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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You’re Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: College Credit, Here I Come!
Part II: Answering the Questions: Three Kinds, Three Strategies
Part III: Early U.S. History: From Dinosaurs to the Civil War
Part IV: U.S. History from After the Civil War tothe Days of the Internet
Part V: Practice Makes Perfect: Two Tests Plus the Answers
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
School Learning versus Test Prep
The Power of the College Board: What It Is and What It Does
Counting the Currency of College Credit
Putting Together Your AP Game Plan
Taking in the test basics
Moving on to actual history
Testing, testing, 1-2-3!
The Political, Economic, and Social (PES) Answer Secret
Applying politics
Understanding the impact of economy
Social history
PES-ing your way through multiple-choice andessays
How it all applies to the AP
How the Exam Is Graded
Score! What Does Your Grade Mean?
How Much Time Do You Have to Prepare?
Chapter 2
Grading the Way the AP Grades You
Converting letters to numbers
Nailing down a college’s credit policy
Scoping Out What’s Going to Be on the Test
Acing the facts that mean the most
Syncing your mind with the big test
Getting Ready for the Big Day
Building a winning study strategy
Planning out your timing
Bracing for test-induced panic
Taking Advantage of the Way You Learn Best
Studying by sight
Studying by sound
Studying through movement
Taking Advantage of School Resources
Streamlining Your Learning Outside Class
Cramming the Night Before May Not Help
Cooling Out Pretest Anxiety
Using progressive relaxation
Practicing deep breathing
Using Quiet Ears
Keeping Calm and Cool on the Big Day
Staying wide awake in AP land
Avoiding a multiple-choice panic
Tuning up at break time
Cruising with Shakespeare Jr. in Section II
Scoping Out the Multiple-Choice Question Troll
Looking out for hidden points
Paying close attention to the scoring
Periscope up: Watching out for tricky words
Going with what you know
Making historic eras your friend
Questioning illustrations
Beating the Clock for a Good Score
Why timing is golden
Pacing yourself to win
Using a marking trick for faster progress
Using Documents Like a Historian
Knowing the Criteria for Scoring Big on the DBQ
Practicing the DBQ
Sample Document-Based Question: The Reconstruction
Answering the Reconstruction DBQ
Nailing Down Your Timing
Meeting and Beating the Questions
Writing like a professor
PATting your PES dispenser
Knowing the Criteria for Scoring Big on the Essay Questions
Converting Questions to PAT Answers
Analyzing an essay question
Settling on your thesis
Planning the essay
Writing the essay
Checking out a sample essay
Wrapping up the essay plan
Early U.S. History: From Dinosaurs to the Civil War
Living on the Land: American Indians from 35,000 BCE to 1491 CE
Encountering the First Americans
35,000 years before Columbus
2,000 cultures
The Original Empires Were American Indian
Digging the Big Three cultures: Mayan, Incas, and Aztecs
End of an empire
Nothing Corny about Civilization Advancements
Charting American Indians in North America
Carrying Death in a Handshake
Uneven Gift Exchange
Europeans Settle into the New World
Finding the New World changes the whole world
Settling in with the Spanish and Portuguese
Getting colonial with the English
Establishing the Future States: The American Colonies
Pilgrims, Puritans, and Massachusetts: Leading the way
Freethinking Rhode Island
Connecticut comes to order
Dutch treat in New York and New Jersey
Quaking in Pennsylvania and Delaware
Merry Maryland
Smokin’ Virginia
Carolina, North and South
Reforming Georgia
Early Challenges to the New Colonies
American Indian troubles
Locals get together; England cracks the whip
Disease and money
Early rebellions
Slaves in the land of the free, Part I
New England living
Witches and religion
Stirring the Melting Pot: Population Expansion
The Scotch-Irish
Germans
Africans and the ongoing issue of slavery
Daily Life in the Colonies
Having a Chance at Success and Education
Poverty: Not as bad as in Britain, but bad enough
Education and vocations
Changing Attitudes toward Religion
Early Politics
Making Money in Colonial America
The triangular trade
Mercantilism
Dealing (or not dealing) with trade tension
Fighting All Over North America
Everybody was frontier fighting
The French and Indian War
The British halt Western expansion
The Colonies Become Fighting Mad
New thoughts about freedom
Stampin’ on the Stamp Act
The Boston Massacre
The Boston Tea Party
Gearing up for a revolution
Working Early Colonial History into Essay Subjects
You Say You Want a Revolution? Freedom and Change, 1776–1815
Power of the Pen: Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence
Britain versus the Patriots: The Fighting Escalates
Problems the British faced
Problems the patriots faced
Slaves: Fighting for both sides
Winning the American Revolution, in a Nutshell
Valley Forge and help from France
Cornwallis and losing morale
Victory and the Treaty of Paris
Designing a New Country
Separation of church and state
Early attempts to abolish slavery
Women’s gains and republican motherhood
