Welcome to our AP US History class,
I have been teaching the AP US History course here at Dickinson High School for the past seven years. Each year there are students in this class who become successful in their attempt to earn college credit through the AP program in US History. In order to be successful in this class, you must develop strong college-level reading, writing, and study skills throughout the course. It is imperative for your success that you understand and follow the schedule. It is also a class where you must demonstrate that you can work with other gifted, talented, bright and driven students in a team-oriented atmosphere to secure a level of success. Most of the students who have had the class in the past will tell you that we write more than what you will in any other class, and that you will read more than what you will read in any other class, plus, that it is a full-time commitment to learning about American history.
The course is both rigorous and challenging. It is designed to prepare you for college history courses in the following places:  Stanford University, Rice University, the US Military Academy at West Point, Dartmouth College, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, or the University of Houston.
We study US History from the Pre-Columbian era to the present-day. In US History Studies, the course begins after the Civil War and the process of Reconstruction has ended, so our course is much more comprehensive. Compared to a dual-credit class, which is primarily lecture-based, the course will go into much greater depth and detail about the subtleties and nuances that are to be found in studying our nation's past. The course will study the history of our nation from a multiplicity of points of view, plus, it will have a tremendous emphasis on the development of higher-college-level reading, writing and research skills as we study each unit. 
This website will be available to you all throughout the course, and it is a repository for you to be able to access your assignments, class tips, videos, lectures, essays and articles which you will read, analyze, and evaluate throughout the school year. You will visit the assignments and reviews page each and every day of the course and it is important for your success that you do so. If you have any questions or, problems accessing a link that is necessary for your success in the course, do not hesitate to let me know what issue you may have so that we can fix the problem for the benefit of everyone in the course. 
Best wishes- Coach Long  

AP US History

In our AP US History class we will use the following materials:

Note- Each icon of a book, video, or website is also a link where you can access more information from either Amazon- to be able to purchase a text or video series. Keep in my mind that iTunes, Netflix and Hulu also provide these services if you do not wish to purchase a DVD. Also, if and where I can do so, I will provide students with free Youtube or web-based opportunities.


Locke and Wright. The American Yawp, Volumes I and II. Stanford University Press. 1st Edition, 2019.


Irish. Historical Thinking Skills- A Workbook for US History. W.W. Norton and Company. 1st Edition, 2015.

Ancillary Reader-

Heller and Stacey. Documenting United States History. Bedford St. Martin's. 1st Edition, 2016.


The Gilder-Lerhman History Site for AP US History

The American Heritage Website

The History Channel


US- Digital History- the University of Houston

Digital History-- Teacher Lesson Plans

YouTube Channels-

The National Archives

The Library of Congress

The National Constitution Center

The C-Span Channel

The Madison Foundation
The W.W. Norton History Channel

US History- Crash Course Web Videos

Jocz Productions- APUSH Channel

Presidential Library Channels-

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

FDR Presidential Library

Truman Presidential Library

Eisenhower Presidential Library

JFK Presidential Library

LBJ Presidential Library

Nixon Presidential Library

Ford Presidential Library

Carter Presidential Library

Reagan Presidential Library

Bush I- Presidential Library

Clinton Presidential Library

Bush II- Presidential Library

College Lectures-

Charles C. Mann

a. Historian- Charles C. Mann- "1491- Rewriting the History Before Columbus."

b. Historian- Charles C. Mann- "1492- Before and After."

Gordon Wood

a. Brown University- Gordon Wood's Lecture- "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic."

b. Brown University- Gordon Wood's Lecture- "George Washington: The Man."

c. Brown University- Gordon Wood's Lecture- "What Made the Founders Different."

d. Brown University- Gordon Wood's Lecture-"The Making of the US Consitution."

Eric Foner

a. Columbia University- Eric Foner's Lecture Series- I (1850-1861)

b. Columbia University- Eric Foner's Lecture Series- II (1861-1865)

c. Columbia University- Eric Foner's Lecture Series- III (1865-1890)

Alan Brinkley

a. Columbia University- Lecture- "FDR."

b. Columbia University- Lecture- "JFK."

Douglas Brinkley

a. Rice University- Lecture- "Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America."

b. Rice University- Lecture-"Jack Kerouac's America."

c. Rice University- Lecture- "The Nixon Tapes."

Joseph Ellis

a. Historian- Lecture- "The Quartet."

b. Historian- Lecture- "Orchestrating the Second American Revolution."

c. Historian- Lecture- "The Birth Of American Independence."

d. Historian- Lecture- "Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence."

e. Historian- Lecture- "Organizing America After Revolution."

f. Historian- Lecture-"John and Abigail Adams."

