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1607-1763: Colonial Period

1763-1787: Revolutionary War and Constitutional Period

1787-1815: Federalist Period, Jeffersonian Era, and Era of Good Feelings

1824-1850: Jacksonian Democracy, Social Reforms, and Manifest Destiny

1850-1876: Civil War and Reconstruction

1862-1900: Gilded Age, Populism, and Expansionism

1900-1917: Progressivism

1916-1929: World War I and the Roaring Twenties

1920-1945: New Deal and World War II

1945-1960: Cold War

1960-1980s: Modern America

 

1607-1763: Colonial Period

AP 2006 Analyze the differences between the Spanish settlements in the Southwest and the English colonies in New England in the seventeenth century in terms of TWO of the following:

AP 2003 Compare the ways in which TWO of the following reflected tensions in colonial society.

AP 2002 Compare the ways in which religion shaped the development of colonial society (to 1740) in TWO of the following regions:

AP 2002 (Alternate) Analyze the impact of the Atlantic trade routes established in the mid 1600s on the economic development in the British North American colonies. Consider the period 1650-1750.

AP 2001 How did the economic, geographic, and social factors encourage the growth of slavery as an important part of the economy of the southern colonies between 1607 and 1775?

AP 2000 Analyze the cultural and economic responses of two of the following groups to the Indians of North America before 1750.

AP 1998 Analyze the extent to which religious freedom existed in the British North American colonies prior to 1700.

AP 1995 For the period before 1750, analyze the ways in which Britain's policy of salutary neglect influenced the development of American society as illustrated in the following: [1] legislative assemblies, [2] commerce, [3] religion.

AP 1994 Analyze the ways in which TWO of the following influenced the development of American society.

AP 1993 (DBQ) Although New England and the Chesapeake region were both settled largely by people of English origin, by 1700 the regions had evolved into two distinct societies. Why did this difference in development occur? Use the documents AND your knowledge of the colonial period up to 1700 to develop your answer.

AP 1990 "Throughout the Colonial period, economic concerns had more to do with settling of British North America than did religious concerns." Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to economic and religious concerns.

AP 1987 "Britain's wars for empire, far more than its mercantilist policies, dictated the economic fortunes of Britain's North American colonies in the eighteenth century." Assess the validity of this statement.

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1763-1787 Revolutionary War and Constitutional Period

AP 2003 Evaluate the extent to which the Articles of Confederation were effective in solving the problems that confronted the new nation.

AP 2003 Alternate Although the power of the national government increased during the early republic, this development often faced serious opposition. Compare the motives and effectivness of those opposed to the growing power of the national government in TWO of the following:

AP 1999 DBQ To what extent had the colonists developed a sense of their identity and unity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution? Use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1750 to 1776.

AP 1997 Analyze the extent to which the American Revolution represented a radical alteration in American political ideas and institutions. Confine your answer to the period 1775 to 1800.

AP 1996 Analyze the degree to which the Articles of Confederation provided an effective form of government with respect to any TWO of the following:

AP 1992 Evaluate the relative importance of the following as factors prompting Americans to rebel in 1776:

AP 1989 “In the two decades before the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, a profound shift occurred in the way many Americans thought and felt about the British government and their colonial governments.” Assess the validity of this statement in view of the political and constitutional debates of these decades.

AP 1988 “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation, all having, in direct object, the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states.” Evaluate this accusation made against George III in the Declaration of Independence.

AP 1986 “Despite the view of some historians that the conflict between Great Britain and its thirteen North American colonies was economic in origin, in fact the American Revolution had its roots in politics in other areas of American life.” Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1985 DBQ From 1781 to 1789, the Articles of Confederation provided the United States with an effective government. Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, evaluate this statement.

Possible After 1763, in the face of recurring crisis (problems), the colonists slowly developed a theory of political independence. Describe these recurring problems and explain how they led the colonists to develop their theory of political independence.

Possible The Declaration of Independence issued a call for a democratic government of equal citizens which was rejected by the writers of the Constitution who created an aristocratic government which benefited only the wealthy few. Evaluate this statement.

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1787-1815 Federalist Period, Jeffersonian Era, and Era of Good Feelings

AP 2002 Analyze the contributions of TWO of the following in helping establish a stable government after the adoption of the Constitution.

AP 2002 DBQ Alternate Historians have traditionally labeled the period after the War of 1812 “Era of Good Feelings.” Evaluate the accuracy of this label, considering the mergence of nationalism and sectionalism. Use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1815-1825 to construct your answer.

AP 1998 DBQ With respect to the federal Constitution, the Jeffersonian Republicans are usually characterized as strict constructionists who were opposed to the broad constructionism of the Federalists. To what extent was this characterization of the two parties accurate during the presidencies of Jefferson and Madison? In your answer, use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1901-1817.

AP 1997 Analyze the extent to which the American Revolution represented a radical alteration in American political ideas and institutions. Confine your answers to the period 1775 to 1800.

AP 1997 Discuss the impact of territorial expansion on national unity between 1800 and 1850.

AP 1994 Evaluate the relative importance of domestic and foreign affairs in shaping American politics in the 1700s.

AP 1993 Compare the expansionist foreign policies of President Thomas Jefferson and James K. Polk. To what extent did their policies strengthen the United States?

AP 1991 The Bill of Rights did not come from a desire to protect the liberties won in the American Revolution, but rather from a fear of the powers of the new federal government. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1984 What evidence is there for the assertion that basic principles of the Constitution were firmly grounded in the political and religious experiences of America's colonial and revolutionary periods?

AP 1977 (DBQ) The debate over the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 revealed bitter controversies on a number of issues. Discuss the issues involved and explain why these controversies developed.

Possible Why were political parties formed in the New Nation? Why were the major differences among political parties in the years 1791-1820?

Possible The government under the Articles of Confederation has been considered a failure. Describe three actions of the Confederation government and explain how they may or may not be considered failures.

Possible Each of the following individuals expressed strong opinions concerning the policies of the new nation. What opinions were expressed by two of the following? Of the two, whose opinions had the greatest impact on the new nation?

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1824-1850 Jacksonian Democracy, Social Reforms, and Manifest Destiny

AP 2003 In what ways did the developments in transportation bring about economic and social change in the United States in the period 1820 to 1860?

AP 2003 Alternate Although the power of the national government increased during the early republic, this development often faced serious opposition. Compare the motives and effectiveness of those who opposed the growing power of the national government in TWO of the following.

AP 2002 "Reform movements in the United States sought to expand democratic ideals." Assess the validity of this sttement with specific reference to the years 1825-1850.

AP 2001 The Jacksonian Period (1824-1845) has been celebrated as the era of the "common man". To what extent did the period live up to its characterization? Consider TWO of the following in your response:

AP 2000 Assess the moral arguments and political actions of those opposed to the spread of slavery in the context of two of the following.

AP 1999 How did TWO of the following contribute to the reemergence of a two party system in the period 1820 to 1840?

AP 1997 Discuss the impact of territoral expansion on national unity between 1800 and 1850.

AP 1996 Analyze the extent to which TWO of the following influenced the development of democracy between 1820 and 1840

AP 1995 Analyze the ways in which supporters of slavery in the nineteenth century used legal religious, and economic arguments to defend the institution of slavery.

AP 1993 Compare the expansionist foreign policies of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James K. Polk. To what extent did their policies strengthen the United States?

AP 1993 In what ways did the early nineteenth-century reform movements for abolition and women’s rights illustrate both the strengths and the weaknesses of democracy in the early American republic.

AP 1992 (DBQ) To what extent did the natural environment shape the development of the West beyond the Mississippi and the lives of those who lived and settled there? How important were other factors? Use both evidence form documents and your knowledge of the period from the 1840’s through the 1890’s to compose your answer.

AP 1992Compare the debates that took place over the American expansionism in the 1840s with those that took place in the 1890s, analyzing the similarities and differences in the debates of the two areas.

AP 1991 Although historically represented as distinct parties, the Federalists and Whigs in fact shared a common political ideology, represented many of the same interest groups, and proposed similar programs and policies. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1991 From the 1840’s through the 1890’s, women’s activities in the intellectual, social, economic, and political spheres effectively challenged traditional attitudes about women’s place in society. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1991Although the economic development of the Trans-Mississippi West is popularly associated with hardy individualism, it was in fact largely dependent of the federal government. Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to western economic activities in the nineteenth century.

AP 1990 Although Americans perceived Manifest Destiny as a benevolent movement, it was in fact an aggressive imperialism pursued at the expense of others. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1990 (DBQ) Jacksonian Democrats viewed themselves as the guardians of the United States Constitution political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. In light of the following documents and your knowledge of the 1820s and 1830s, to what extent do you agree with the Jacksonian’s view of themselves?

AP 1989 “Developments in transportation, rather than in manufacturing and agriculture, sparked American economic growth in the first half of the nineteenth century.” Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1988 “American movements between 1820 and 1860 reflected both optimistic and pessimistic views of human nature and society.” Assess the validity of this statement in reference to reform movements in THREE of the following areas.

