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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

Curriculum

Social Studies - AP US History

 

Discovery, Settlement, Revolution

 

The learner will be able to discuss the first discoverers of America.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the cultures of North and South America during this period.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the impact upon Native Americans from European contact.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to note the development of English colonization.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare the northern, middle, and southern colonies.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to note the religious origins of the New England colonies compared with the diversity of the middle colonies.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze seventeenth century life and the development of a social hierarchy in the Chesapeake region.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to contrast the lifestyles in the Chesapeake region with the communities of New England.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to relate the development of a unique and developing culture in the colonies during the 1700's, considering the economic and political development as well as ethnic, economic, and political diversity.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the struggle between Britain and France for the control of the North American continent, concentrating on the impact of the colonies.

 

  

 

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Revolution and New Republic

 

The learner will be able to analyze the growing sense of autonomy and self-government in the colonies which led to resistance to British efforts to increase control and taxation after 1763.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss how this conflict moved from the assertion of American rights to open warfare.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the major military events of the Revolution and the process involved in the movement of the colonies from the fighting for rights within the empire to declaring their independence in 1776.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the movement of the United States government from the Articles of Confederation through the creation of the Constitution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles and how the Constitution met the needs of the new people republic.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the major themes which developed during the first years of the republic including (1)The new government under the leadership of Washington and Hamilton became firmly established (2)The development of political differences within the cabinet between the Hamiltonian Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans, and (3)The foreign policy issues swirling around the French Revolution and Anglo-French conflicts leading to the election of 1800.

 

  

 

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Jefferson and the Republicans

 

The learner will be able to analyze the partisan battles between the Republicans and the Federalists.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the foreign conflicts of the Napoleonic era, and the involvement in a war with England in 1812.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the military conflict beginning in 1812 and the subsequent peace.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the rise of nationalism and the attempts of the new nation to deal with the sectional dispute over slavery.

 

  

 

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Jacksonian Democracy

 

The learner will be able to describe the development of a new "anti-elitist" type of democracy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the growing sectional dispute over slavery.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the development of the second American party system and the positive and negative characteristics of Jacksonisan democracy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the growth and development of the American republic and the beginnings of advances in transportation and industrialization.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to note the development of a continental economy with strong regional specialization.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the impact of major religious revivals during the Second Great Awakening.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the changes in all areas of American life during this period.

 

  

 

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Expansion, Slavery and Compromise

 

The learner will be able to discuss the social order of the South under the cotton-producing slave system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the growing abolitionist movement and the backlash in the South as anti-slavery sentiment grows in the North.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the expansion of the United States to the Pacific coast, the Mexican War, and the renewed debate over the issue of slavery in the territories.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the calming effect of the compromise of 1850 on the slavery debate.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the eruption of sectional feeling which occurred as a result of the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the deepening sectional hostility of the 1860's culminating with the election of Lincoln in 1860, and the last minute attempts to avoid war.

 

  

 

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Civil War and Reconstruction

 

The learner will be able to describe the mobilization of the industrialization and human resources of the North to wage what became a total war against the South.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe Lincoln's political leadership in dealing with a variety of issues during the war.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the significant military and political events of the Civil War.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze and compare presidential and radical reconstruction policies.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the effects of reconstruction, both good and bad, upon the South and the nation.

 

  

 

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Industrial Expansion and Gilded Age

 

The learner will be able to discuss the poor political leadership and party strife of this period, and the failure to deal with major problems such as race and class issues.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the boom in American industry and the impact upon labor as a result of the development of the large corporate structure.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the urbanization of America and the accompanying changes such as, the new Immigration, crowded slums, new religious outlooks, and conflicts over cultures and values.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to note the expanding opportunities for women as the nature of the family begins to change.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the expansion of America on the Western frontier including the battles with the Plains Indians and the development of agriculture unique to this section of the nation.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the high-tariff, tight-money economic policies and the severe depression of 1893 which created a sharp conflict between debt-ridden farmers and eastern economic and social conservatives.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the nomination of "free sliver" Bryan and the 1896 election contest with McKinley.

 

  

 

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Expansion and Progressivism

 

The learner will be able to describe the economic and political forces which kindled a new American Imperialism culminating in the Spanish-American War and the acquisition of new territories.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the assertive foreign policy of Theodore Roosevelt and the unilateral strengthening of the Monroe Doctrine with the adoption of the "Roosevelt Corollary".

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the impact of progressivism in reforming some of the economic problems associated with industrialization and urbanization beginning at the city and state level and expanding to the national level.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the New Freedom of Wilson and the sweeping domestic reforms of his first term, and consider Wilson's attempts to promote and idealistic foreign policy to deal with the European conflict.

 

  

 

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World War I and the Twenties

 

The learner will be able to describe the entry into and participation of the United States in World War I and the desire of the U. S. to transform the conflict into a crusade for democracy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the negotiations at Versailles and the subsequent failures of Wilson's Fourteen Points both in Europe and in the U.S. Senate.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the change from the crusading idealism of World War I to the inward-focused mass consumption, prosperity, and isolationism of the twenties.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to note the opposition to foreign or different ideas with the growth of the KKK and the Red Scare.

 

  

 

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20th Century

 

The learner will be able to discuss the ultra-conservative Republican administrations of the 1920's who pursued pro-business policies at home and economic unilateralism abroad.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the effects of the Stock Market crash of 1929 which led to the Great Depression.

 

  

 

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Depression, New Deal, WWII

 

The learner will be able to describe the three "R" approach of the new Deal and the massive federal programs employed to tackle the depression.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the isolationist feelings of the United States during the 1930's.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the growing concern for the democracies in Europe.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how the U.S. was drawn into the role of being the "arsenal of democracy".

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the American military strategy in World War II from Pearl Harbor through V-E and V-J Day.

 

  

 

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Cold War and Vietnam

 

The learner will be able to analyze the United States post-war economic boom as it emerged from World War II as the world's strongest economic power.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the population shift from the cities to the suburbs and the subsequent decline of the inner cities.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the entry of the United States into a period of Cold War against the U.S.S.R. which includes conflict over the Iron Curtain and Korea.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the moderate conservatism of the Eisenhower Administration as it dealt with the prosperity of the economy at home and struggled with Cold War issues on the international front.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the new Frontier of the Kennedy administration and his policy of "flexible response" to deal with such issues as Cuba and Vietnam.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the implementation of Johnson's great Society and the problems which occurred because of the unpopular involvement in Vietnam.

 

  

 

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President Nixon to the Present

 

The learner will be able to describe the efforts of the Nixon administration to extract the United States from the conflict in Vietnam, and also the development of more positive relations with China and the Soviet Union.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the political problems leading to the resignation of President Nixon, and the subsequent struggles of the Ford and Carter administrations with both foreign and domestic issues.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the resurgence of conservatism under the Reagan administration as they confronted domestic economic issues and Cold War confrontations with the Soviet Union.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the collapse of communism in Europe and the end of the Cold War.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the U.S.-Iraq confrontation in the Persian Gulf and the election of Bill Clinton, the first baby boom president.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the transformation of the U.S. from the industrial age to the information age and the subsequent changes in American society, including the roles of women, the family, the nature of jobs, and the new immigrants.

 

  

 

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