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?

Reconstruction Questions

Posted in Reconstruction, Uncategorized on December 20, 2017 by mrkufs

HOMEWORK for Christmas Break:  Read and annotate ALL of Chapter 15 on the Reconstruction.  Then, to be collected on January 2nd, answer the following questions:

  1. Explain in detail Lincoln’s policy of amnesty and reconstruction.
  2. What is the Wade-Davis Bill?
  3. What did Johnson’s reconstruction plan do differently than Lincoln’s?
  4. What was a “Black Code?”
  5. What law did Andrew Johnson veto?
  6. What was the Congressional Response and WHY?
  7. Who led the Radical Republicans and why?
  8. What was the 14th Amendment?
  9. Explain in detail Johnson’s Impeachment.

Work DUE MONDAY December 18th

Posted in Civil War, Uncategorized on December 12, 2017 by mrkufs

AP/SUNY Civil War short answer questions for a quiz grade

Directions- Complete the following questions using AMSCO

I:  Explain the events of Gettysburg/Vicksburg/Sherman’s March and how they led to the end of the Civil War:

II:  Election of 1864- explain it in detail.

III. How did the Civil War end?  (Grant outlasted Lee but explain and summarize)

IV: What were the effects of the Civil War on civilian life-summarize?  Talk in detail about details of civilian life, political change, the draft, and the political dominance of the north. (279-280)

V:  In detail, explain what the economic change was following the war in regards to financing the war and the modernization of the northern economy.

VI: Economic Change During the Civil War (pg 281 AMSCO)- Explain 4 major ones.

VII: Discuss women at work during the war and the end of slavery.


Gettsyburg Address

Posted in Civil War on December 11, 2017 by mrkufs

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

“A House Divided”

Posted in Civil War on December 11, 2017 by mrkufs

NOTE: I enjoyed this when I was in high school! And it was OLD then 🙂 It is now over 50 years old but still good.

One of the greatest informative documentaries summarizes the Civil War. WARNING-Black and White.

Civil War Causes and Conclusions in 4 Minutes

Posted in Civil War on December 11, 2017 by mrkufs


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

1860 ELECTORAL MAP-Lincoln Wins!

Posted in 1850's on December 7, 2017 by mrkufs


Causes of Civil War

Posted in 1850's, Uncategorized on December 5, 2017 by mrkufs

Two Minute Dred Scott Video

Posted in 1850's, Civil War on December 4, 2017 by mrkufs

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

Posted in 1850's, Uncategorized on December 4, 2017 by mrkufs