John Green Imperialism

Posted in Imperialism on February 13, 2019 by mrkufs


America Becomes a World Power

Posted in Imperialism on February 13, 2019 by mrkufs

Homework for February Break 2019

Posted in Homework, Imperialism, Uncategorized on February 13, 2019 by mrkufs
  1. Complete these by Monday, Feb. 25 to be collected. The Essential Questions from Amsco Chapters 15-19 (the questions are NOT in order)

Directions:  On separate sheets of paper, answer each question:

  1. Describe the political corruptions of the Grant administration and the various efforts to clean up politics in the Gilded Age.
  2. Describe the economic slump of the 1870’s and the growing conflict between “hard” and “soft” money advocates.
  3. Analyze the Hayes-Tilden election of 1876 and indicate how it avoided major conflict.
  4. Explain the importance of the Spoils System in Gilded Age politics and how Garfield’s assassination led to the beginning of the Civil Service Act.
  5. Explain how railroads became the basis for post-Civil War industrial transformation.
  6. Discuss how the abuses of the railroads led to railroad industry regulation by the government.
  7. Describe the development of giant trusts and explain how they came to dominate the economy.
  8. Explain why the South was generally excluded from the industrial development and eventually had to rely on the North for economic stability.
  9. Describe early labor’s effort to organize through unions.
  10. Describe the “new immigration” and how it affected American cities and the workplace.
  11. Explain why “new immigration” aroused so much opposition from nativists.
  12. Describe the final settlement of the west.
  13. Discuss the conquest of the Plains Indians in the late 1800’s.
  14. Explain how western farmers fell into economic turmoil and their response to the problem.
  15. Describe the Republican Party’s high tariff and high spending policies of the early 1890’s.
  16. Explain how farmer and labor discontent with the Republican’s high tariff and high spending polices led to Cleveland’s victory and the rise of the Populists.
  17. Indicate how Cleveland’s tight money policy during the depression of the 1893 led to debtor discontent, labor unrest, and Democratic division.
  18. Explain the issue of silver vs. gold and the election of 1896.

2. Watch the Foreign Policy video I made and annotate and read Chapter 20.


Mr. Kufs Talking Foreign Policy 1898-1916

Posted in Imperialism on February 13, 2019 by mrkufs

Watch the video in its entirety with your notes and Amsco. Be prepared for quick quiz on Chapter 20 after break.

Midterm Corrections- DUE Feb 11, Monday

Posted in Test Things on February 7, 2019 by mrkufs

*ALSO complete the orange names sheet for 1/2 of one of grades back.

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)

Progressive Video

Posted in Progressive Era, Uncategorized on February 5, 2019 by mrkufs

Take notes on the following categories while watching this video:

“The Unfinished Nation” The Progressive Era


Place a few notes from the documentary about each of these areas:


Documents the progressive era, a period of major reform efforts reacting to the changes brought on by industrialization and urbanization of the Industrial Revolution.


women’s suffrage-



labor reform –






monopoly reform-



African Americans-






women’s social status-


“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazurus

Posted in Immigration, Uncategorized on January 28, 2019 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!”

Review Sheet for AP/SUNY US History Midterm Review Sheet 2017

Posted in Test Things on January 21, 2019 by mrkufs

THE APUSH/SUNY MIDTERM will be Thursday, January 24th at 8:00 AM in the LGI for the 50 M/C questions, 1 Short Answer and 1 Long ESSAY.  Any conflicts must be communicated to me.  

*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.

Seven Factors on why the United States Emerged as an Industrial Power

Posted in Industrial Revolution on January 14, 2019 by mrkufs

The US emerged as an industrial power, exceeding its rivals England, France, and Germany by 1900 with 4% growth a year because of SEVEN factors:

Natural Resources

Abundant labor (workers) supply

Population increase w/ sophisticated transportation network

Plenty of capital (money) available

New technology and inventions

Friendly pro-business gov’t policy

Talented entrepreneurs who knew that the opportunity to get money for their work was in America

Industry Video

Posted in Industrial Revolution, Uncategorized on January 14, 2019 by mrkufs

Brief American Industrial Revolution Introduction Video

Posted in Industrial Revolution on January 14, 2019 by mrkufs

Snow Day! Here is your work, APUSH/SUNY students

Posted in African-Americans on January 10, 2019 by mrkufs

Well, you got a snow day!  I will spare you from making you sit through anything live but I need you to finish reading Chapter 17 and understanding questions 7-8-9 and the west, the American Indians and their struggles, and the New South and segregation. We will be finishing this chapter tomorrow.

Then watch the video below and construct a T-chart of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois using it and your notes.

You know, you could start reviewing and studying for the midterm and make use of the day today as well.

Plessy vs Ferguson in 3 Minutes for APUSH/SUNY Students

Posted in African-Americans, Uncategorized on January 8, 2019 by mrkufs

I made a three minute video below on the landmark Supreme Court case in 1896 of Plessy vs Ferguson. It talks about the decision to uphold separate but equal. This led to another 58 years (until Brown vs Board of Education in 1954) of legal Jim Crow laws of segregation.

The West by Ken Burns

Posted in Last West, Uncategorized on January 8, 2019 by mrkufs

Sitting Bull and Little Big Horn Video

Posted in Last West on January 8, 2019 by mrkufs

Reconstruction Video and Questions

Posted in Reconstruction on January 2, 2019 by mrkufs


How did the Southerners view the Reconstruction Era?

How many African slaves were free? _____ million

What years were the Reconstruction Era from? ______-______

What did Lincoln’s Plan allow?

What did Lincoln’s successor Johnson declare about the Southerners?

How did the Radical Republicans in Congress react?

What was sharecropping?

What were laws called Black Codes about?

What did the 13th Amendment do?

What did the 14th Amendment guarantee?

What did the Freedman’s Bureau do?

What did the 15th Amendment do?

How many districts were set up to be ruled by the military in the South? _____

What did Congress say that President Johnson violated? _____________ of _____________ Act

Who was the first black US Senator? ________ ____________

Southern sympathizers of the Reconstruction effort who were-anti-secessionists? ________________

Northerners who came South to profit from Reconstruction were called? ________________

What did the Ku Klux Klan do?

What brought an end to Reconstruction?

DBQ essay DUE on January 2nd, Wednesday

Posted in Civil War, DBQ, Uncategorized on December 16, 2018 by mrkufs

Look on PAGE 315 of your AMSCO book.  There will you find a DBQ on the steps to the Civil War.  There are 7 documents and you are expected to use and label each of them in their usage like (Doc 1) this.  The essay should have a clear thesis statement in the introduction paragraph and should read like this:

Perhaps this type of thesis statement works the best: “Civil War was inevitable because of extremism on both sides, inept government from compromises that didn’t solve the issue to useless Presidents of the 1850’s, and mistakes made in the 1780’s in the Constitution.


I will be available to help with this Eagle Mod December 17th and 18th!





APUSH Homework over Christmas Break:

Posted in Civil War, Reconstruction on December 13, 2018 by mrkufs
  1. Answer multiple choice on Page 285-287 1-8 WITH a ONE sentence explanation of why you picked it—to be collected.
  2. The DBQ- Due January 2nd
  3. READ and ANNOTATE ALL of Chapter 15.  Expect a QUIZ on Wednesday, January 2nd when we return.

1860 ELECTORAL MAP-Lincoln Wins!

Posted in 1850's on December 6, 2018 by mrkufs


Two Minute Dred Scott Video

Posted in 1850's, Civil War on December 5, 2018 by mrkufs