the U.S. History Resources web site. Its purpose is to assist
students and teachers in high school U.S.
courses. One of the real challenges
facing both students and teachers
in a survey course is the overwhelming amount of
material that must be
For some, the understanding of the "big picture" gets lost in
volume of facts, dates,
and movements. When this happens, history can become more of a
memorization exercise than a thoughtful analysis of how and why things
occurred. This site attempts to simplify American history without
making it simplistic. It was
students in my Advanced Placement U.S. History course
offered at Polytechnic School in Pasadena,
California. Those students, along with a number of teachers and
have made numerous recommendations and improvements to the
Feel free to reproduce any part of
it for a class assignment, to review for a quiz or test, or as part of
a website. If you quote from it, you should cite it. If you
decide to use this website as
a link on your own, join the list of over 140 teacher, museum, student and school websites that have
and let me know. If
you find this site helpful, have questions or comments, or would like
suggestions, please e-mail and let me know where you're from.
Where is the Question of the Day?
For a number of years, subscribers have received a U.S. History Question of the Day throughout the school year. The College Board has revised the Advanced Placement exam to focus on more analysis and each question (in a set of two to five) will be based on a primary or secondary source. The redesign does not lend itself it well to the Question of the Day format, so the questions ended with the May 2014 exam. Questions from the 2013-2014 year are accessible here.
I've authored two books for REA that you might find helpful. One is a review for the newly formatted AP U.S. History exam. Titled AP US History All Access, here is its link on amazon.com. The second is AP U.S. History Crash Course and serves as a quick review for students of U.S. history. Here is its link.
Great U.S. History quote...
Abraham Lincoln on slavery, Peoria, Illinois, 1854
"I can not but hate [indifference for slavery's spread]. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world -- enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites -- causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty -- criticizing the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest." Shine, Republic by Robinson Jeffers
I have authored or edited the
History review books below. You can
order any of them by selecting the covers.