Gilder Lehrman Study Guide Videos

Posted in Period Review, Test Things on August 14, 2018 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.


If You See…

Posted in Test Things on June 11, 2018 by mrkufs


  1. If you see: House of BurgessesMayflower Compact

Answer: “early forms of democracy” or early “republics.”

  1. If you see: John Marshall …

Answer: Either he expanded the power of the federal government, or Judicial Review. Marbury v. Madison = Judicial Review.

  1. Why did Immigrants and African Americans move to cities? That’s where the jobs were!
  2. If you see: Nativism= anti-foreign sentiment. The creation of quota systems regarding immigration is important to know. These acts favored western Europeans who spoke English, NOT Eastern Europeans. A question on the Chinese Exclusion Act or the Sacco-Vanzetti case could also have nativism as an answer.
  3. Federalism = Division of Powers between the Federal Government and the States!!! See Chart Below.    
  4. Don’t confuse federalism with Checks and Balances!!! C and B is checking the three Branches (Legislative, Executive, Judicial) of Government! Ex. Veto, judicial review, impeachment. National Gov, checks itself — has nothing to do with states in terms of the Regents Exam. See Chart Below.
  5. If you see:George Washington …

Answer: is most likely “neutrality/isolationism/noninvolvement”

  1. Why did we have a weak Articles of Confederation?

Answer: fear of a strong government, or power to the states was preferred.

  1. If you see: Domino Theory (for Asia), Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Korean War, NATO …


  1. WWII= Know the Lend-Lease Act, plus Cash and Carry. Answer should be: a move away from isolationism — becoming less neutral. Pearl Harbor and D-Day occasionally come up. D-Day will usually have an answer about opening up a new front in Europe during the war.
  2. If you see: Why didn’t we ratify the Treaty of Versailles? = Neutrality. We did not want to join the international League of Nations!
  3. If you see: Unwritten Constitution = These are things that we do which aren’t printed in the Constitution such as political parties, cabinet, judicial review, and nominating conventions.
  4. We got involved in WWIbecause of “the Boat, and the Note.” (Lusitania, and Zimmerman Telegram). 
  5. Trust or Monopoly… makes the rich get richer. The Sherman Anti-Trust Act tried to bust them! If you see Unions (or AFL, Sherman Anti-Trust, or Arbitration) … Answer is something like “to help the small guy and consumer out.”
  6. To repeal an amendment … must ratify (approve) another amendment (like the 18th and 21st for prohibition.) Speaking of ratifying … think Federalist Paperswere for ratification of the Constitution.
  7. Manifest Destiny = led to the question —should these states be slave or free??? Manifest Destiny also settles the Frontier… If you seeTranscontinental Railroad, the answer is usually about increased trade, and settlement.

16a. Also, know Presidential (lenient) vs. Radical (harsh on South/for Black rights) Reconstruction.

  1. If you see: John Hay — think “Hay look … it’s China!” The answer is always about trade in Asia for Open Door Policy. Just open the door and say “Haaaay!”

Note: Questions 1-3 usually have something to do with geography. Most notably: Mississippi River led to trade and navigation, New England had trade, the South was agricultural, and the Great Plains were flat. New Orleans was a port for trade.

