Advanced Placement United States History content
  • 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.

  • The Spanish–American War: WebQuest

    Created January 21, 2011
  • Lesson 1: The Question of an American Empire

    Created January 20, 2011
    The Question of American Empire: Albert Beveridge

    This lesson will introduce the students to the challenges of American foreign policy in the late 19th century and specifically to the political debate over whether the United States should acquire further territory and/or become a European-style empire.