Trade, industry, and economic democracy
Looking to make the country larger
Setting Down the Legal Foundation of a Nation
The Articles of Confederation
If the British have it, we don’t want it!
The states rebel
Hopeful in the Era of Good Feelings
Rough and Tumble: The United States Grows Up, 1816–1845
Manifestin’ Destiny
Manifesting on the AP exam
Hooking up Manifest Destiny to the big picture
Kick-Starting Political Action
The Presidential parade
The Marshall Court shows it’s supreme
Nobody’s Happy: Missouri Compromise of 1820
Keep Your Hands Off Our Hemisphere: The Monroe Doctrine
Ethnic Cleansing, American-Style: The Trail of Tears
Andy Jackson: Bringing Tough-Guy Democracy to Washington
Looking at the back story on Jackson
Just say no, no, nullification
Threatening to hang the vice president over tariffs
War on the Bank of the U.S
Embracing Modern Conveniences
Got me a job in the factory
Getting ahead 1.0
Cruising along canals
Churning the sea with steamships
Riding the rails
No guns necessary — it’s an industrial revolution
Slavery Grows with Cotton
Slavery becomes synonymous with power
Waking up to the evil
Early Emo: Feeling in Art, Education, and Belief
Advances in art and literature
Transcendentalism and the Second Great Awakening
Changing Lives with New Inventions
Producing in mass in factories
Making electricity useful: Telegraphs
Making Strides in Transportation
Traveling the long and winding road
Creating canals
Dealing with Social Change
Doing the right thing
Moving from farm to factory
Going to school: Public education and one-room schoolhouses
Expanding religious diversity
Earning Expanded Roles for Women
Gaining control of their own lives
Founding women’s rights
Watching the Arts Bloom
Stephen Foster and the American songbook
The rise of American literature
Understanding Early Ethnic Group Issues
The economics of slavery
Acquiring More Land for America
Sliding Closer to Civil War
Lincoln gets elected, and the South says goodbye
Fighting the Civil War
Emancipation and the Loss of Lincoln
Reconstruction: Rebuilding the USA in a Brand-New Way
Off to a bumpy start: The Radical Republicans
The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments
Women, former slaves, and the limits of freedom
Fighting against Reconstruction
Reconstruction comes to an end
Civil War General Turns President: Ulysses S. Grant
Living in the Gilded Age
America gets used to paper money
Immigration
Industrialization and the birth of labor unions
Increasing literacy
The impact of Charles Darwin
Censorship and women’s rights
The temperance movement gains strength
Workin’ on the Railroad
Moving Out West
The American Indians Get Crowded Out
Social Change in the Gilded Age Scramble
Separate but not equal
Dealing with change on the railroads
Progressing with the immigrants
Giving the women’s-rights movement a boost
Educating the population
Bicycles: Providing transportation for everyone
Arts and Entertainment, Late-19th-Century-Style
Literature leading to action
Artists and music
A Presidential Do-Si-Do
James Garfield, Chester Arthur, and William McKinley
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
The return of Grover Cleveland
Getting Down to Business
The rise of the millionaire businessman
North versus South in manufacturing and tobacco
Private enterprise and antitrust laws
Hard Times and Labor Unions
Hard times for farmers, too
Farmers’ “party” with laborers
Settling the West: The End of Wide-Open Spaces?
Pressure on American Indians
Helen Jackson’s Ramona
Backing Paper Money with Precious Metals
Being the Nicest Imperialist
Annexing Hawaii
Fighting the Spanish-American War
Rebelling against the idea of empire
Into the World, Ready or Not: 1900–1919
More Substitute Teacher than Cop: The U.S. in Asia
China and the Open Door Policy
The Boxer Rebellion
Rough Riding with the Teddy Bear
The rise of Teddy Roosevelt
The Big-Stick philosophy
Building the Panama Canal
The Roosevelt Corollary
Nativism and the Great White Fleet
Exposing the Shortcomings of Society
Muckraking becomes an art
Clearing away bad food
Charting progress with the Progressives
Implementing Roosevelt’s Square Deal
Preserving the American Wilderness
Roosevelt Gives Way to Taft and then Wilson
Trust-busting with William Howard Taft
Idealism with Woodrow Wilson
Progressing Internationally
World War I Begins
The sinking of the Lusitania
America marches to the Great War
Making war with noble intentions
Preparing for war
The role of women in the Great War
Food and drink (and Prohibition) at wartime
Entering the fight — reluctantly
The Great War ends — sort of
The peace that can’t hold
U.S. versus Communism: The Early Years
The Return of the Klan
Immigration Act of 1924
Bathtub Gin and a Little Sin: The Jazz Age
Prohibition: High demand and high crime
Sex in the city
Mass production and mass consumption
Cars and planes
Radio
The Harlem Renaissance
Movies and their influence
Flappers
Monkeying around with evolution
The power of the pen
Architecture
Major Money Shift: Signs of Trouble Ahead
Politics Lead to Depression
Calvin Coolidge: “Silent Cal” stands by
Herbert Hoover: Good intentions, bad mistakes
The Stock Market Crash of 1929
Bad news hits hard
Hoover is left holding the bag
