

Chapter 4 The American Revolutionary Era, 1754-1789 29

Chapter 5 The New Nation, 1789-1824 37

Chapter 6 The Age of Jackson, 1824-1840 43

Chapter 7 Social and Cultural Movements in Antebellum America 49

Chapter 8 The Gathering Storm, 1840-1860|55

Chapter 9 The Civil War, 1861-1865 61

Chapter 10 Reconstruction and the New South, 1865-1900 65

Chapter 11 The Old West, 1865-1900 71

Chapter 12 Industrial America, 1865-1900 75

Chapter 13 Populism and Progressivism, 1890-1917 81

Chapter 14 Imperialism and World War I, 1890-1919 89

Chapter 15 The Roaring Twenties 95

Chapter 16 The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1941 101

Chapter 17 World War II, 1941-1945 109

Chapter 18 The Cold War, 1945-1989 115

Chapter 19 The Unfinished Fifties 123

Chapter 20 The Tumultuous Sixties 127

Chapter 21 Key Political Events and Demographic Trends, 1968 to the Present 133

Part III Key Themes and Facts

Chapter 22 Milestones and Key Figures in African American History, 1619-1865 143

Chapter 23 Milestones and Key Figures in African American History, 1865-Present 153

Chapter 24 Milestones and Key Figures in Women's History 163

Chapter 25 Milestones in Native American History 171

Chapter 26 Key Supreme Court Cases and Famous Trials 177

Chapter 27 Key Works of Literature, Art, and Music 181

Chapter 28 Key Facts about Labor Unions, Labor Laws, and Labor Strikes 187

Chapter 29 Key Factsabout Twenty Acts of Congress 191

Chapter 30 People in Motion: Immigration and Migration 197

Chapter 31 Milestones in U.S. Foreign Policy: Latin America 203

Chapter 32 Milestones in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Vietnam War 209

Part IV Test-Taking Strategies

Chapter 33 Strategies for the Multiple-Choice Questions 215

Chapter 34 Strategies for the Document-Based Essay Question 221

Chapter 35 Strategies for the Free-Response Essays 227

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    I bought this book and the complete REA one and studied both sim

    I bought this book and the complete REA one and studied both simultaneously throughout the year. I liked the timeline part of this book and found the topics defined in a super simple and useful way. If you're planning on purchasing this make sure you know that this is equivalent to studying off of flashcards. I would recommend buying the huge REA Apush one too. It gives you important details that this one doesnt cover. If you're last minute studying with a couple of weeks before the test. Read this book and go to the multiple choice on the complete REA one and you'll be ready!
    I got a 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    MUST Have

    The book is exactly what is required for our high school's AP US History class

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2011

    Must have!!

    best book you can get for a quick review right before the test!! has important tips and sample questions that might come out on the actual exam !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2011

    Great for Reading the Day Before Test

    I purchased this a week before the test and read 50% on the day before the test and the other 50% on the day after the test. Some questions on the AP asked about exactly what this book outlined. Even though it's really short, don't undermine its effectiveness: the author knows exactly what to know to get just enough points to get a 5. Also, the material is repeated over and over again (because this book has two sections: Chronological review and Key Points), so it really sticks in your head. Highly Recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2011

    Makes reviewing easy

    This book was really great - I never understood study guides that are the length of textbooks, but this one is different. It's short, sweet, and to the point, with bulleted lists of key facts, people, etc. that you absolutely need to know, sorted by time period. It also has separate lists for women's and African-American history, etc. which was helpful.

    It's not going to give you a 5 if you didn't pay attention at all in the class, but this was basically the only way I studied old material outside of class and I got a 5 on the exam. I highly recommend it, especially if you know you can't bring yourself to read or re-read longer, denser materials.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

    Really good book

    I didn't have much time to spend on this test. This book helped a lot.

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