AP 1986 In the first half of the 19th century, the American culture and intellectual community contributed to the development of a distinctive American national consciousness. Assess the validity of this statement.

Possible In what ways did the emerging sectional conflicts with the United States manifest themselves in the election of Andrew Jackson and in the domestic policies of the nation in the years 1828-1837?

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1850-1876 Civil War and Reconstruction

AP 2006 Explain why and how the role of the federal government changed as a result of the Civil War with respect to TWO of the following during the period 1861-1877:

AP 2003 Evaluate the impact of the Civil War on political and economic developments in TWO of the following regions. Focus your answer on the period between 1865 and 1900.

AP 2000 Assess the moral arguments and political actions of those opposed to the spread of slavery in the context of two of the following.

AP 1997 Analyze the economic consequences of the Civil War with respect to any TWO of the following in the United States between 1865 and 1880.


AP 1996 (DBQ)In what ways and to what extent did constitutional and social developments between 1860 and 1877 amount to a revolution? Use documents and your knowledge of the period from 1860 to 1977 to answer your question.


AP 1992 Discuss the political, economic, and social reforms introduced in the South between 1864 and 1877. To what extent did these reforms survive the Compromise of 1877.


AP 1992 (DBQ)To what extent did the natural environment shape the development of the West beyond the Mississippi and the lives of those who lived and settled there? How important were other factors? Use both evidence from the documents and your knowledge of the period from the 1840’s through the 1890’s to compose your answer.


AP 1992Compare the debates that took place over the American expansionism in the 180s with those that took place in the 1890s, analyzing the similarities and differences in the debates of the two eras.


AP 1991 From the 1840’s through the 1890’s, women’s activities in the intellectual, social, economic, and political spheres effectively challenged traditional attitudes and women’s place in society. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1991 Although the economic development of the Trans-Mississippi West is popularly associated with hardy individualism, it was in fact largely dependent on the federal government. Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to western economic activities in the nineteenth century.

AP 1988 “I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races.” How can this statement of Abraham Lincoln be reconciled with his 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

AP 1987 (DBQ)“By the 1850’s, the Constitution, originally framed as an instrument of national unity, had become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately contributed to the failure of the union it had created.” Using the documents and your knowledge of the period from 1850-1861, assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1984 “Throughout our history, the Supreme Court has acted as a partisan political body rather than a neutral arbiter of constitutional principles.” Assess the validity of this generalization for the period 1800-1860.


AP 1983 How do you account for the failure of Reconstruction (1865-1877) to bring social and economic equality of opportunity to the former slaves?

AP 1983 (DBQ) John Brown’s raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859, involved only a handful of abolitionists, freed no slaves, and was over in 2 days. Although many northerners condemned the raid, by 1863, John Brown had become a hero and martyr in the North. To what extent and in what ways do the views about John Brown expressed in the documents illustrate North-South relations between 1859 and 1863?

AP 1979 “American social reform movements from 1820 and 1860 were characterized by unyielding perfectionism, impatience with compromise, and distrust of established social institutions. These qualities explain the degree of success or failure of these movements in achieving their objectives.” Discuss with reference to both antislavery and ONE other reform movement of the period 1820-1860 (for example, temperance, women’s rights, communitarianism, prison reform, or educational reform).


AP 1978 “The unpopular ideas and causes of one period often fain popularity and support in another, but the ultimate price of successes is usually the alteration or subversion of the original ideas and programs.” For the period 1830-1877, discuss this statement with reference to both the ideas and activities of abolitionism and the policies of the Republican Party.

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1862-1900 Gilded Age, Populism, and Expansionism


AP 2003 Analyze the ways in which the farmers and industrial workers reponded to industrialization in the Gilded Age (1865-1900)

AP 2002 Identify and analyze the factors that changed the American city in the second half of the nineteenth century.

AP 2001 How and why did transportation development spark economic growth during the period from 1860 -1900 in the United States?

AP 2000 How successful was organized labor in improving the position of workers in the period from 1875 to 1900? Analyze the factors that contributed to the level of success achieved.

AP 1999 How were the lives of the Plains Indians in the second half of the nineteenth century affected by technological changes and government actions?

AP 1998 Analyze the impact of any TWO of the following on the American industrial worker between 1865 and 1900.