  1. If you see: How did the US respond to massive immigration? The QUOTA SYSTEM is usually the answer. Specifically, know the National-Origins Act.
  2. Did you know that the Supreme Court did not support FDR? That’s usually a cartoon question. He tried to pack the court with allies. But he never did it in the end.
  3. If you see: Jacob Riis, Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell = They are writers known as Muckrakers…the answer should be about cleaning up and regulating big business to protect the people.
  4. If you see: The Great Society…The answer should be about the government helping the poor. Similarly, The New Deal of FDR looked to create jobs (public works) and help people socially and economically.
  5. Ronald Reagan cut taxes for the rich with “Reaganomics.”
  6. Lobbying is when special interest groups try to get Congress to vote a certain way. They hang out in the lobbyand try to convince them.
  7. If you see: Initiative, Referendum, or Recall…The answer will be about expanding democracy during the Progressive Era.
  8. If you see: The Great Compromise or 3/5 Compromise …the answer should be about representation, or the population determining representation in the House.
  9. If you see: Cesar Chavez…Think “Caesar Salad” — he fought for the rights of farmers. Another name to know is Rachel Carson. Her book Silent Springhelped start the environmental movement. Spring=Nature.
  10. If you see: Seneca Falls = It’s a women’s conference. Women love to go to the Falls, it’s romantic.
  11. Langston Hughes starts with an H. So does Harlem Renaissance. If there’s an African American culture movement question, Hughes can be the answer.
  12. If you see: Miranda v. Arizona, Gideon v. Wainwright – These cases expanded the rights to the accused!
  13. Not in your textbook if it’s old. After 9/11, the US created theDepartment of Homeland Security to protect American citizens. Also, know the Patriot Act.


Freestyle Rap Project Beat

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2018 by mrkufs

Old US History Regents Exams

Posted in Test Things on May 23, 2018 by mrkufs

Practice APUSH tests

Posted in Test Things on May 9, 2018 by mrkufs

APUSH Calculator

Posted in Test Things on May 7, 2018 by mrkufs


Famous Whitney Houston 1991 National Anthem

Posted in 1990's, Uncategorized on May 2, 2018 by mrkufs

Bill Clinton “I Did Not Have…” then admits it.

Posted in 1990's, Uncategorized on May 1, 2018 by mrkufs

Read My Lips

Posted in 1990's, Uncategorized on May 1, 2018 by mrkufs

George H.W. Bush’s famous mistake


Reagan Challenger Speech

Posted in Reagan, Speeches on May 1, 2018 by mrkufs

In place of the State of the Union, events of the Space Shuttle Challenger crashing had President Reagan deliver a different kind of speech. This shows his tender leadership and also he manages to justify why and how we explore space.

The Reagan Humor

Posted in Reagan on May 1, 2018 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 1, 2018 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.

Nixon’s “I Am Not a Crook”

Posted in 1970's, Speeches on April 30, 2018 by mrkufs

Richard Nixon’s downfall of lying to the American people about his knowledge about the Watergate break in.

Gilder Lehrman Review Videos for All 9 Periods

Posted in Test Things, Uncategorized on April 30, 2018 by mrkufs

Opening Credits from the Movie “Miracle”

Posted in 1970's on April 30, 2018 by mrkufs

A look through images of the years of malaise preceding 1980 when the country was feeling poorly about itself.

April Break Updates

Posted in Test Things on April 23, 2018 by mrkufs

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Grades are done for the Short Answer Quarterly Exams.  They are in the portal.  Four students must complete it when we get back ASAP.  The DBQ’s are graded as well.  MANY are missing.  I need them emailed to me at or handed in the days we get back.

You should be:

  • Completing your 13 of 18 Questions due Monday for a TEST grade.
  • Reading 30/31 Amsco and taking a picture of you and your AMSCO with @kufs #APUSH on Instagram or #KUFS #APUSH anywhere.
  • Watching the Watergate Documentary scrolling down on this website.

Billy is helping me with the slip quizzes. They will end up test grades.  Tedious process for sure!

Enjoy your break and talk to you soon!

Mr. Kufs





Watergate Documentary

Posted in 1970's on April 20, 2018 by mrkufs

Seeing Vietnam on Television

Posted in 1960's, Culture on April 17, 2018 by mrkufs

Part of the trouble for LBJ was that Americans were seeing the horrors of the Vietnam War on their televisions every night.

1965-1970 Documentary

Posted in 1960's, Uncategorized on April 12, 2018 by mrkufs

1968 Electoral Map

Posted in 1960's on April 12, 2018 by mrkufs

1968 Electoral Map

Map showing Nixon’s win against Humphrey and Wallace