Stephen E. Ambrose

a. The University of New Orleans- Lecture- "The Men of World War II."

Frederik Logevall

a. Cornell University- Lecture- "The Real Lesson of the Vietnam War."

b. Cornell University- Lecture- "The Meaning of the Vietnam War."

c. Cornell University- Lecture- "Embers of War: Why Were We in Vietnam?"

d. Cornell University- Lecture- "Why Vietnam? Explaining the War."

e. Cornell University- Lecture- "Structure, Contingency, and the Vietnam War."

f. Cornell University- Lecture- "American Exceptionalism."

James McPherson

a. Princeton University- Lecture- "Why Men Fought in the Civil War."

b. Princeton University-Lecture- "Why the Civil War Still Matters."

Annette Gordon-Reed

a. Harvard University- Lecture- "The Contradictions of Thomas Jefferson."

b. Harvard University- Lecture- "Without Cover of the Law: Writing the History of Enslaved Women."

c. Harvard University- Lecture- "The Legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Abolitionist Movement."

d. Harvard University- Lecture- "Our Founders' Constitution."

e. Harvard University- Lecture- "Re-interpreting Slavery: New Scholarly Approaches."

f. Harvard University- Lecture- "Black Citizenship and the American Experiment: The Continuing Quest."

g. Harvard University- Lecture- "The American Mind- Slavery and Race in the U.S."

Don Hickey

a. Wayne State College- Lecture- "What We Know Ain't So- Myths of the War of 1812."


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Video Series: 


America: The Story of Us (The History Channel) 

The Century: America's Time (ABC News)

The Presidents (The History Channel)

The American Experience (PBS)

Topical Video Studies:

America Before Columbus (NatGeo)

500 Nations- The Story of the Native Americans (PBS)

Liberty! -The American Revolution (PBS)

The West (PBS)

The Civil War (PBS)

The Men Who Built America (The History Channel)

The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait (PBS)

The War (PBS)

The 60s (CNN)

Vietnam in HD (The History Channel)

Dick Cavett- Vietnam (PBS)

Dick Cavett- Watergate (PBS)

The 70s (CNN)- Web or Online Only

The 80s (CNN)- Web or Online Only

Inside 9/11 (NatGeo)

The New York Times- Web Video Collection

The Washington Post- Web Video Collection

College Lectures-

H.W. Brands

a. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- "What Makes a President Great."

b. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- "How the Rich Got Rich- The Gilded Age in America."

c. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- "Andrew Jackson and the Troubled Birth of American Democracy."

d. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- "Reagan: A Life."

e. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- "American Ulysses- The Journey of General Grant."

f. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- "American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900."

g. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- "Reagan, Gorbachev, and the Cold War."

h. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- "We’re All Wilsonians, Whether We Like It or Not.”

i. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- “Lincoln and Grant: Achieving the Peace.”

j. The University of Texas at Austin- Lecture- "What FDR Can Teach Obama and the Rest of Us."

David M. Kennedy

a. Stanford University- Lecture- "What We Can Learn From the Great Depression Experience."

b. Stanford University- Lecture- "The Great Depression: Causes, Impact, and the Consequences."

c. Stanford University- Lecture- "America in World War II."

d. Stanford University- Lecture- "A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won World War II."

e. Stanford University- Lecture- "The Influence of the Reconstruction Amendments."

Gary B. Nash

a. The University of California at Los Angeles- Lecture- "The Founding Fathers and Slavery."

Ron Chernow

a. Historian- Lecture- "Hamilton: From History to Drama."

b. Historian- Lecture- "Hamilton: The Man and the Play."

c. Historian- Lecture- "George Washington."

Jon Meacham

a. Historian- Lecture- "Andrew Jackson."

b. Historian- Lecture- "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power."

c. Historian- Lecture- "Destiny and Power- The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush."

David Nasaw

a. Historian- Lecture- "The Churchills and the Kennedys."

b. Historian- Lecture- "Andrew Carnegie."

c. Historian- Lecture- "Robber Barons or Captains of Industry."

TJ Stiles

a. Historian- Lecture- "Cornelius Vanderbilt: The First Tycoon."

David McCullough

a. Historian- Lecture- "John Adams."

b. Historian- Lecture- "Americans in Paris."

c. Historian- Lecture- "The Wright Brothers."

d. Historian- Lecture- "John Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman."

e. Historian- Lecture- "The American Story."

f. Historian- Lecture- "1776."

Doris Kearns Goodwin

a. Historian- Lecture- "Abraham Lincoln- A Team of Rivals."

b. Historian- Lecture- "Roosevelt and Taft- The Bully Pulpit."

