Advanced Placement United States History content
  • Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion

    Created October 6, 2010
    Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion: Washington

    Weigh the choices Washington faced in the nation’s first Constitutional crisis by following events through his private diary.

    James Madison, The First Amendment, and The Bill of Rights

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    "All power in human hands is liable to be abused." — James Madison

  • What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader: What are the Qualities of a Good Military Leader?

    Created September 13, 2010
  • Lincoln on the American Union: A Word Fitly Spoken

    Created July 21, 2010
  • Slavery and the American Founding: The "Inconsistency not to be excused"

    Created June 10, 2010

    This lesson will focus on the views of the founders as expressed in primary documents from their own time and in their own words. Students will see that many of the major founders opposed slavery as contrary to the principles of the American Revolution. Students will also gain a better understanding of the views of many founders, even those who owned slaves – including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – who looked forward to a time when slavery would no longer mar the American Republic.

    Bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Crisis at Fort Sumter

    An interactive historical simulation and decision-making program that reconstructs the dilemmas of policy formation and decision making in the period between Abraham Lincoln's election in November 1860 and the battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861.

    Constitution Day

    Celebrating the day the United States Constitution was signed, on September 17, 1787, and sent to the individual states for debate and ratification.

    painting of a man with knapsack walking over a bridge

    Antislavery Literature Project

    Primary source texts on the antislavery movement as well as podcasts and videos. Accompanied by teachers’ guides.

  • Boycotting Baubles of Britain

    Created December 22, 2009
    Boycotting Baubles of Britain-boston tea party

    This lesson looks at the changes in British colonial policies and the American resistance through the topic of tea, clothing, and other British goods. Students analyze and interpret key historical artifacts as well as visual and textual sources that shed light on how commodities such as tea became important symbols of personal and political identity during the years leading up to the formal Declaration of Independence in 1776.

  • Lesson 4: Abraham Lincoln, the 1860 Election, and the Future of the American Union and Slavery

    Created July 19, 2010
    Abraham Lincoln at the time of his historic debates with Stephen A. Douglas.

    This lesson plan will explore Abraham Lincoln's rise to political prominence during the debate over the future of American slavery. Lincoln's anti-slavery politics will be contrasted with the abolitionism of William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass and the "popular sovereignty" concept of U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas.