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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.



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!”

Industry Video

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

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

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!





Video on Compromise of 1850 to the tune of “Shake It Off”

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

Population Density Map 1860

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

Railroads by 1860

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

Causes of Civil War

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

Mexican War in 3 Minutes

Posted in Manifest Destiny, Uncategorized on November 29, 2018 by mrkufs

The Reform Tradition of 1830’s-60’s-Part 1

Posted in Reform, Uncategorized on November 15, 2018 by mrkufs

Election of 1824 and 1828

Posted in Andrew Jackson, Uncategorized on November 14, 2018 by mrkufs


APUSH Review Chapter 7-8-9 Amsco Video

Posted in Sectionalism, Uncategorized on November 13, 2018 by mrkufs

110-118 Essential Questions on the 1790’s

Posted in 1790's, Uncategorized on October 22, 2018 by mrkufs

From reading pages 110-118, answer these essential questions:

1. Explain how Washington organized the Executive Branch in detail:

2. What was the Federal Court System?

3. What were the three parts of Hamilton’s Financial Program?
i. _________________
ii. _________________
iii. _________________
4. Who opposed Hamilton’s Financial Program and why?
5. What was the struggle over the National Bank?
6. Describe Americans role in the French Revolution:
7. Detail the following:
a. Proclamation of Neutrality-
b. “Citizen” Genet-
c. The Jay Treaty-
d. The Pinckney Treaty-
DOMESTIC (here at home) AFFAIRS:
8. Detail the following:
a. American Indian issues:
b. Whiskey Rebellion and how was it handled differently than Shays’?

9. Describe the origins of the first two Political Parties?
10. What was Washington’s Farewell Address and its parts of advice?

11. Detail the XYZ Affair:
12. What were the Alien and Sedition acts? Describe…
13. Describe the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions:
14. Describe the Election of 1800 including candidates, results, and transfer of power.

Welcome Back, Jefferson

Posted in 1790's, Uncategorized on October 21, 2018 by mrkufs

Saratoga/Valley Forge/Yorktown

Posted in American Revolution, Uncategorized on October 9, 2018 by mrkufs

Saratoga 1777 and the Battles in NY

Posted in American Revolution, Uncategorized on October 9, 2018 by mrkufs

Liberty Kids- Second Continental Congress

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2018 by mrkufs