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.
Heller and Stacey. Documenting United States History. Bedford St. Martin's. 1st Edition, 2016.
Presidential Library Channels-
Charles C. Mann
Stephen E. Ambrose
Topical Video Studies:
The 70s (CNN)- Web or Online Only
The 80s (CNN)- Web or Online Only
Inside 9/11 (NatGeo)
David M. Kennedy
Gary B. Nash
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Period 1- 1491-1607:
Period 2- 1607-1754:
Period 3- 1754-1800:
Period 4- 1800-1848:
Period 5- 1844-1877:
Period 6- 1865-1898:
Period 7- 1890-1945:
* Modern Women Persuading Modern Men: The Nineteenth Amendment and the Movement for Woman Suffrage, 1916–1920
Period 8- 1945-1980:
* Dispatches from the Front: The Civil Rights Act and the Pursuit of Greater Freedom in a Small Southern City
Period 9- 1980-2016: