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    Founded by the London Company

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    The headright system began in Jamestown, Virginia as an attempt to solve labor shortages due to the advent of the tobacco economy, which required large plots of land with many workers. legal grant of land to settlers.

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    First assembly of elected representatives of English colonists in North America. The House was established by the Virginia Company, who created the body as part of an effort to encourage English craftsmen to settle in North America and to make conditions in the colony more agreeable for its current inhabitants. Its first meeting was held in Jamestown, Virginia, on July 30.

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    The Mayflower Compact was an agreement of the new settlers arriving at New Plymouth. The settlers knew the the New World earlier had failed due to lack of government, so they used to compact to draw up fair and equal laws for the settlement.

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    Founded by Puritans

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    Founded by John Wheelwright

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    cultural movement of intellectuals in 18th century Europe and the American colonies. Its purpose was to reform society using reason (rather than tradition, faith and revelation) and advance knowledge through science. It promoted science and intellectual interchange and opposed superstition, intolerance and some abuses by church and state.

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    Founded by Lord Baltimore

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    Pequot War

    The Pequot War came to be because the Pequot Indian tribe who were living in Connecticut didn’t like where they were living and they felt like they didn't have enough land.

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    Founded by Thomas Hooker

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    Founded by Roger Williams

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    Sir Edmund Andros and Dominion of New England

    English colonial administrator in North America. Andros was known most notably for his governorship of the Dominion of New England during most of its three-year existence. At other times, Andros served as governor of the provinces of New York, East and West Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. Andros' tenure in New England was authoritarian and turbulent, as his actions were viewed as pro-Anglican, damaging criticism in a region home to many Puritans.

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    Founded by Peter Minuit and New Sweden Company

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    The Fundamental Order of Connecticut was a written document that allowed elected representative from each town to make the laws. This was many for the pilgrims who were being mistreated and decided to leave Massachusetts and and colonize new area which is now Connecticut

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    The Maryland Toleration Act, also known as the Act Concerning Religion, was passed in 1649 by assembly of the Province of Maryland mandating religious toleration. The Calverts, who founded Maryland, needed to attract settlers to make the colonial venture profitable. In order to protect the Catholics from the immigrating Puritans and Protestants, the Calverts supported the Act Concerning Religion. The Act allowed freedom of worship for all Christians in Maryland.

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    Navigation Acts

    The English Navigation Acts were a series of laws that restricted the use of foreign shipping for trade between England and its colonies. The Navigation Acts were passed by the English Parliament in the seventeenth century. The Acts were originally aimed at excluding the Dutch from the profits made by English trade. The mercantilist theory behind the Navigation Acts assumed that world trade was fixed and the colonies existed for the parent country.

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    Founded by Virginians

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    Form of partial church membership created by New England.It was promoted in particular by the Reverend Solomon Stoddard, who felt that the people of the English colonies were drifting away from their original religious purpose. First-generation settlers were beginning to die out, while their children and grandchildren often expressed less religious piety, and more desire for material wealth.

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    Founded by Eight Nobles with a Royal Charter from Charles II

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    Founded by Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret

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    Founded by Duke of York

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    King Philip’s War (Metacom)

    King Phillips War was an armed conflict betweenthe Native Americans and the English Colonists. This war started because the colonists wanted more land.

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    First rebellion in the American colonies in which discontented frontiersmen took part. Thousand Virginians rose (former indentured servants, poor whites and poor blacks) they resented Virginia Governor William Berkeley's friendly policies towards the Native Americans when Berkeley refused to retaliate for a series of Indian attacks on frontier settlements, others took matters into their own hands, attacking Native Americans and chasing Berkeley from Jamestown, Virginia.

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    Founded by William Penn

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    Overthrow of King James II of England by a union of English Parliamentarians with the Dutch stadtholder William III of Orange-Nassau (William of Orange). William's successful invasion of England with a Dutch fleet and army led to his ascending the English throne as William III of England jointly with his wife Mary II of England.

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    More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil's magic—and 20 were executed. Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. Since then, the story of the trials has become synonymous with paranoia and injustice, and it continues to beguile the popular imagination more than 300 years later.

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    John Peter Zenger Trial

    German-American printer, publisher, editor and journalist in New York City. He was a defendant in a landmark legal case in American jurisprudence that determined that truth was a defense against charges of libel and "laid the foundation for American press freedom."

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    Christian revitalization movement that swept Protestant Europe and British America, and especially the American colonies in the 1730s and 1740s, leaving a permanent impact on American religion. George Whitefield was a very powerful preacher, who marked the start of the great awakening. Revival began with Jonathan Edwards, the leading American theologian of the colonial era and a Congregationalist minister in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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    Founded by James Edward Oglethorpe

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    French and Indian War

    The war was fought primarily between the colonies of British America and New France, with both sides supported by military units from their parent countries of Great Britain and France. The name refers to the two main enemies of the British colonists: the royal French forces and the various Native American forces allied with them.

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    War that was launched by a loose confederation of elements of Native American tribes primarily from the Great Lakes region, the Illinois Country, and Ohio Country who were dissatisfied with British postwar policies in the Great Lakes region after the British victory in the French and Indian War. Warriors from numerous tribes joined the uprising in an effort to drive British soldiers and settlers out of the region.

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    British issued proclamation prohibiting colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains. This was to prevent future hostilities between colonists and Native Americans. The colonist were angry they felt like they deserved the land after the French and Indian War.

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    • Placed duties on foreign sugar and certain luxuries, purpose was to raise money for the crown, and enforcement of the Navigation Acts to stop smuggling

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    • Raise funds to support British military forces in the colonies: required that revenue stamps be placed on most printed paper in the colonies, including all legal documents, newspapers, pamphlets, and advertisement! (First Direct Tax)

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    • This act required the colonists to provide food and living quarters for British soldiers stationed in the colonies

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    • Parliament enacted new duties to be collected on colonial imports of tea, glass, and paper. Money would go to officials. It also provided for the search of private homes for smuggled goods.

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    • Crowd of colonists harassed the guards; people of Boston resented the British troops who had quartered them from being attacked by the Sons of Liberty. Guards fired killing five people; the soldiers were defended by colonial lawyer John Adams and acquitted. Adams’ more radical cousin, Samuel Adams, angrily denounced the shooting incident as a “massacre.”

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    • Political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, a city in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the tax policy of the British government and the East India Company that controlled all the tea imported into the colonies.

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    • Act not intended to raise revenue in the American colonies, imposed no new taxes. The Townshend Acts were still in place, radical leaders in America found reason to believe that this act was a maneuver to buy popular support for the taxes. Colonists in Philadelphia and New York turned the tea ships back to Britain. In Boston the Royal Governor was stubborn & held the ships in port, where the colonists would not allow them to unload. This situation led to the Boston Tea Party.

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    Act was designed to show that Great Britain still controlled the colonies. This act makes some colonists really angry which leads to more disputes in the future.

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    Acts triggered outrage and resistance in the Thirteen Colonies that later became the United States, and were important developments in the growth of the American Revolution. Finally lead to the Revolution as well as the Boston Tea Party.

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    This act garunteed free practice of the Catholic faith, territory was expanded and took over part of the Indian Reserve. This act was inforced due to the actions of the Boston Tea Party.

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    • Known as the shot heard around the world. The colonists won, this was the first battle of the Revolutionary war.

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    Delegrates from the 13 colonies had a meeting in Philadelphia. This meeting started the discussion of what they should do. The Battle of Lexington and Concord were fresh in their thoughts.

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    • Great Britain won this battle. The British troops had better armor and many more people. The colonists were waiting on top of the hill so that they had a better advantage.

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    Adopted by the contenintal congress saying they did not want to go into a full war with Britain.

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    Colonies regarded Great Britain and saw themseves as independent states. Thomas Jefferson wrote the original document.

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    • Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act. This act also said that whatever Great Britain tells colonists to do, they would not have to listen.

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    Written by Thomas Paine, challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain.

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    Independence was a time of many military disasters for the fledgling republic; the first year of its existence was almost its last. New York was the stage for much of the drama that unfolded. This battle was a turning point for the Revoluntary war.

