A.P. United States History: Course Readings

General Course Resources

Unit 1: American Origins, 1491-1820

Howard Zinn, "Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress" (1980)

Textbook  Accounts of Native-European Encounters

  • David Muzzey,  excerpt from History of the American People

  • Thomas Bailey, excerpt from The American Pageant

  • Mary Beth Norton, et. al., excerpt from A People & A Nation

Daniel Richter, "Living With Europeans" (2001)

Encounters Between American Indians and Europeans

  • 1.1. Excerpt of Diary of Christopher Columbus, 1492.

  • 1.2. Excerpt of Letter from Amerigo Vespucci, 1502.

  • 1.3. Excerpt of Letter from Hernan Cortes to Emperor Charles V, 1520.

  • 1.4. John White's Watercolor Drawings of American Indians, ca. 1590.

  • 1.5. Jan van der Straet, "Discovery of America," ca. 1657-89.

  • 1.6. Thomas Morton Describes the Indians of New England, 1637.

  • 1.7. Johannes Megapolensis Describes the Mohawk Indians, 1644.

  • 1.8. Jaques Marquette Reports on Live and the Illinois Indians, 1675.

Peter Mancall, "Imperial Rivalries" (2016)

Spanish Colonization in North America

  • 1.9. Excerpts from the Law of the Indies, 1573.

  • 1.10. Map of Tenochtitlan [Present Day Mexico City], 1524.

  • 1.11. Two Letters from Father Junipero Serra, 1775.

  • 1.12. Captain F.W. Beechey Describes Spanish Missions, 1831.

  • 1.13. Selections from a Series of Casta Paintings, ca. 18th century

Timothy Foran, "The French Fur Trade in North America" (2017)

English Colonization (Part 1): Regional Diversity in British North America

  • 1.14. Passengers on Ship America from London to Virginia, 1635.

  • 1.15. William Bradford, Mayflower Passenger List, 1620.

  • 1.16. Richard Frethorne Writes About Virginia, 1623.

  • 1.17. John Winthrop's Sermon Aboard the Arbella, 1630.

  • 1.18. William Penn Describes His Colony, 1683.

Statistics: Life in the Chesapeake and New England Colonies

Maps: Colonial North America

Gary Nash, "The Transformation of European Society" (1992)

English Colonization (Part 2): Anglicization and Americanization

  • 1.19. Henry Care, excerpt from English Liberies, 1685.

  • 1.20. John Locke, excerpt from Second Treatise of Government, 1689.

  • 1.21. Nathaniel Bacon's Declaration of Rebellion, 1676.

  • 1.22. Boston Declaration of Grievances, 1689.

  • 1.23. Excerpts from the Secret Diary of William Byrd II, ca. 1709-1712.

  • 1.24. The Albany Plan of Union, 1754.

  • 1.25. Benjamin Franklin, "Join, or Die," 1754.

Eric Foner, "Creating Anglo-America and the Struggle for Empire" (2014)

T.H. Breen, "'Baubles of Britain' and the American Revolution" (1988)

Pauline Maier, "The Road Towards Revolution" (2018)

English Colonization (Part 3): The Imperial Crisis, 1763-1776

  • 1.26. Stamp Act Teapots, ca. 1760s.

  • 1.27. "To the Ladies," ca. 1767-69.

  • 1.28. Political Cartoons of the Imperial Crisis, ca. 1774-76.

  • 1.29. Thomas Paine, excerpt from Common Sense, 1776.

  • 1.30. John Dickinson, Speech to the Continental Congress, 1776.

Timeline: The American Revolution and Early Republic

U.S. Founding Documents

  • 1.31. Declaration of Independence, 1776.

  • 1.32. Articles of Confederation, 1777.

  • 1.33. Constitution of United States of America, 1787.

  • 1.34. Bill of Rights, 1789.

Howard Zinn, "A Kind of Revolution" (1980)

Gordon Wood, "Radical Possibilities of the American Revolution" (1992)

Creating a Nation: Sources from the Early Republic

  • 1.35. James Peale, General George Washington at Yorktown, ca. 1782.

  • 1.36. The U.S. Capitol Building and the Roman Pantheon.

  • 1.37. Benjamin Rush, "Thoughts Upon Female Education," 1787.

  • 1.38. Noah Webster, Dissertation of the English Language, 1789.

  • 1.39. Dr. Charles Mitchell, "A New Name for the United States?" 1803.

Woody Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (2007)

Federalists and Republicans Shape a New Nation

  • Background Essay: Alan Taylor, "Federalists and Republicans"

  • 1.40. Thomas Jefferson, Notes on State of Virginia, 1781.

  • 1.41. Alexander Hamilton, select writings, ca. 1790-91.

  • 1.42. Thomas Jefferson, "Constitutionality of National Bank," 1790.

Unit 2: American Paradoxes, 1607-1877

Unit 3: American Dreams, 1865-1945

Unit 4: America in the World, 1776-2016

Unit 5: Fighting for America, 1945-present

 
 

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