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Helping the Country to a New Deal
Healing with an alphabet soup of agencies
Toughing It Out in the Dust Bowl
Depression-era Demagoguery
Backpedaling from the Brink of War
Conferring with words, deferring with action
Getting along with Latin America
Japan eyes the Philippines
Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act
Hitler and Mussolini (and sometimes Franco)
The Neutrality Acts
Watching the Flames of War Grow Higher
Britain and France take a stand
The U.S. takes a tentative step toward war
Hitler invades the Soviet Union
Japan attacks Pearl Harbor
Fighting to Win on the Home Front
The treatment of Japanese Americans
Production kicks off
The U.S. fights discrimination in defense industries
Minorities contribute in the armed forces
America finally recovers from the Depression
Following the Fight in the Pacific
Midway
Guadalcanal
Hunting Hitler in Europe
The British attack from the air
The Soviets fight back
The Allies advance: D-day and Normandy
Revealing the Horror of the Holocaust
The Japanese fight on
Doing Well but Feeling Nervous
Enjoying a victory bonus
The Taft-Hartley Act
Switching blue collars to white
The Employment Act
Roosevelt’s final New Deal: The GI Bill
Truman, the Unexpected President
Stepping into Icy Waters: Beginning the Cold War
Shifting from Allies to enemies
Renewing the sport of distrusting Communists
Starting the United Nations
The International Monetary Fund
Putting the final wraps on World War II
The National Security Act and NATO
Fretting over China
Growing Communist paranoia in the U.S
Senator Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism
Fighting in Korea
Stepping into the fray: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ending the Korean War
Liking Ike in the Prosperous 1950s
Doubling the middle class
Women in the workforce
Getting addicted to energy
The first computer
The ultimate cost of affluence
Changing politics under Ike
Continuing tensions with the U.S.S.R
Working for Civil Rights
Dixiecrats
Rosa Parks
Brown versus the Board of Education
The Civil Rights Commission
Sit-in demonstrations
Firing Up the Space Race with Sputnik
Castro: Communism Comes Closer to Home
Ushering in the 1960s with Kennedy
Kennedy: Progressing Under Cold War Clouds
Trouble in Cuba
Peace Corps
The Space Race
Kennedy in Berlin
First Steps Toward a European Union
The United States’ Role as World Cop
Trouble brewing in Vietnam
The Alliance for Progress
Linking up with the Soviet Union
The Supreme Court: Expanding Freedom and Responsibility
The Assassination of JFK
The Civil Rights Movement Hits a Crescendo
Taking a stand in Birmingham
Speaking for peace: Martin Luther King Jr
Separation versus integration
Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
From Reform to Quagmire with LBJ
Legislating for the Great Society
Women’s liberation
Medicare, Medicaid, and the 24th Amendment
Vietnam Explodes into Full-Scale War
Hard fighting in Vietnam
Protesting against the war
Losing heart after the Tet Offensive
LBJ bows out; Robert Kennedy is assassinated
Nixon, the Experienced One
Increasing the fight for peace
Protests get violent
China and the SALT talks
Nixon’s social programs
Pulling out of Vietnam
The War Powers Act
Watergate
Gerald Ford Steps In
Too-Good President Carter
The Iranian hostage crisis
Carter’s problems mount
Ronald Reagan and Reaganomics
Returning to the good old days with the neocons
Supporting military buildup
Turning back the clock on government regulation
Running up the trade deficit
Checkmating Communism
The Cold War reaches the freezing point
The U.S. flexes its military muscles
Mikhail Gorbechev
Iran-Contra and other problems
One Term of George H.W. Bush
The fall of the Soviet Union
Operation Desert Storm
Legislation under the elder Bush
Modern Democracy with Bill Clinton
The new rainbow America
Battling extremism
Contract with America
Reforming Welfare
Politics of the possible
Dogged by controversy
Practice Makes Perfect: Two Tests Plus the Answers
Section I: Multiple Choice
Section II: Free-Response Questions
Section I: Multiple-Choice
Part A: Document-Based Question
Part B and Part C
Practice Test 2: Cruising the Big AP toward Modern Times
Next Stop, America: Setting Up the Colonies
Colonizing for Fun and Profit
Getting Ready for a Revolution
U.S. Lite: The Confederation Leads to a Keeper Constitution
Andy Jackson, Democracy, and Manifest Destiny
My Rules or I’m Leaving: The Long Prequel to the Civil War
America Fighting Itself: Civil War Basics
The United States Becomes a Big Dog
The Reluctant Dragon: U.S. as World Power
U.S. Government as Guardian of the People
Establishing U.S. Diversity
Defining the American Identity
Creating American Culture
Demographics
Economics
Women’s Rights
Racial Equality
Reform
U.S. Relations with the World
Spirituality
Marbury versus Madison (1803)
McCulloch versus Maryland (1819)
Gibbons versus Ogden (1824)
West Coast Hotel Co. versus Parrish (1937)
Brown versus Board of Education (1954)
Gideon versus Wainwright (1963)
Griswold versus Connecticut (1965)
Miranda versus Arizona (1966)
Roe versus Wade (1973)
United States versus Nixon (1974)
Index
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AP U.S. History For Dummies

