Study Guides for Every AP US History Unit

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Jordyn Haynes

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Study Guides for Every AP US History Unit

Studying for the AP US History Exam? We’ve compiled  list of study guides for every unit so you can focus on studying and not waste any time looking for resources!
The APUSH course covers the entirety of US History: from the early days of Cahokia to the Revolutionary War, to the Gilded Age, World Wars, and beyond! Now I know what you’re thinking…that’s a lot of information, but that’s where this list comes in! Below you’ll find a collection of study guides and quick tips that puts everything you need to know all in one place.
These guides were produced by our team of teachers and students who have passed the exam. They include all that you need to get a 5 on the exam, keep reading for more!
Please note! Due to the COVID outbreak, the 2020 exam only covers units 1-7. Find the 2020 exam schedule, learn tips & tricks, and get your frequently asked questions answered on Fiveable's Guide to the 2020 AP Exam Updates.

Period 1: 1491-1607

🔥Quick Tip: Don’t stress too much about this unit as it only makes up a small percentage of the exam, but do make sure to have a strong understanding of Native interactions with Europeans and how European exploration impacted the Americas.

Period 2: 1607-1754

🔥Quick Tip: Pay attention to regional differences and similarities, these will shape the development of the colonies and their different points of view later on in the course.

Period 3: 1754-1800

🔥Quick Tip: Note the development of an American Identity as it will be a major continuity throughout the course. This is a turning point because previously, colonists adhered to distinctly British culture, but here we see Americans begin to form a culture of their own that will greatly influence society and politics late on.

Period 4: 1800-1848

🔥Quick Tip: This period contains A LOT of developments socially, politically, and economically. Make sure you know all of these and can compare/contrast them to each other and show continuities and changes over time!

Period 5: 1844-1877

🔥Quick Tip: Sectionalism is HUGE! Be sure to note the sectional differences between the North and South, the causes behind them, and how they impacted debates on slavery.
5.12 Comparison in Period 5 Check out this live stream replay🎥: Period 5 Review

Period 6: 1865-1898

6.6 The Rise of Industrial Capitalism
🔥Quick Tip: There are many developments and conflicts associated with labor, immigration, and migration in the Gilded Age. Make sure you know these, how they all relate to each other, and the impacts each had on  the American society, government, and economy.

Period 7: 1890-1945

7.15 Comparison in Period 7 🔥Quick Tip: A good bit of America’s activity is on the world stage in this period. Study how America interacts with other countries through War and Diplomacy. This Period also sees extreme economic highs and lows. Familiarize yourself with economics in this period from the Great Depression to Post War economic developments.

Period 8: 1945-1980

🔥Quick Tip: The biggest events/ideas to know in this period are the start of the Cold War, the Eisenhower Era, political and social changes in the 1960s, and stagnation in the 1970s!

Period 9: 1980-present

9.7 Causation in Period 9  🔥 And that’s all! If you want additional exam prep or more in-depth review, check out free live stream replays on app.fiveable.me.
Browse Study Guides By Unit
🌽Unit 1 – Interactions North America, 1491-1607
🦃Unit 2 – Colonial Society, 1607-1754
🔫Unit 3 – Conflict & American Independence, 1754-1800
🐎Unit 4 – American Expansion, 1800-1848
💣Unit 5 – Civil War & Reconstruction, 1848-1877
🚂Unit 6 – Industrialization & the Gilded Age, 1865-1898
🌎Unit 7 – Conflict in the Early 20th Century, 1890-1945
🥶Unit 8 – The Postwar Period & Cold War, 1945-1980
📲Unit 9 – Entering Into the 21st Century, 1980-Present
🚀Thematic Guides
🧐Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
📋Short Answer Questions (SAQ)
📝Long Essay Questions (LEQ)
📑Document Based Questions (DBQ)
📆Big Reviews: Finals & Exam Prep
✍️Exam Skills (MC, SAQ, LEQ, DBQ)

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