AP 1997 (DBQ) To what extent did economic and political developments as well as the assumptions about the nature of women affect the position of American women during the period 1890-1925? Use the documents and your knowledge of the history of the years 1890-1925 to construct your response.

AP 1995 Analyze the reasons for the emergence of the Populist movement in the late nineteenth century.

AP 1994 (DBQ) to what extent was late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century United States expansionism a continuation of past United States expansionism and to what extent was it a departure? Use the documents and your knowledge of United States history to 1914 to construct your answer.

AP 1994 Compare and contrast the attitudes of THREE of the following toward the wealth that was created in the United States during the late nineteenth century.

AP 1993 Analyze the ways in which state and federal legislation and judicial decisions, including those of the Supreme Court, affected the efforts of any TWO of the following groups to improve their positions in society between 1880 and 1920.

AP 1992 (DBQ) To what extent did the natural environment shape the development of the West beyond the Mississippi and the lives of those who lived and settled there? How important were other factors? Use both evidence from the documents and your knowledge of the period from the 1840s through the 1890s to compose your answer.

AP 1992 Compare the debates that took place over the American expansionism in the 1840s with those that took place in the 1890s, analyzing the similarities and differences in the debates of the two eras.

AP 1991 From the 1840s through the 1890s, womens activities in the intellectual, social, economic, and political spheres effectively challenged traditional attitudes about women's place in society. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1991 Although the economic development of the Trans-Mississippi West is popularly associated with hardy individualism, it was in fact largely dependent on the federal government. Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to western economic activities in the nineteenth century.

AP 1990 "The reorganization and consolidation of business structures was more responsible for late nineteenth-century American industrialization than was the development of new technologies." Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to business structures and technology between 1865 and 1900.

AP 1989 In what ways were the late-nineteenth-century Populists the heirs of the Jacksonian Democrats with respect to overall objectives AND specific proposals for reform?

AP 1989 (DBQ) Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois offered different strategies for dealing with the problems of poverty and discrimination faced by Black Americans at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1877-1915, to assess the appropriatness of each of these strategies in the historical context in which each was developed.

AP 1988 Although the economic growth of the United States between 1860 and 1900 has been attributed to a governmental policy of laissez-faire, it was in fact encouraged and sustained by direct government intervention. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1987 "Throughout its history, the United States has been a land of refuge and opportunity for immigrants." Assess the validity of this statement in view of the experiences of TWO of the following.

AP 1987 Popular fascination with the cowboy, the pioneer, and the stories of Horatio Alger in the period 1870-1915 reflected Americans' uneasiness over the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1986 Andrew Carnegie has been viewed by some historians as the "prime representative of the industrial age" and by others as "an industrial leader atypical of the period". Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1986 "Both the Mexican-American War and the Spanish-American War were premeditated affaris resulting from deliberately calculated schemes of robbery on the part of a superior power against weak and defenseless neighbors." Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1985 How and why did the Monroe Doctrine become a cornerstone of United States foreign policy by the late 19th Century?

AP 1984 A number of writers and reformers in the period 1865-1914 discussed the growing gap between wealth and poverty in the United States. Compare and contrast THREE of the following authors' explanations for this condition and their proposals for dealign with it.

AP 1983 (DBQ) Documents A-H reveal some of the problems that many farmers in the late nineteenth century (1880-1900) saw as threats to their way of life. Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, (a) explain the reasons for agrarian discontent, and (b) evaluate the validity of the farmers' complaints.

AP 1982 Despite often brutal clashes between labor and capital in the United States during the period 1865-1940, collective working-class protests did not constitute a basic attack on the capitalist system. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1981 In American politics the most significant battles have occurred within the major parties rather than between them. Discuss this statement with reference to the periods 1850-1860 and 1900-1912.

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1900-1917 Progressivism

AP 2006 Historians have argued that Progressive reform lost momentum in the 1920s. Evaluate this statement with respect to TWO of the following:

AP 2003 (DBQ) Evaluate the effectiveness of Progressive Era reformers and the federal government in bringing about reform at the national level. In your answer, be sure to analyze the successes and limitations of these efforts in the period 1900-1920. Use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1900-1920 to construct your answer.

AP 2001 Describe and account for the rise of nativism in American society from 1900 to 1930.

AP 1997 (DBQ) To what extent did economic and political developments as well as the assumptions about the nature of women affect the position of American women during the period 1890-1925? Use the documents and your knowledge of the history of the years 1890-1925 to construct your response.

AP 1993 Analyze the ways in which state and federal legislation and judicial decisions, including those of the Supreme Court, affected the efforts in any TWO of the following groups to improve their position in society between 1880 and 1920.

