Advanced Placement United States History content
  • Inventing a New Republican Culture for America

    Created June 17, 2011
    Inventing a New Republican Culture

    After the American Revolution, the new citizens of the United States went about the daunting task of trying to construct a republican government and culture in the 1780s and 1790s. Americans looked to the ideal of republicanism as one of the key sources of their political and cultural institutions.

  • Celebrating Constitution Day

    Created June 7, 2011
    Image of forensic skeleton from the Parkman murder trial

    Murder on Beacon Hill: The Parkman Murder

    A gaming app based on an infamous murder in 19th-century Boston. A week before Thanksgiving, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of the richest men in Boston, went missing. Professor John Webster was arrested and put on trial for the murder. A superb history game.

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    U.S. State and Territory Online Encyclopedias

    This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, The Great Plains states, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wyoming and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam; updated regularly to ensure that they are accurate and accessible.

    Vicksburg, Mississippi falls to Union forces

    End of the siege of Vicksburg

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    July 4, 1863
    Opening image for the movie: Civil War cannon against sunset.

    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.