Advanced Placement United States History content
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The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns

Ken Burn's classic series, partially funded by NEH, will air nationally Sunday, April 3-Thursday, April 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. Check out EDSITEment's resources for teaching about the causes, the course, and the consquences of the war.

  • The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Escalation of the Vietnam War

    Created March 31, 2011
    Gulf of Tonkin: N. Vietnamese Gunboat

    In August 1964, a small military engagement off the coast of North Vietnam helped escalate the involvement of the United States in Vietnam; the Vietnam War would become the longest military engagement in American history prior to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

  • Lesson 4: Imperialism and the Open Door

    Created March 10, 2011
    Imperialism and the Open Door: John Hay

    In 1899 and 1900, Secretary of State John Hay issued what became known as the Open Door Notes to foreign powers involved in China. Secretary Hay called on those powers to respect the rights of each other, to agree to an open market and equal trading opportunities for merchants of all nationalities, and to respect the territorial and administrative integrity of China.

  • Lesson 3: The Matter of the Philippines

    Created March 10, 2011
    The Matter of the Philippines: Philippine Prisoners

    The treaty of peace ending the Spanish-American War resulted in the United States obtaining the Philippine Islands from Spain. Despite intense political opposition to the acquisition of the islands, the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty. The political impact of anti-imperialist arguments, the difficult experience of suppressing native Filipino resistance, and the lack of attractive opportunities for further territorial expansion, all effectively stalled the American imperialist/expansionist movement.

    Jimmy Carter

    Jimmy (James Earl) Carter

    On February 21, American Experience:

    Jimmy Carter's story is one of the greatest dramas in American politics. In 1980, he was overwhelmingly voted out of office in a humiliating defeat. Over the subsequent two decades, he became one of the most admired statesmen and humanitarians in America and the world.

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    Crafting Freedom

    Crafting Freedom Materials is a comprehensive NEH-funded resource on the African American experience during the antebellum period. For teachers of social studies, language arts, and other humanities subjects.

    Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan

    February 6, 2011 is the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. On February 7 and 14, PBS broadcasts a two-part biography of the 40th president of the United States. Learn more through this NEH-supported site.