Long Essay Choices for Thursday 9/25

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2014 by mrkufs

Period 2 (UNIT 2): Long-Essay Question


Essay Instructions

Directions: Write a coherent, well-supported essay including a valid thesis statement and supporting body paragraphs on one of the following questions.

  1. Although both were largely settled originally by people of English origin, Massachusetts Bay and the Chesapeake Region by 1700 had evolved into two distinct (unique and different) societies. Why did this difference in development occur?
  1. To what extent and in what ways did European powers develop different patterns of colonization in North America? Support your answer with specific and relevant historical information from the period 1607 to 1754.

APUSH Period 3-Seven Years War Mr. Kufs Video

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 by mrkufs

Key Concept 3.1- Britain’s victory over France in the Imperial Struggle for North America led to new conflicts among the British government, the North American colonists, and American Indians, culminating in the creation of a new nation-the United States.

Constitution Day Essay Contest Link

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 by mrkufs

Here is the link for the Constitution Day essay contest.


Albany Plan of Union

Posted in Colonial with tags , , , , on September 17, 2014 by mrkufs
English: This political cartoon (attributed to...

English: This political cartoon (attributed to Benjamin Franklin) originally appeared during the French and Indian War, but was recycled to encourage the American colonies to unite against British rule. Description taken from File:Joinordie.jpg uploaded by User:Lies5150. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Albany Plan of Union was a proposal to create a unified government for the Thirteen Colonies, suggested by Benjamin Franklin, then a senior leader of 48 and a delegate from Pennsylvania, at the Albany Congress in July 1754 in Albany, New York. More than twenty representatives of several northern and mid-Atlantic colonies had gathered to plan their defense related to the French and Indian War, the front in North America of the Seven Years War between Great Britain and France. The Plan represented an early attempt to form a union of the colonies “under one government as far as might be necessary for defense and other general important purposes.”

Source: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Second Edition. Yale University Press, 1964. pp. 209-210

“Sinners At The End of An Angry God”

Posted in Colonial, Uncategorized on September 15, 2014 by mrkufs

Jonathan Edwards described in 2 minutes about his sermon and contribution to the Great Awakening in the 1740’s.

The Institution of Slavery in Colonial America and Why It Grew So Rapidly

Posted in Colonial on September 12, 2014 by mrkufs

Slave population grew RAPIDLY in colonial America, particularly in the South.  By 1750, half of Virginia’s population and 2/3 of South Carolina’s were slaves.  The rooting of the institution of slavery was of far greater importance than that of mercantilism.

The Three Factors of Why There Was An Increased Demand for Slavery:

1.  Reduced Migration-wages in England improved.

2.  Dependable Work Force- Large plantation owners were disturbed by the political demands of small farmers and indentured servants like Bacon’s Rebellion.

3.  Cheap Labor- As tobacco prices fell, rice and indigo became profitable.  To grow successfully they needed the cheapest of labor.

Slaves came to America via the Triangular Trade (see photo) via Africa.

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

Posted in 9/11/01 on September 11, 2014 by mrkufs

The Alan Jackson classic “Where were you” set to images from that fateful day of September 11, 2001.

Final Phone Call from 9/11/01

Posted in 9/11/01 on September 11, 2014 by mrkufs

Interview with the woman who talked to September 11, 2001 hero Todd Beamer before he uttered the now famous words, “Let’s Roll.”

9/11 Picture Tribute to the Song “I Believe”

Posted in 9/11/01 on September 11, 2014 by mrkufs

This is a brief tribute to September 11, 2001 with music from Blessed Union of Souls hit “I Believe.”

Plymouth, from “America, the Story of Us”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2014 by mrkufs


The story of the Pilgrims coming to Plymouth in 1620 via the Mayflower.

Jamestown from “America, The Story of Us”

Posted in Colonial on September 7, 2014 by mrkufs

This is a 7 minute clip about the FIRST, PERMANENT ENGLISH SETTLEMENT in the NEW WORLD in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

Gilder Lehrman Study Guide Videos

Posted in Period Review, Test Things on September 5, 2014 by mrkufs

Period Materials

Each Period (1-9) has a very concise lecture about the important themes and terms.  You will periodically be assigned to watch these for homework, and then come to class prepared to discuss them.


Key Concept Period 1.1

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2014 by mrkufs

APUSH Period 1

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2014 by mrkufs

Period 1 1492-1607

Advice For APUSH Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 by mrkufs

Advice For APUSH Exam

3 brief videos on the multiple choice, DBQ, and Free Response Essays.

APUSH in 11 Minutes

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 by mrkufs

A brief review with some good visuals.

AP Score Calculator

Posted in Test Things on May 9, 2014 by mrkufs

AP Score Calculator

This calculator allows you to plug in the numbers of how many multiple choice questions you can get right out of 80 followed by the DBQ and Essays out of 9 for each and see your AP US History score.  Remember, a score of 3 or higher is needed for credit.

1980 Miracle on Ice

Posted in Cold War on May 7, 2014 by mrkufs

How a bunch of college kids on a hockey team helped bring the United States out of the dreary 1970’s and into a new era.

The Reagan Humor

Posted in Reagan on May 7, 2014 by mrkufs

This brief news clip shows the humor of President Reagan. He gained a reputation as one of the most charming and funniest Presidents in American history.

“Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down That Wall”

Posted in Cold War, Reagan, Speeches on May 7, 2014 by mrkufs

Two decades after JFK blasted the fact that communism needs to build the Berlin Wall to keep their people in, Ronald Reagan tells Mr. Gorbachev to tear down the wall. He articulates that communism has failed and that the West has won the Cold War. He wishes come true four years later.


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