New Rubrics for APUSH

Posted in Test Things on March 16, 2018 by mrkufs

In the fall of this past year, College Board tweaked the rubrics for the DBQ and Long Essay.  The new ones are in your benefit and look like they do NOT need the synthesis point directly.  Please look.



1932 Electoral Map

Posted in Great Depression on March 13, 2018 by mrkufs


FDR’s First Fireside Chat

Posted in Great Depression on March 13, 2018 by mrkufs

A 1933 listen to FDR’s emotional hold on the American people with his optimistic Fireside Chat about the Banking Crisis.

FDR Quote About Hoover

Posted in Great Depression on March 12, 2018 by mrkufs

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”

Going Live on Facebook @11. Watch after- Documentary About Stock Crash

Posted in Great Depression on March 12, 2018 by mrkufs

A very compelling 10 minute explanation of Black Thursday and Black Tuesday and why/how the Stock Market crashed.

The Roaring 20’s Part II

Posted in 1920's on March 6, 2018 by mrkufs

This video details more information on the Roaring 20’s.

The Roaring 20’s Part I

Posted in 1920's on March 6, 2018 by mrkufs

Interviews and information on the Roaring 20’s.

1920-1929 ABC Video

Posted in 1920's on March 6, 2018 by mrkufs

Wilson’s 14 Points

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2018 by mrkufs

World War I Essential Questions

Posted in World War I on February 26, 2018 by mrkufs

I am going to give you questions to answer below.  Put them on a separate sheet of paper.  This will require you to be certain read Chapter 22.

World War I Essential Questions

1. Explain in detail the sequence of events that led the world to war in 1914.

2. Explain the 4 underlying causes of the war.

3. Detaii American neutrality in the early part of the war.

4. Detail submarine warfare and the Lusitania.

5. Describe the US relationship w/ Britain and France.

6. What was Public Opinion of the war from most Americans?

7. Define preparedness

8. What was Wilson’s 1916 reelection campaign promise?

9. Detail the steps for the US decision for entering the war.

Then finish the steps from the outline.

World War I on the Homefront

Posted in World War I on February 26, 2018 by mrkufs

This 10 minute video talks about WWI in America.

Causes of WWI

Posted in World War I on February 26, 2018 by mrkufs

This documentary accounts for the causes of WWI.

Progressive Era Documentary

Posted in Progressive Era on February 9, 2018 by mrkufs

John Green Imperialism

Posted in Imperialism on February 5, 2018 by mrkufs

America Becomes a World Power

Posted in Imperialism on February 5, 2018 by mrkufs

Midterm Corrections

Posted in Test Things on February 5, 2018 by mrkufs

APUSH/SUNY 105-106

Multiple Choice Corrections

APUSH/SUNY 105-106 students have the opportunity to earn points back for multiple choice corrections that they get wrong on a test.  In order to gain credit the following steps MUST be met:

  1. Turn in corrections with the original sheet
  2. Missed questions must have the correct answer.
  3. Explain WHY you put the answer that you did and why you know that the new answer is correct. These explanations are meant to be prose, not poetry.  The explanation is meant to make you reflect on your thought process.
  4. Where you specifically found the correct answer.
  5. Turn in the corrections by the deadline set by Mr. Kufs


#6.  D I guessed wrong.  I found the answer in my book.


#6.  New Answer:  D- I got #6 wrong because I thought that the Puritans came to the New World to get rich.  In reality, they came for religious freedom.  The answer was found on page 25 of Amsco. (or from the website link or whatever)

Gilded Age Terms

Posted in Gilded Age on January 31, 2018 by mrkufs
Gilded Age – Pursuit of wealthy is life’s highest goal; wealthy=aristocracy; politics criticized.
Solid South – South votes democratic till mid 20th century.
Stalwarts – Anti civil service reform; pro spoil system.
Halfbreeds – Moderates for civil service reform.
Mugwumps – Demanded civil service reforms.
Pendleton Act – Civil Service Commission- Civil service reform; federal workers chosen on test scores from exams; no political contribution from civil servants.
McKinley Tariff – Raise tax on foreign goods; help pay for “Billion Dollar Congress.”
Sherman Silver Purchase Act – Use more silver (small amounts) to satisfy farmer & miners.
Populist (People’s) Party – Began with Omaha Platform; Stop economic control of banks & trusts; attack laissez faire; unites poor blacks & whites.
Omaha Platform – Politically: direct elections of senators; enacting st8 laws by voters (initiatives & referendums on ballots); Economically: unlimited silver; graduated income tax; telegraph & telephone systems owned & operated by gov’t; loans for farmers; 8 hour day for workers.
Coxey’s Army – 1894-Unemployed march to D.C. led by Populist Jacob Coxey; want fed gov’t spend $500mil public programs create jobs; arrested & went home.
William Jennings Bryan, “Cross of God” – Influential speech makes Bryan dem. candidate; for free silver

Part of William Jennings Bryan “Cross of Gold” Speech in 1896

Posted in Gilded Age, Uncategorized on January 31, 2018 by mrkufs

Course Evaluations for SUNY 105

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2018 by mrkufs

“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazurus

Posted in Immigration, Uncategorized on January 26, 2018 by mrkufs

This poem articulates what the American Dream of opportunity and a better life is about. It is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty awaiting immigrants at Ellis Island in the “New” era of immigration.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”