Carol Berkin

a. Baruch College- Lecture- "Women in the Struggle for American Independence."

b. Baruch College- Lecture- "Civil War Wives."

c. Baruch College- Lecture- "The Beginning of the Bill of Rights."

d. Baruch College- Lecture- "The Revolutionary Transformation of Women."

Sean Wilentz

a. Princeton University- Lecture- "The Politicians and the Egalitarians."

Ira Berlin

a. The University of Maryland- Lecture- "The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations."

b. The University of Maryland- Lecture- "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery."

David Blight

a. Yale University- Lecture Series- "The Civil War and Reconstruction."

David Pietrusza

a. Historian- Lecture- "1920: The Year of 6 Presidents."

b. Historian- Lecture- "Calvin Coolidge."

c. Historian- Lecture- "1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR-Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny."

d. Historian- Lecture- 1948: "Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America."

e. Historian- Lecture- "1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon."

Web Essays: 
Period 1- 1491-1607:
* Imperial Rivalries
* The Columbian Exchange
* The Americas to 1620
Period 2- 1607-1754:
* The Puritans and Dissent
* The Origins of Slavery
* Lockean Liberalism and the American Revolution
* Jamestown and the Founding of English America
* Colonization and Settlement 1585-1763
Period 3- 1754-1800:
* The New Nation
* The Indians War of Independence
* The Meaning of Yorktown
* The American Revolution, 1763-1783
* The Legal Status of Women, 1776-1830
* The Righteous Revolution of Mercey Otis Warren
* Unruly Americans in the Revolution
* The Supreme Court- Then and Now
Period 4- 1800-1848:
* Andrew Jackson and the Constitution
* Women and the Early Industrial Revolution in the United States
* Adams vs. Jackson and the Election of 1824
* National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860
* Born Modern: An Overview of the West
* Andrew Jackson's Shifting Legacy
* Indian Removal
* The Presidential Election of 1800
* Abolition and Antebellum Reform
* The First Age of Reform
Period 5- 1844-1877:
* Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Matter of Influence
* Lincoln's Interpretation of the Civil War
* The Contentious Election of 1876
* Allies for Emancipation: Abolitionists and Lincoln
* The Seneca Falls Convention and Women's Suffrage
* Reconstruction and Women's Suffrage
* The Underground Railroad and the Coming of the Civil War
* Abraham Lincoln and Jacksonian Democracy
* Transcendentalism and Social Reform
* The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Period 6- 1865-1898:
* Populism and Agrarian Discontent
* Rethinking Hucklberry Finn
* The Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900
* Financing the Transcontinental Railroad
* Women and the Progressive Movement
* Labor Day: From the Protests to Picnics
* The Gilded Age in America
* The Development of the West
* The Indians and the Transcontinental Railroad
* Entrepreneurs and Bankers: The Evolution of Corporate Empires
* Immigration and Migration
Period 7- 1890-1945:
* The Progressive Era and the New Era, 1900-1929
* The Square Deal: Theodore Roosevelt and the Themes of Progressive Reform
* Modern Women Persuading Modern Men: The Nineteenth Amendment and the Movement for Woman Suffrage, 1916–1920
* World War I
* The World War II- Home Front
* The Politics of Reform
* World War II
* The Great Depression
* The US Banking System- Origin, Development and Regulation
* The Roaring Twenties
* The Boxer Rebellion and the United States- The US and China
* Jim Crow and the Great Migration
* The 100 Days and Beyond- What did the New Deal Accomplish?
* Immigrant Fiction- Exploring An American Identity 
* The New Deal
Period 8- 1945-1980:
* “People Get Ready”: Music and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s
* The Korean War
* The Fifties
* The Civil Rights Movement
* The Sixties
* Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy
* Dispatches from the Front: The Civil Rights Act and the Pursuit of Greater Freedom in a Small Southern City
* The Catcher in the Rye: The Voice of Alienation
* Everyone’s Backyard: The Love Canal Chemical Disaster
* The Sixties and Protest Music
* Anti-Communism in the 1950s
* Postwar Politics and the Cold War
* The Vietnam War and the My Lai Massacre
* Cold War, Warm Hearth
* Iran and the United States in the Cold War
* Civil Rights Leadership and the 1964 Civil Rights Act 
Period 9- 1980-2016:
* Pop Music and the Spatialization of Race in the 1990s
* 1945 to the Present
* Ronald Reagan and the End of the Cold War: The Debate Continues
* The Age of Reagan
* The Election of 2000
* Globalizing Protest in the 1980s: Musicians Collaborate to Change the World
* A More Perfect Union? Barack Obama and the Politics of Unity
* September 11, 2001
* Economic Policy through the Lens of History
* Disasters and the Politics of Memory
Gilder Lehrman-- Video Unit Guides and Reviews Link