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Archive for August, 2009

FRQ Examples, Rubrics

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

FRQ Examples (with rubrics) from the AP College Board

Every APUSH FRQ since 1971



Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

98 Pages of terms and definitions complied by my beloved 2009-2010 APUSH class

A list of 1,600 terms from apstudent.com

AP USH Course Description

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Here is the 174 page course manual for APUSH. It offers a course description as well as a truncated sample exam. You need not read the whole thing. But peruse the sample exam, pages 140-170. Maybe even take it as a pretest.

Here is the truncated version (2 pages). Please read this carefully and come to class with at least two questions, two comments, and one concern, all written one sheet of paper.

Zinn: Columbus, The Indians and Human Progress

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress

Reading response sheet


Why We Must Ration Health Care

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much?

Read Singers’ take on the rationing debate

Retreat from Reconstruction: the Grant Era and Paths to “Southern Redemption”

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

This lecture opens with a discussion of the myriad moments at which historians have declared an “end” to Reconstruction, before shifting to the myth and reality of “Carpetbag rule” in the Reconstruction South. Popularized by Lost Cause apologists and biased historians, this myth suggests that the southern governments of the Reconstruction era were dominated by unscrupulous and criminal Yankees who relied on the ignorant black vote to rob and despoil the innocent South. The reality, of course, diverges widely from this image. Among other accomplishments, the Radical state governments that came into existence after 1868 made important gains in African-American rights and public education. Professor Blight closes the lecture with the passage of the 15th Amendment, the waning radicalism of the Republican party after 1870, and the rise of white political terrorism across the South.

Ever wanna go to Yale? Well here ya go. Watch and learn.

How Is America Going To End? Five steps to totalitarian rule.

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

As Hitler and Mussolini prepared to storm Europe, fascism began to generate interest in the United States. In Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here, an American president uses an economic crisis as a pretense to take over the media, imprison dissenters, and build his own private army (the Minute Men) into an indomitable force.

Read on from Slate

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all.

From the Guardian

Michael Pollan On Cooking As A Spectator Sport

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

The Food Network draws more viewers than any of the cable news channels, but Americans are actually cooking less than ever.

Michael Pollan’s Out of the Kitchen in The New York Times Magazine explores America’s obsession with cooking as a spectator sport — and why the rise of cooking shows has coincided with the rise of fast food and prepackaged meals.

As Pollan points out, the time it takes the average American to prepare dinner has dropped to less than half the amount of time it takes to watch an episode of Top Chef.