AP U.S. History For Dummies

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Getting ready to tackle the AP U.S. History exam? AP U.S.History For Dummies is a practical, step-by-step guide thatwill help you perfect the skills and review the knowledge you needto achieve your best possible score! Discover how to identify whatthe questions are really asking and find out how to combine yourhistory knowledge with context clues to craft thoughtful essays.Try your hand at two true-to-life AP exams, complete with detailedanswer explanations and scoring guides.

You’ll find out how to put together a game plan, develop astudy strategy, decode the Political – Economic –Social (PES) answer secret, and understand exactly what’sgoing to be on the stress. This easy-to-understand guide reviewsall periods of U.S. history, from the country’s earliestinhabitants to the present day. Ease your mind on stress day andfeel completely prepared by completing the two practice exams withanswers and explanations. Find out how to:

Prepare a study plan for the time leading up to the exam Decode your score and learn how to get the best score Put your knowledge to work Approach the different types of questions: multiple choice,document-based, and essay questions Navigate all exam topics, from the Native Americans to thepresent day Analyze and connect political, economic, and social themes Recognize trick words

Complete with lists of ten monster event topics AP wants you toknow, ten unstoppable cultural trends, and ten key court decisions,AP U.S. History For Dummies will help you ace thistest!

Getting ready to tackle the AP U.S. History exam? AP U.S.History For Dummies is a practical, step-by-step guide thatwill help you perfect the skills and review the knowledge you needto achieve your best possible score! Discover how to identify whatthe questions are really asking and find out how to combine yourhistory knowledge with context clues to craft thoughtful essays.Try your hand at two true-to-life AP exams, complete with detailedanswer explanations and scoring guides.

You’ll find out how to put together a game plan, develop astudy strategy, decode the Political – Economic –Social (PES) answer secret, and understand exactly what’sgoing to be on the stress. This easy-to-understand guide reviewsall periods of U.S. history, from the country’s earliestinhabitants to the present day. Ease your mind on stress day andfeel completely prepared by completing the two practice exams withanswers and explanations. Find out how to:

Prepare a study plan for the time leading up to the exam Decode your score and learn how to get the best score Put your knowledge to work Approach the different types of questions: multiple choice,document-based, and essay questions Navigate all exam topics, from the Native Americans to thepresent day Analyze and connect political, economic, and social themes Recognize trick words

Complete with lists of ten monster event topics AP wants you toknow, ten unstoppable cultural trends, and ten key court decisions,AP U.S. History For Dummies will help you ace thistest!

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