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The casual observer could be excused for believing that the defeat of the Axis Powers would lead to a period of peace and harmony and a worldwide singalong to “Kumbaya.” Alas, President Truman and his successor, President Eisenhower, had to navigate the challenges of the early years of the Cold War instead. Boomers! The Red Scare! Witch hunts! HUAC! McCarthy! Suspected communists everywhere! Add to that the continued marginalization of women and African Americans and you have the recipe for a turbulent time. But due to the booming American economy and the expanded opportunities for veterans thanks to the GI Bill, this period provides an example of continuity in which the benefits of a strong economy were not distributed equally among all Americans. This study guide covers the early years of the Cold War (1945-1961), from APUSH Period 8. Flashcards cover not just the definition, but also causes, effects, and significance for each term. Our practice test pairs primary documents and historical images with tough multiple-choice questions that will put your close reading skills to the test. Learn more…
America entered World War II mid-stream, after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. But we were no ordinary Johnny-come-lately — we quickly proved our value in the fight through our military might, leadership, and the unprecedented productivity of our wartime economy. This AP U.S. History study guide covers key WWII battles and tactics, important leaders and alliances, the labor force, and unsung heroes like the women and minorities who stepped up to help the Allies defeat the Axis powers. This guide also covers wartime atrocities such as the atomic bomb, concentration camps, and Japanese internment camps. Our flashcards cover not just the definition, but also the causes, effects, and lasting significance of each term. Our practice test pairs primary documents, images, and charts with tough multiple-choice questions like those you’ll see on the APUSH exam. This guide covers America’s involvement in the Second World War (1941-1945), from APUSH Period 7. Learn more…
World War I may have been dubbed “the war to end all wars,” but totalitarian dictators in Germany, Italy, and Japan took “Hold my beer, bro!” to the ultimate destructive extreme. In the lead-up to World War II, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Emperor Hirohito decided that rather than follow the credo of “live and let live,” they would invade foreign nations and terrorize their citizens. To make matters worse, Britain’s prime minister Neville Chamberlain followed a policy of appeasement, making the acquisition of territory by the Germans easier than Hitler could have imagined. When Hitler finally invaded Poland, the British and French governments could no longer ignore the dangers that existed in Europe and declared war against Germany. Thus began World War II. In this APUSH Period 7 study guide, explore the leaders and the diplomatic strategies and alliances they developed to pursue their national interests in the years leading to America’s entrance into World War II (1933-1941). Learn about the conflicts in Spain to China and investigate the legislation passed by the United States government determined to avoid war, as well as the adjustments the government needed to make when entering the war became inevitable. Check it out!
The excitement of the Roaring ’20s ended abruptly with the Stock Market Crash of 1929. During the height of the economic turmoil of the Great Depression, one of every four men were unemployed and when President Hoover was unwilling to apply federally funded solutions to the depression, he lost in one of the greatest landslide defeats during the election of 1932. The new president took a completely different approach to the failing economy. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal injected much needed capital into the American economy and reduced unemployment through the federally funded job agencies. Much of Roosevelt’s success was based on the blank check Congress gave him to fund his programs. Still, some of the president’s plans were undone by Supreme Court decisions. This study guide from APUSH Period 7 covers the people, agencies, and legislation that were a part federal government’s response to the most devastating financial period in American history. This guide includes in-depth flashcards addressing not just definitions but also the causes, effects, and significance of the topics covered. Our challenging practice test gets you in the habit of reading closely and analyzing images to answer tough multiple-choice questions, just like you will be on the AP US History Exam. See more…
The Roaring ’20s was a manic decade in which Americans embraced mass consumerism, danced the jitterbug at speakeasies, and coined ridiculous slang that makes “Hundo P” look downright scholarly. The stock market was soaring, communists were on the run, and international responsibilities were ignored. Learn all about it in this study guide which features in-depth flashcards addressing not just definitions but also the causes, effects, and significance of the topics covered. Our challenging practice test gets you in the habit of reading closely and analyzing images to answer tough multiple-choice questions, skills you’ll need to succeed on the APUSH Exam. See more…
The Progressive Era: A time when a new spirit of reform united many Americans, stirred by journalistic exposés by truth-seeking muckrakers and inspired by steadfast belief in the ability of science and technology and facts to help alleviate societal problems. The period was marked by new laws to protect workers, consumers, and the environment. Strides were also made in social, educational, and economic advancements for African Americans and women (baby steps, but steps nonetheless). This study guide includes in-depth flashcards addressing not just definitions but also the causes, effects, and significance of the topics covered. Our challenging practice test gets you in the habit of reading closely and analyzing images to answer tough multiple-choice questions, just like you will on the APUSH Exam. Check it out!
Dive deep into the economic and social issues of the Gilded Age. Expand upon your late nineteenth century historical knowledge by learning more about the forces that were employed to repress the American people and the reform movement that was employed to dignify the condition of the common man (and woman). Agonize over the strife that plagued hard-working Americans who suffered through the economic Panic of 1873 and courageously challenged the power of the titans of industry as well as the United States government. This study guide includes in-depth flashcards addressing not just definitions but also the causes, effects, and significance of the topics covered. Our challenging practice test gets you in the habit of reading closely and analyzing images to answer tough multiple-choice questions, just like you will on the APUSH Exam. Check it out!
The Gilded Age was a period of immense wealth and desperate poverty. During most of this period the federal government allowed businessmen free reign to do as they pleased. This laissez-faire approach to the economy was met with great rejoicing by robber barons who accumulated vast fortunes. By applying virtually every dirty trick in the book, these captains of industry claimed that their success could be traced to Social Darwinism and congratulated themselves for preserving their legacy through the Gospel of Wealth. With all of this self promoting, they still had time to be critical of reformers who participated in the settlement house movement and those who believed in the Social Gospel. This study guide includes in-depth flashcards addressing not just definitions but also the causes, effects, and significance of the topics covered. Our challenging practice test gets you in the habit of reading closely and analyzing images to answer tough multiple-choice questions, just like you will on the APUSH Exam. See more…
Reconstruction: A time of immense promise that turned to bitter disappointment for America’s newly liberated slaves. Federal efforts to improve the economic and social conditions for freedmen (such as the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments and the Civil Rights Act of 1875) were stymied at every turn by racist white Southerners desperate to maintain their dominance over the black population. The phrase “systemic racism” becomes more than just a theoretical notion when you learn how black codes and Jim Crow laws enforced segregation and denied African Americans the rights to which they were entitled. Read about the lasting damage inflicted on blacks through institutions like sharecropping, lynching, the KKK, and even the Supreme Court in its decision that segregation was acceptable (Plessy v. Ferguson). Fair warning: Reconstruction was not America’s finest hour. Check it out!
The Civil War was more than just mutton chops ‘n muskets or North vs. South. It was the bloody manifestation of a deep philosophical divide over slavery that nearly destroyed American democracy. Learn about the strategies, policies, and conditions that led a poorly trained and unprepared Union army to ultimately defeat Confederate forces through a war of attrition. Understand how Lincoln’s calculated responses to foreign and domestic threats as well as his implementation of the tactics of total war led the Union to victory. This study guide covers the major figures and events of the Civil War (from APUSH Period 5, 1861-1865). Our study sets dive deep into key concepts, people, and events — covering not just definitions, but also causes, effects, and significance. Our Civil War practice test pairs primary documents and images with tough multiple-choice questions like the ones you’ll see on the real AP US History Exam — like the sample question below. Learn more…
You may think that raising one’s fist to the sky and triumphantly shouting “’MERICA!” is a relatively recent phenomenon in American history. Not so. We’ve been like this SINCE BEFORE OUR NATION WAS EVEN BORN. Early colonists believed in manifest destiny, the notion that God ordained that Americans should control all the land on this continent between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Early Americans used the notion of American exceptionalism as an excuse for many questionable actions, including justifying slavery and the forced relocation of Indian cultures. In this study guide, explore the conflicts over America’s expansion into northern Mexico (Texas), the Mexican Cession (including California), and the Oregon territory. Dive into popular sovereignty, various legislative compromises, and the intensifying sectional conflict that led to the Civil War. Take me there.
This study guide covers American reform movements in the years 1800-1850, from APUSH Period 4. Learn about the people and organizations advocating for abolitionism, temperance, suffrage, education reform, and improved treatment of the mentally ill. Understand how the Second Great Awakening influenced reformers and how Transcendentalism influenced the formation of America’s unique national identity. Our expert-written flashcards go beyond simple definitions and explain the causes, effects, and significance of the people, places, and events of this era. Our practice test pairs primary documents and images with challenging multiple-choice questions to sharpen your close reading and critical thinking skills. Take me there.