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    Agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitution.

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    One of the last battles of the Revolution. Ended with a surrender of Charles Cornwallis. There his army joined with other British troops and planned an attack. The redcoats pushed Marquis de Lafayette's brigade out of Richmond. However General Sir Henry Clinton stopped the offensive because he criticized Cornwallis's unofficial decision. Clinton ordered Cornwallis to the Chesapeake Bay with instructions to set up a defensive fort.

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    Ended the American Revolution between the British and America. The document was signed by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay. Terms of the treaty, Britain recognized the independent nation of the United States of America, Britain agreed to remove all of its troops from the new nation. Signing the tready means that more land was given to America, meaning more power.

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    • Poor, veteran, farmers, burdened by debt stage a rebellion in Massachusetts that is quickly put down but reveals the weakness of the Articles of Confederation, paving the way for a stronger centralized government (U.S. Constitution).

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    Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising that took place in central and western Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. The rebellion was named after Daniel Shays, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War and one of the rebel leaders.

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    Had the world know that the land next to the Ohio River would become settled and someday became part of the United States.

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    The Constitutional Convention (also known as the Philadelphia Convention,the Federal Convention, or the Grand Convention at Philadelphia) took place from May 25 to September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address problems in governing the United States of America, which had been operating under the Articles of Confederation following independence from Great Britain.

  • The United States Judiciary Act of 1789 was a landmark statute adopted on September 24, 1789 in the first session of the First United States Congress establishing the U.S. federal judiciary. Article III, section 1 of the Constitution prescribed that the "judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court," and such inferior courts as Congress saw fit to establish. It made no provision, though, for the composition or procedures of any of the courts, leaving this to Congres

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    The 1803 case in which Chief Justice John Marshall and his associates first asserted the right of the Supreme Court to determine the meaning of the U.S. Constitution. The decision established the Court's power of judicial review over acts of Congress, (the Judiciary Act of 1789).

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    Alien and Sedition Acts (associate Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions) (1798)
    The Alien and Sedition Acts were four bills passed in 1798 by the Federalists in the 5th United States Congress in the aftermath of the French Revolution and during an undeclared naval war with France, later known as the Quasi-War. They were signed into law by President John Adams.

  • Movement in the United States regarding different religions. Preachers led these movements.

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    The Whiskey Rebellion, or Whiskey Insurrection, was a tax protest in the United States beginning in 1791, during the presidency of George Washington.

  • The heirs of Alexander Chisholm (a citizen of South Carolina) sued the state of Georgia. The Supreme Court upheld the right of citizens of one state to sue another state, and decided against Georgia.

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    The XYZ Affair was a political and diplomatic episode in 1797 and 1798, during the administration of John Adams, that Americans interpreted as an insult from France. It led to an undeclared naval war called the Quasi-War.

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    Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams. The election was a realigning election that ushered in a generation of Democratic-Republican Party rule and the eventual demise of the Federalist Party in the First Party System.

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    The U.S., under Jefferson, bought the Louisiana territory from France, under the rule of Napoleon, in 1803. The U.S. paid $15 million for the Louisiana Purchase, and Napoleon gave up his empire in North America. The U.S. gained control of Mississippi trade route and doubled its size.

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    This act issued by Jefferson forbade American trading ships from leaving the U.S. It was meant to force Britain and France to change their policies towards neutral vessels by depriving them of American trade. It was difficult to enforce because it was opposed by merchants and everyone else whose livelihood depended upon international trade. It also hurt the national economy, so it was replaced by the Non-Intercourse Act.

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    In the last four days of President Thomas Jefferson's presidency, the United States Congress replaced the Embargo Act of 1807 with the almost unenforceable Non-Intercourse Act of March 1809. This Act lifted all embargoes on American shipping except for those bound for British orFrench ports. The intent was to damage the economies of the United Kingdom and France.

