America Becomes a World Power Part 2

Posted in Imperialism on February 9, 2016 by mrkufs

America Becomes a World Power Part 1

Posted in Imperialism on February 9, 2016 by mrkufs

John Green Imperialism

Posted in Imperialism on February 8, 2016 by mrkufs

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

Posted in Gilded Age, Uncategorized on February 4, 2016 by mrkufs

“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazurus

Posted in Immigration, Uncategorized on January 28, 2016 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!”


Industry Video

Posted in Industrial Revolution, Uncategorized on January 27, 2016 by mrkufs

Review Sheet for AP/SUNY US History Midterm Review Sheet 2016

Posted in Test Things on January 21, 2016 by mrkufs

THE APUSH/SUNY MIDTERM will be Tuesday, January 26th for the 40 M/C questions and Wednesday, January 27th for the ESSAY.  Any conflicts must be communicated to me asap and will take place Eagle Mod on Monday, January 25th or Tuesday, January 26th.  

*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.

Booker T. Washington vs. WEB DuBois

Posted in African-Americans on January 14, 2016 by mrkufs

Booker T

Brief American Industrial Revolution Introduction Video

Posted in Industrial Revolution on January 14, 2016 by mrkufs

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

Posted in Industrial Revolution on January 14, 2016 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

APUSH/SUNY Students:

Posted in African-Americans, Uncategorized on January 13, 2016 by mrkufs

So my snow day prediction was correct. Enjoy! But before you do so-get out Chapter 17 and your 9 questions. Finish the questions and prepare for a quick quiz tomorrow on it. Then start going through the terms sheet, making certain you know all of them.

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 11, 2016 by mrkufs

Last West/American Indians/New South/Farmers Quiz

Posted in Last West on January 8, 2016 by mrkufs

Last West/American Indians/New South/Farmers Quiz

A quiz from Amsco Chapter 17.

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

Posted in African-Americans on January 8, 2016 by mrkufs

Sitting Bull and Little Big Horn Video

Posted in Last West on January 8, 2016 by mrkufs

John Green Explains Reconstruction

Posted in Reconstruction, Uncategorized on January 6, 2016 by mrkufs

Reconstruction PBS Documentary

Posted in Reconstruction on December 23, 2015 by mrkufs

  1. What did Johnson do differently than Lincoln?
  2. What was a “Black Code?”
  3. What law did Andrew Johnson veto?
  4. What was the Congressional Response and WHY?
  5. Who led the Radical Republicans and why?
  6. What was the 14th Amendment?


APUSH Homework over Break:

Posted in Civil War, Reconstruction on December 21, 2015 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. READ and ANNOTATE ALL of Chapter 15.  Expect a QUIZ on Monday, January 4th when we return.

Gettsyburg Address

Posted in Civil War on December 17, 2015 by mrkufs

The Gettysburg Address recited. It gives a clue as to Lincoln’s true objective of the war.

Civil War Causes and Conclusions in 4 Minutes

Posted in Civil War on December 14, 2015 by mrkufs

A really quick look at the causes and conclusions of the American Civil War


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