FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech

Posted in Speeches, World War II on March 27, 2015 by mrkufs

Brief footage of December 7, 1941 followed by FDR’s speech to Congress the following day. “A date which will live in infamy” for certain.

US Prepares for World War II

Posted in World War II on March 27, 2015 by mrkufs

Brief Documentary of FDR and the US preparing for WWII

New Deal Summary

Posted in Great Depression on March 23, 2015 by mrkufs

EXCELLENT New Deal video in less than 5 minutes.

FDR’s First Fireside Chat

Posted in Great Depression on March 23, 2015 by mrkufs

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

Documentary About Stock Crash

Posted in Great Depression on March 23, 2015 by mrkufs

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

FDR Quote About Hoover

Posted in Great Depression on March 19, 2015 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.”

The Roaring 20’s Part II

Posted in 1920's on March 13, 2015 by mrkufs

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

The Roaring 20’s Part I

Posted in 1920's on March 13, 2015 by mrkufs

Interviews and information on the Roaring 20’s.

World War I on the Homefront

Posted in World War I on March 9, 2015 by mrkufs

This 10 minute video talks about WWI in America.

World War I Essential Questions

Posted in World War I on March 6, 2015 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.

The Progressive Era

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2015 by mrkufs

This documentary gives a synopsis of the 1900-1916 Progressive Era in America.

Spanish-American War

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2015 by mrkufs

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

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2015 by mrkufs

“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazurus

Posted in Uncategorized on February 10, 2015 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

Take Home Quiz for Industry

Posted in Industrial Revolution on February 5, 2015 by mrkufs

Due date: Monday, February 9th:

Directions: Each short answer question has an answer found within the reading of the chapter.

1. The role of railroads in the Industrial Revolution:
a) What were specific railroads and how did they help grow the age of Industry?

b) What did the financial Panic of 1893 lead to?

c) What role did the Vanderbilt family play in the crisis?

2. Detail how the following made their fortunes:
a) Andrew Carnegie-

b) John D. Rockefeller (also include the “Gospel of Wealth”-

c) Adam Smith-

d) Thomas Edison-

e) George Westinghouse-

3. List 5 major inventions and explain their significance in advancing this age:
a) ________________-

b) ________________-

c) ________________-

d) ________________-

e) ________________-

4. Impact, explain in detail the following:
a) Marketing of consumer goods-
b) The Horatio Alger myth-
c) The expanding middle class-
d) Women of the era-

5. Labor discontent-detail 3 major labor unions of the era and why they were or were not successful:
a) National Labor Union-
b) Knights of Labor
c) American Federation of Labor-

Test Correction Policy for Major Assessments

Posted in Test Things on February 3, 2015 by mrkufs

APUSH/SUNY 105-106

Multiple Choice Corrections 

APUSH/SUNY 105-106 students have the opportunity to earn an extra quiz grade 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)

Video About Comparing W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington

Posted in African-Americans on January 22, 2015 by mrkufs

Sitting Bull and Little Big Horn Video

Posted in Last West on January 22, 2015 by mrkufs


Last West/American Indians/New South/Farmers Quiz

Posted in Last West on January 20, 2015 by mrkufs

Last West/American Indians/New South/Farmers Quiz

A quiz from Amsco Chapter 17.

Review Sheet for AP/SUNY US History Midterm Review Sheet 2015

Posted in Test Things on January 20, 2015 by mrkufs

*For each person, event, term, etc. you MUST understand the CONCEPT.

  • What was the Columbian Exchange and details about the 1500’s in America?
  • Explain details about the American Indians in different regions in the 1600’s
    • Did they work as laborers? Diseases?
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in the Chesapeake Bay and Massachusetts colonial regions
  • Discuss slavery, the middle passage and triangular trade
  • What was the Great Awakening of 1730’s and 1740’s and what did it MEAN?
    • George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards
    • Individualism and free thought, self-government
  • Bacon’s Rebellion/Shays’ Rebellion/Whiskey Rebellion
  • Details about the 13 Colonies
  • Navigation Acts and Salutary Neglect
  • French and Indian War causes, snake, effects
  • Enlightenment, Thomas Paine and Common Sense, Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation-WEAK. Why? Positives?
  • Constitutional Convention of 1787
    • Compromises; Federalism; Separation of Church/State; checks and balances w/ 3 branches
  • Hamilton vs Jefferson (Elitism vs Agrarian) and the first political parties
  • Washington’s traditions
  • (*) SECTIONALISM North vs. South vs. West and key ideas, people, American System, etc. Roots of divisiveness?
  • Reform movement of 1820’s-1840’s
    • Abolition (Garrison, Stowe, Douglass, Tubman), rights of women (similar to abolition?), temperance
    • Second Great Awakening- where, who, why?
    • Transcendentalism, Utopias, etc.
  • Age of Jackson in Democracy increase
  • Age of Jackson with his enemies- Biddle and the Bank, Cherokees, South Carolina, Maysville Road and Clay, misuse of power, vetoes, Worcester vs. Georgia
  • Manifest Destiny with Texas, Mexican War, etc.
  • (*) STEPS to CIVIL WAR
    • Missouri Compromise, Wilmot Proviso, Comp. of 1850, etc.
  • Immigration of the 1800-1860’s
  • Tariffs purpose and who was helped/hurt
  • Lincoln Unconstitutional actions during the Civil War
  • Civil War detail
  • 3 Reconstruction Plans
  • 13/14/15th Amendments
  • Radical Republicans
  • How did it end and WHY? Did the North stop caring as much? Why? Racism?

(*) NOTE-If you see the asterisk it means that you will need tremendous detail on these areas.


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