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    Macon’s Bill No. 2 (1810)
    restored trade with Britain and France but that if one country agreed to respect neutral rights than the US would prohibit trade with that nation's foe

  • Supreme Court case which protected property rights and asserted the right to invalidate state laws in conflict with the Constitution

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    War of 1812 (1812) a war (1812-1814) between the United States and England which was trying to interfere with American trade with France

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    was the peace treaty that ended the War of 1812 between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The treaty largely restored relations between the two nations to status quo ante bellum. Due to the era's slow speed of communication, it took weeks for news of the peace treaty to reach the United States, well after the Battle of New Orleans had begun.

  • Interpreted Constitution to give broad powers to national government

  • safeguarded property rights, especially of chartered corporations

  • Established that Indian tribes had rights to tribal lands that preceded all other American law; only the federal government could take land from the tribes.

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    The term Corrupt Bargain refers to three historic incidents in American history in which political agreement was determined by congressional or presidential actions that many viewed to be corrupt from different standpoints. Two of these involved resolution of indeterminate or disputed electoral votes from the United States presidential election process, and the third involved the disputed use of a presidential pardon.

  • gave national government jurisdiction over interstate commerce

  • The United States presidential election of 1828 featured a rematch between John Quincy Adams, now incumbent President, and Andrew Jackson, the runner-up in the 1824 election.

  • The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830. The act authorized him to negotiate with the Indians in the Southern United States for their removal to federal territory west of the Mississippi River in exchange for their homelands.

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    The Nullification Crisis was a sectional crisis during the presidency of Andrew Jackson created by South Carolina's 1832 Ordinance of Nullification. This ordinance declared by the power of the State that the federal Tariffs of 1828 and 1832 were unconstitutional and therefore null and void within the sovereign boundaries of South Carolina.

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    Formal declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico in the Texas Revolution. It was adopted at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos and formally signed the following day after errors were noted in the text.

  • The Second Bank of the United States (BUS) served as the nation's federally authorized central bank

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    Treaty resolving several border issues between the United States and the British North American colonies.

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    James K. Polk defeted Henry Clay with a very close election. Polk agreed with Manifest Destiny as well as Texas annexation unlikke Clay.

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    Mexican-American War

    War between American and Mexico. Was about the annexation of Texas and border disputes. America won and got granted more land.

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    One of the major events leading to the American Civil War, would have banned slavery in any territory to be acquired from Mexico in the Mexican War or in the future, including the area later known as the Mexican Cession, but which some proponents construed to also include the disputed lands in south Texas and New Mexico east of the Rio Grande.

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    Called the tready of peace between the Unites States (Texas) and Mexico. Mexico surrendered to the United States.

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    United States bought land from Mexico (which makes up Arizona today) to create a clear boundary.

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    Document written, that described the rationale for the United States to purchase Cuba from Spain while implying that the U.S. should declare war if Spain refused. Cuba's annexation had long been a goal of U.S. expansionists, particularly as the U.S. set its sights southward following the admission of California to the Union.

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    Finantial panic in the United States caused by over-expanding.

  • South Carolina secedes from the union. Although the rest of the states do not reconize that they have seceded.

  • Lincolns Inauguration and Speech took place on March 4th.

  • Abe Lincoln was elected president.

  • The confederacy formed in 1861. The confederacy was made up of mainly southern states.

  • The Union Surrender at Ft. Sumter was the beginning of the Civil War. The confederate won this war that took place in South Carolina.

  • First Battle of Bull Run was that the Confederacy won.

  • The battle of Antietam was fought in Maryland. The winner of the battle was the Union

  • The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by the United States government under the president of Lincoln. ": It proclaimed all those enslaved in Confederate territory to be forever free, and ordered the Army (and all segments of the Executive branch) to treat as free all those enslaved in ten states that were still in rebellion, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S. "

  • The Gettysburg Address is a speech given by Lincoln. The speech was given during the Civil War.

  • The Battle of Nashville was a two day battle. The end result was that the Union won.

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    Treaty ratified by the Senate. Russia, fearing a war with Britain that would allow the British to seize Alaska, wanted to sell. Its major role had been forcing Native Alaskans to hunt for furs for them, along with missionary work to convert them.

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    This document would allow Native Americans to own land.

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    This was the last battle of the American Indian War. This attack left over 150 Native Americans.