Market Revolution, Era of Good Feelings, Jacksonian Democracy | APUSH Period 4 Flashcards and Practice Test
This APUSH study guide dives deep on the Market Revolution (including the Industrial Revolution, Transportation Revolution, and American System), a time when innovations and inventions turned America from super rustic to somewhat less rustic). This guide also covers the Monroe Doctrine, the so-called Era of Good Feelings (spoiler alert: feelings were hurt), and Jacksonian “Democracy” (the quotes are a hint that that word means something different than he thought it did). Expert-written flashcards help you understand not just terms and definitions, but also causes, effects, and significance of the major players, concepts, and events in the years 1800-1840 (APUSH Period 4). Our practice tests pair primary documents and images with tough multiple-choice questions that challenge your close reading and critical thinking skills. Buckle up, this era is a wild ride! Take me there.
This study guide covers early American domestic policy under the presidencies of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson (from APUSH Period 4). Learn about their efforts to stabilize the U.S. economy in the infancy of our democracy, all while debates raged on about the ideal balance of power between the federal and state governments. Our expert-written flashcards go beyond simple definitions and explain the causes, effects, and significance of the people, places, and events of this era. Our practice test pairs primary documents and images with challenging multiple-choice questions to sharpen your close reading and critical thinking skills. Learn more here.
American Foreign Policy Under Washington, Adams, Jefferson & Madison | APUSH Period 4 Flashcards and Practice Tests
Dive deep on the most critical aspects of early United States foreign policy under our first four presidents. Learn about the fledgling American government’s efforts to convince European nations to respect its sovereignty and treat it as an equal on the world economic stage (spoiler alert: it didn’t always work…until it did).
- George Washington: Revolutionary troublemaker, military genius, Founding Father, first president of the United States, and future face of the $1 bill. Is there anything he couldn’t do? Abide by our end of the Franco-American Alliance, for one. Convince Britain and France to respect American sovereignty, for another. Fully prevent our nation from “entangling alliances”, for a third. Such was America’s isolationist foreign policy under Washington…
- John Adams: America’s second president wasn’t exactly a foreign policy darling. He responded to the XYZ Affair and the Quasi-War with France not with military or diplomatic actions, but by signing laws that delayed immigrants’ right to vote (Naturalization Act), authorized the deportation of immigrants from nations at war with the U.S. (Alien Enemies Act), and made it illegal to criticize the government (Sedition Act). No wonder he didn’t get a second term…
- Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the U.S., but the first one who stood up to PIRATES and refused the grand tradition of paying them off to let American merchant ships sail unmolested through the Mediterranean. Jefferson had a lot on his plate, foreign policy-wise, what with Napoleon stirring up wars at every turn, Britain forcing American sailors into service in its Royal Navy (“impressing” meant something different back then), and unsuccessful embargoes left and right. It wasn’t all bad news though: Under Jefferson, the U.S. nearly doubled in size thanks to the Louisiana Purchase…
- James Madison: Father of the Constitution, political thinker, statesman, lawyer, husband of Dolley. Oh, and fourth president of the United States. Learn all about this Founding Father’s impact on early American foreign policy, from the diplomatic, military, and economic messes he inherited from his predecessors to his attempts to right the ship of state (hello, War of 1812!).
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The American Revolution & The Early Years of the Republic | APUSH Period 3 Flashcards and Practice Tests
Master the most critical content from Period 3 of the APUSH curriculum. This guide covers 1775-1800, starting with the colonists’ early struggles in the Revolutionary War, key battles, and turning points that ultimately led the Americans to victory. Learn about our early government under the Articles of Confederation and the compromises necessary to ratify the new Constitution. Click here for details.
This study guide covers crucial content from APUSH Period 2 and Period 3 of the AP U.S. History curriculum, focusing on the lead-up to the American Revolution. Material from Period 2 (up to 1754) includes colonial politics and economics, slavery, and contextualization of the events and thinking that contributed to the American Revolution. Content from Period 3 (1754-1776) covers the increasingly strained relationship between the colonists and the British, culminating in the Declaration of Independence and the days leading up to the Revolutionary War. This study guide is perfect for all AP US History students who want to learn how to get an A in the course or how to score a 5 on the APUSH Exam. Click here for details.
Get your APUSH studies off to a strong start. This guide will help you master the most critical content from Period 1 and Period 2 of the AP U.S. History course curriculum. Period 1 (1491-1607) covers migration, settlement patterns, and the effects of early European contact, specifically with the Spanish. Period 2 (1607-1754) covers colonization patterns among the English and French and their relationships with native societies. Find out more.