AP 1987 The Progressive movement of 1901-1917 was a triumph of conservation rather than a victory for liberalism. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1986 "Reform movements of the twentieth century have shown continuity intheir goals and strategies." Assess the validity of this statement for ONE of the following pairs of reform movements:

AP 1981 In American politics the most significant battles have occurred within the major parties rather than between them. Discuss this statement with reference to the periods 1850-1860 and 1900-1912.

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1916-1929 World War I and the Roaring Twenties

AP 2003 Compare and contrast United States society in the 1920's with respect to TWO of the following:
race relations role of women consumerism

AP 2002 Compare and contrast the United States foreign policy after the first World War and after the second World War. Consider the periods 1919-1928 and 1945-1950.

AP 2001 Describe and account for the rise of nativism in American society from 1900-1930.

AP 2000 To what extent did the United States achieve the objectives that led it to enter the First World War?

AP 1999 In what ways did economic conditions and developments in the arts and entertainment help create the reputation of the 1920's as the Roaring Twenties.

AP 1998 To what extent and why did the United States adopt an isolationist policy in the 1920's and 1930's?

AP 1995 Assess the relative influence of THREE of the following in the American decision to declare war on Germany in 1917.

AP 1993 Analyze the ways in which state and federal legislation and judicial decisions, including those of the Supreme Court, affected the efforts of any TWO of the following groups to improve their position in society between 1880 and 1920.


AP 1991 (DBQ) It was the strength of the opposition forces, both liberal and conservative, rather than the ineptitude and stubbornness of President Wilson that led to the Senate defeat of the treaty of Versailles. Using the documents and your knowledge of the period 1917-1921, assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1990 "Although American writers of the 1920's and 1930's criticized American society the nature of there criticisms differed markedly in the two decades." Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to writers in both decades.

AP 1989 "The United States entered the First World War not to make the world safe for democracy as President Wilson proclaimed, but to safeguard American economic interests." Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1986 The 1920's were a period of tension between new and changing attitudes on the one hand and traditional values and nostalgia on the other. What led to the tension between old and new AND in what ways was the tension manifested.

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1929-1945 New Deal and World War II


AP 2002 How successful were the programs of the New Deal in solving the problems of the Great Depression? Assess with respect to TWO of the following: Relief, Recovery, Reform

AP 1998 To what extent and why did the United States adopt an isolationist policy in the 1920's and 1930's?

AP 1996 Analyze the ways in which the Great Depression altered the American social fabric in the 1930's.

AP 1993 Identify THREE of the following New Deal measures and analyze the ways in which each of the three attempted to fashion a more stable economy. and a more equitable society.

AP 1993 Describe THREE of the following and analyze the ways in which each of the three has affected the status of women in American society since 1940.

AP 1992 In what ways did the Great Society resemble the New Deal in its origins, goals, and social and poltical legacy? Cite specific examples and policies in support of your argument.

AP 1988 Why did socialism fail to become a major force in American politics between 1900 and 1940 despite widespread dissatisfaction with the social and economic order and significant support for radical movements during that period?

AP 1987 "Social dislocations resulting from wartime conditions frequently bring lasting change within a society." Evaluate the relevance of this generalization to American society in the twentieth century in view of the experiences of Blacks AND women.

AP 1986 "Reform movements of the twentieth century have shown continuity in their goals and strategies." Assess the validity of this statement for ONE of the following pairs of reform movements.

AP 1985 During the past four decades, historians consistently have rated Washington, Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt as the greatest Presidents. Assess the greatness of any TWO of these chief executives, MAKING CLEAR THE CRITERIA on which you base your judgment.

AP 1984 President Franklin D. Roosevelt is commonly thought of as a liberal and President Herbert C. Hoover as a conservative. To what extent are these characterizations valid?

AP 1983 "Shifts in party control of the presidency during the twentieth century have typically NOT brought major shifts in domestic policy." Assess the validity of this statement by discussing the extent to which these two Presidents adopted the DOMESTIC programs of previous presidential administrations given in parentheses beneath their names.

AP 1983 "The economic policies of the federal government from 1921 to 1929 were responsible for the nation's depression of the 1930s." Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1982 Prior to American involvement in both the First and Second World Wars, the United States adopted an official policy of neutrality. compare the policy and its modification during the period 1914-1917 to the policy and its modification during the period 1939-1941.