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    Second-class pre-dreadnought battleship (launched in 1889, originally classified as an armored cruiser) whose sinking by an explosion, either internal or by a mine, on February 15, 1898 at 9:40 p.m. killing 266, precipitated the Spanish-American War.

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    joint resolution of the United States Congress, in reply to President William McKinley's War Message. It placed a condition of the United States military in Cuba. According to the clause, the U.S. could not annex Cuba but only leave "control of the island to its people."

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    Spanish-American War

    Conflict in between Spain and the United States, effectively the result of American intervention in the ongoing Cuban War of Independence. American attacks on Spain's Pacific possessions led to involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately to the Philippine–American War.

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    Principles initiated by the United States for the protection of equal privileges among countries trading with China and in support of Chinese territorial and administrative integrity.

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    Spanish Americnan war helper, William McKinley beat William Jennings Bryan.

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    Replaced the Teller amendement. Defined the terms with American and Cuba.

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    corollary to the Monroe Doctrine that was articulated by President Theodore Roosevelt in his State of the Union Address. The corollary states that the United States will intervene in conflicts between European Nations and Latin American countries to enforce legitimate claims of the European powers, rather than having the Europeans press their claims directly.

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    Informal agreement between the United States and the Empire of Japan whereby the U.S. would not impose restriction on Japanese immigration, and Japan would not allow further emigration to the U.S. The goal was to reduce tensions between the two powerful Pacific nations.

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    President Roosevelt promised not to seek another term, he persuaded people to vote for William Taft. William Taft won by a majority and the race wasn't even close.

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    NAACP was founded because of the hatred people had for eachother, such as people getting lynched.

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    Mexican Civil War (Revolution)

    Major armed struggle, uprising led by Francisco I. Madero against longtime autocrat Porfirio Díaz, and lasted for the better part of a decade.

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    Woodrow Wilson became president out of 3 other contestants. Different nominational parties were made this election. Wilson is a democrat from New Jersey.

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    Allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean

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    Statute sponsored by Representative William Atkinson Jones that provided the Philippine Islands a "more autonomous government" to prepare the territory for independence.

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    The first red scare was after the first world war. The red scare frightened Americans and Americans believed in spies as well as that there were people who would bomb us (Americans).

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    The time period known as the "red summer" was whenever White Americans started to attack African Americans. Most of the time, the African Americans wouldn't fight back, but sometimes they did.

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    The Harlem Renaissance is the time period when African Americans started a movement. This was a time where dance and jazz started to become popular as well as different paintings.

  • The United States presidential election of 1932 took place in the midst of the Great Depression that had ruined the promises of incumbent President Herbert Hoover to bring about a new era of prosperity.

  • the economic policy of F. D. Roosevelt

  • The atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were conducted by the United States during the final stages of World War II in 1945.

  • President Truman's policy of providing economic and military aid to any country threatened by communism or totalitarian ideology

  • an international organization created in 1949 by the North Atlantic Treaty for purposes of collective security

  • Communist government of mainland China; proclaimed in 1949 following military success of Mao Zedong over forces of Chiang Kai-shek and the Guomindang.

  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    a war between North and South Korea

  • Election won by Eisenhower

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    Supported peasant uprising that attempted to drive all foreigners from China. “Boxers” was a name that foreigners gave to a Chinese secret society known as the Yihequan (“Righteous and Harmonious Fists”). The group practiced certain boxing and calisthenic rituals in the belief that this made them invulnerable.

  • Richmond was the capital of the confederate states. Richmond controlled all the power during this time.


Do you need to memorize dates for APUSH? ›

There will never be a question on the APUSH exam that specifically requires you to remember a date. However, you do need to know the timeline of events to place cause and effect. Plus, you can earn evidence points in your essays for knowing dates.

Which periods are most important in APUSH? ›

Period one and period nine will each account for five percent of the APUSH Exam. The period from 1607-1877 will count for 45 percent of the exam and the period from 1865 to 1980 for another 45 percent of the exam. Yes, periods five and six do overlap, thanks to the Civil War.

Can you study for APUSH in a week? ›

Seven days is not a long time, but if you stay focused and diligent, you can cover all the information you need in order to successfully pass the APUSH exam.

