Archive for September, 2016

Actors Recite the Declaration of Independence

Posted in American Revolution on September 28, 2016 by mrkufs

A gripping read of America’s most powerful words. From Mel Gibson to Whoopi Goldberg-Hollywood reads the Declaration of Independence.

Liberty Kids- Second Continental Congress

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2016 by mrkufs

Boston Massacre

Posted in American Revolution with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2016 by mrkufs

This print by Paul Revere passed along all the colonies. It portrayed a scene where it looked like the British guards were a firing squad-which was not exactly the truth. This is really a first example of propaganda in America.The Boston Massacre during the American Revolution

Steps to Revolution Video

Posted in American Revolution, Colonial on September 22, 2016 by mrkufs

This explains in 11 minutes the steps to the American Revolution.  Follow the events and dates.

APUSH Period 3-Seven Years War Mr. Kufs Video

Posted in American Revolution, Colonial on September 22, 2016 by mrkufs

Key Concept 3.1- Britain’s victory over France in the Imperial Struggle for North America led to new conflicts among the British government, the North American colonists, and American Indians, culminating in the creation of a new nation-the United States.

Long Essay Intro Paragraph- DUE Monday, September 26th

Posted in Colonial on September 21, 2016 by mrkufs

Period 2 (UNIT 2): Long-Essay Question


Essay Instructions

Directions: Write a coherent, well-supported introduction paragraph with a valid thesis statement on the following question.

Although both were largely settled originally by people of English origin, Massachusetts Bay and the Chesapeake Region by 1700 had evolved into two distinct (unique and different) societies. Why did this difference in development occur?

Albany Plan of Union

Posted in Colonial with tags , , , , on September 21, 2016 by mrkufs
English: This political cartoon (attributed to...

English: This political cartoon (attributed to Benjamin Franklin) originally appeared during the French and Indian War, but was recycled to encourage the American colonies to unite against British rule. Description taken from File:Joinordie.jpg uploaded by User:Lies5150. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Albany Plan of Union was a proposal to create a unified government for the Thirteen Colonies, suggested by Benjamin Franklin, then a senior leader of 48 and a delegate from Pennsylvania, at the Albany Congress in July 1754 in Albany, New York. More than twenty representatives of several northern and mid-Atlantic colonies had gathered to plan their defense related to the French and Indian War, the front in North America of the Seven Years War between Great Britain and France. The Plan represented an early attempt to form a union of the colonies “under one government as far as might be necessary for defense and other general important purposes.”

Source: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Second Edition. Yale University Press, 1964. pp. 209-210

“Sinners At The End of An Angry God”

Posted in Colonial on September 20, 2016 by mrkufs

Jonathan Edwards described in 2 minutes about his sermon and contribution to the Great Awakening in the 1740’s.

Achievements of Benjamin Franklin

Posted in Colonial on September 19, 2016 by mrkufs

Benjamin Franklin: Achievements & Contributions


Hand Swim Flippers (1720)
1st US Copperplate Press (’27)
Pennsylvanian Stove (1741)
US Political Cartoons (’47/’54)
Electric Storage Battery (1749)
Lightning Rod (1751)
Flexible Urinary Catheter (’52)
4-Paned Street Lamp (1756)
Phila. Streets Paved (1756)
24-Hr., 3-Wheeled Clock (’57)
Glass Armonica (1762)
Gulf Stream (1st named & described correctly, 1769)
Smokeless Coal Stove (1771)
Postal Odometer (1775)
Bifocals (1784)
Daylight Saving Time (1784)
Long Arm, Library Chair & Fanning Rocking Chair (’86)
Improved Copy Machine (’86)

Major Documents

Albany Plan of Union (1754)
Articles of Confederation (’75)
Decl. of Independence (1776)
PA’s 1st Constitution (1776)
Treaty of Paris (1781-1783)
US Constitution (1787)
Institutions Co-Founded
The Junto (1727)
Library Company (1731)
Union Fire Co. (1st in US, ’36)
Amer. Philosophical Soc. (’43)
PA Hospital (1st public hospital in US, 1751)
Academy of PA (now, University of PA, 1751)
Phila. Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire (oldest extant in US, ’52)
PA Militia (now, PA National Guard, 1764)
Phila. Soc. for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons (’87)

Honors, Hon. Degrees

Copley Medal, Royal Society (London, 1753)
M.A.’s, Harvard & Yale (1753)
Fellow, Royal Society (London, 1756)
M.A., Wm & Mary (1756)
Ph.D, Univ. of St. Andrews (Scotland, 1759)
D.Civ.Law, Oxford (1762)
Member, Royal Academy of Sciences (Paris, 1772)
Member, Royal Academy of History (Madrid, 1784)
Member, Imperial Academy of Sciences & Arts (St. Petersburg, 1789)

Offices Held

Clerk, PA Assembly (1736-1751)
Deputy Postmaster-Gen’l of Philadelphia (1737-1753)
Member, Phila. City Council (1748-1751)
Member, PA Assembly (1751-1764)
Deputy Postmaster-General of (British) North America (1753-1756)
PA Delegate to Albany Congress (1754)
Co-Postmaster Gen’l of (Br.) North America (1756-1774)
Lobbyist for PA, GA, NJ. MA w/ British Gov’t (1757-1774)
Speaker, PA Assembly (1763)
Postmaster-General of the United Colonies (1775-1776)
PA Delegate: 2nd Continental Congress (1775-1776)
US Ambassador to France (1776-1785, official in 1778)
President of PA Executive Council (now, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1785-1788)
PA Delegate: Constitutional Convention (1787)
President of Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, and the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage (1788-1790)
Author: Andrew Connally, Historian

Great Place for AP US Outlines!

Posted in Test Things on September 16, 2016 by mrkufs

Jamestown from the History Channel

Posted in Colonial on September 13, 2016 by mrkufs

This is a webpage with clips about the FIRST, PERMANENT ENGLISH SETTLEMENT in the NEW WORLD in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

The Institution of Slavery in Colonial America and Why It Grew So Rapidly

Posted in Colonial on September 13, 2016 by mrkufs

Slave population grew RAPIDLY in colonial America, particularly in the South.  By 1750, half of Virginia’s population and 2/3 of South Carolina’s were slaves.  The rooting of the institution of slavery was of far greater importance than that of mercantilism.

The Three Factors of Why There Was An Increased Demand for Slavery:

1.  Reduced Migration-wages in England improved.

2.  Dependable Work Force- Large plantation owners were disturbed by the political demands of small farmers and indentured servants like Bacon’s Rebellion.

3.  Cheap Labor- As tobacco prices fell, rice and indigo became profitable.  To grow successfully they needed the cheapest of labor.

Slaves came to America via the Triangular Trade (see photo) via Africa.

Instructions for SUNY/OCC Registration

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2016 by mrkufs

CCNow Online STUDENT Reg Directions (7-2015)

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

Posted in 9/11/01 on September 11, 2016 by mrkufs

The Alan Jackson classic “Where were you” set to images from that fateful day of September 11, 2001.

Final Phone Call from 9/11/01

Posted in 9/11/01 on September 11, 2016 by mrkufs

Interview with the woman who talked to September 11, 2001 hero Todd Beamer before he uttered the now famous words, “Let’s Roll.”

September 11th, 2001 Essay

Posted in Test Things on September 7, 2016 by mrkufs


“Why was September 11th, 2001 a significant event in United States History and how did it change the United States?”

Gilder Lehrman Study Guide Videos

Posted in Period Review, Test Things on September 6, 2016 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.