Archive for January, 2018

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!”

APUSH Period 1-9 Gilder Lehrman

Posted in Test Things, Uncategorized on January 23, 2018 by mrkufs

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

Posted in Industrial Revolution on January 16, 2018 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 16, 2018 by mrkufs

Brief American Industrial Revolution Introduction Video

Posted in Industrial Revolution on January 16, 2018 by mrkufs

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

Posted in Test Things on January 10, 2018 by mrkufs

THE APUSH/SUNY MIDTERM will be Thursday, January 25th 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.

Plessy vs Ferguson in 3 Minutes for APUSH/SUNY Students

Posted in African-Americans, Uncategorized on January 9, 2018 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 9, 2018 by mrkufs

Page 311 #5 Amsco- Long-Essay DUE on Wednesday, January 10th

Posted in Reconstruction on January 9, 2018 by mrkufs


Due on January 11- Compare and contrast the efforts for and against the increasing of guarantees for equal rights for all during Reconstruction.

Make sure that you have an introduction paragraph with a CLEAR thesis statement and body paragraphs that back it up, along with a brief conclusion.

Amsco Chapter 15 will have most of what you need for helpful information along with our discussions, videos, and class notes.



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

Posted in African-Americans on January 9, 2018 by mrkufs

Sitting Bull and Little Big Horn Video

Posted in Last West on January 9, 2018 by mrkufs

Reconstruction Video and Questions

Posted in Reconstruction on January 1, 2018 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?