AP 1981 "The New Deal secured the support of labor and agriculture after 1932 as the Republican party had secured the support of industry and commerce since 1920-- with special interest programs giving financial aid, legal privileges, and other types of assistance." Assess the validity of this statement, giving attention to both periods (1920-1932 and 1932-1940).

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1945-1960 Cold War

AP 2006 While the United States appeared to be dominated by consensus and conformity in the 1950s, some Americans reacted against the status quo. Analyze the critiques of United States society made by TWO of the following

AP 2003 Compare and contrast United States society in the 1920s and 1950s with respect to TWO of the following:

AP 2002 Compare and contrast the United States foreign policy after the first World War and after the second World war. Consider the periods 1919-1928 and 1945-1950.

AP 2002 Analyze the ways in TWO of the following shaped American politics after the Alternate Second World War.

AP 2002 How did the African-American civil rights movement of th e1050s and 1960s address the failures of Reconstruction?

AP 2001 What were the Cold war fears of the American people in the aftermath of the Second World War? How successful did the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower address these fears?

AP 2000 Discuss, with respect to two of the following, the view that the 1960s represented a period of profound cultural change.

AP 1999 Assess the success of the United States policy of containment in Asia between 1945 and 1975

AP 1997 How do you account for the appeal of McCarthyism in the United States in the era following the Second World War?

AP 1996 Analyze the influence of TWO of the following on American-Soviet relations in the decade following the Second World War:

AP 1994 To what extent did the decade of the 1950’s deserve its reutation as an age of political, social, an dcultural conformity?

AP 1993 Describe THREE of the following and analyze the ways in which each of the three has affected the status of women in American society since 1940.

AP 1992 In 1945, Winston Churchill said that the United States stood at the summit of The world. Discuss the developments in the thirty years following Churchill’s speech which called the global preeminence of the United States into question.

AP 1991 Although the 1960’s are usually considered the decade of greatest important achievements for Black civil rights, the 1940’s and 1950’s were periods of equally gains. Assess the validity of this statement.

AP 1989 “Vice-Presidents who have succeeded to the presidency on the death of the President have been less effective in their conduct of domestic AND foreign policy than the men they replaced.” Assess the validity of this statement for any TWO of the following pairs.

AP 1985 The size, character, and effectiveness of the organized labor movement changed significantly during the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. Apply this statement to TWO of the following periods:


AP 1985 What accounted for the growth between 1940 and 1965 of popular and governmental concern for the position of Blacks in American society.

AP 1984 Harry S. Truman was a realistic, pragmatic President who skillfully led the American people against the menace posed by the Soviet Union.” Assess the validity of this generalization for President Truman’s foreign policy from 1945 to 1953.

AP 1983 “Shifts in party control of the presidency during the twentieth century have typically not brought major shifts in domestic policy.” Assess the validity of this statement by discussing the extent to which these two presidents adopted the domestic programs of the previous presidential administrations given in parentheses beneath their names.

AP 1982 Compare the goals and strategies of the Black reform movements of the period 1890-1910 to the goals and strategies of the Black reform movements in the period 1950-1970.

AP 1981 Why did the United States foreign policy after the Second World War (1945-1960) take a different direction from that after the First World War (1918-1939)? Give approximately equal attention to both periods.

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1960s-1980s Modern America


AP 2003 Describe and account for the changes in the American presidency between 1960 and 1975, as symbolized by Kennedy’s “Camelot,” Johnson’s Great Society, and Nixon’s Watergate. In your answer, address the poweres of the presidency and the role of the media.

AP 2002 How did African American Civil Rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s address the failures of Reconstruction?

AP 2002 Analyze the ways in TWO of the following shaped American politics after the Second World War.

AP 2000 Discuss, with respect to two of the following, the view that the 1960s represented a period of profound culture change.

AP 1999 Assess the success of the United States policy of containment in Asia between 1945 and 1975.

AP 1998 1968 was a turning point for the United States. To what extent is this an accurate assessment? In your answer, discuss TWO of the following:

AP 1995 (DBQ) Analyze the changes that occurred during the 1960s in the goals, strategies, and support of the movement for African American civil rights. Use the documents and your knowledge of the history of the 1960s to construct your response.

AP 1993 Describe THREE of the following and analyze the ways in which each of the three has affected the status of women in American society since 1940.

AP 1992 In what ways did the Great Society resemble the New Deal in its origins, goals, and social and political legacy? Cite specific programs and policies in support of your arguments.

AP 1992 In 1945, Winston Churchill said that the United States stood at the summit of the world. Discuss the developments in the thirty years following Churchill’s speech which called the global preeminence of the United States into question.