What periods should I study for APUSH? ›

Period 1: 1491–1607 • Period 2: 1607–1754 • Period 3: 1754–1800 • Period 4: 1800–1848 • Period 5: 1844–1877 • Period 6: 1865–1898 • Period 7: 1890–1945 • Period 8: 1945–1980 • Period 9: 1980–Present Within each period, key concepts organize and prioritize historical developments.

Is APUSH a lot of memorization? ›

AP U.S. History covers many years and requires a lot of memorization. It also involves a lot of reading, writing, and critical thinking. In addition to memorizing historical facts and events, you'll need to synthesize and analyze information to present arguments persuasively.

What percent is a 5 on APUSH? ›

What percent is a 5 on AP US History? Based on the 2022 AP score distributions, only 10.8% of students received a 5. Alternatively, you would need to have earned 74.6% of the total available composite points on the AP US exam to score a 5.

Which APUSH unit is the hardest? ›

DBQ stands for Document Based Question and is arguably the most difficult component of the APUSH exam. The DBQ is in the essay-writing section of the exam, where students are expected to write a clear and concise essay that revolves around ten to twelve primary-source documents.

Is APUSH the hardest history class? ›

APUSH is considered moderate difficulty, with class alumnae rating it 5.9/10 for overall difficulty, making it the 11th-most-difficult out of the 28 large AP classes surveyed.

Is whap harder than APUSH? ›

Because of the emphasis placed on details in US History, most people would say that AP US History (or APUSH) is harder than AP World History, but in reality, it depends on your skillset. They're just different.

Is it possible to cram for APUSH? ›

We do not recommend cramming material into your brain in the weeks before the AP exam. Students who score well on the exam are students who have carefully studied U.S. history and have both a breadth and depth of understanding of the material and how to think historically. Take your time.

Is it okay to fail APUSH exam? ›

If you fail or your score on the AP® US History exam is not high enough to receive college credit at the institution of your choice, it is important not to panic! You can retake the AP® US History exam as many times as you choose to achieve a higher score. The exam is given once a year in May.

How many hours of homework is APUSH? ›

The APUSH exam takes 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete and is comprised of two sections: a multiple-choice/short answer section and a a free response section. There are two parts to each section.

Does APUSH look good for college? ›

For many students, AP U.S. History is worth it. Not only can this course prepare you for college-level courses, but it can also help you gain college credit before you graduate high school. If you want to study history in college, this course can help you jump-start your higher education journey.

How can I study for APUSH fast? ›

You must get an early start on preparing for your APUSH exam to avoid cramming. Within the first month of the school year, create flashcards on Quizlet for each unit covered, form study groups with friends, consult our study modules, and take practice exams from the College Board.

What should I do the night before APUSH? ›

The night before you take the APUSH exam, gather your approved test day materials. There is a strictly enforced list of items you can and cannot bring into the exam room, so be sure to consult the official list as you pack for exam day.

What is the easiest AP class? ›

Easiest AP exams by pass rate
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Is APUSH hard to self study? ›

AP US History

Self-studying for APUSH is considered easier than self-studying for most of the other history APs because most American students will already have some background knowledge in US history. The scope of information is also narrower than AP European History or AP World History, so there's less to learn!

What is the average APUSH score? ›

For example, referencing the AP® Student Score Distributions released by the College Board, the mean AP® US History score was 2.76 in 2014, 2.64 in 2015, 2.70 in 2016, 2.65 in 2017, 2.66 in 2018, 2.71 in 2019 and 2.83 in 2020.

What is a 50% on the APUSH exam? ›

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Is a 50% a 5 on the AP test? ›

Is a 50% a 5 on the AP Test? No, if you only answer 50% of the questions correctly on an AP test, you are extremely unlikely to score a 5. As an example, one of the hardest AP exams, AP Physics C: Mechanics, had a 55.6% cutoff to earn a 5 in 2022.

Is a 70 a 5 on AP Exam? ›

Usually, a 70 to 75 percent out of 100 translates to a 5. However, there are some exams that are exceptions to this rule of thumb. The AP Grades that are reported to students, high schools, colleges, and universities in July are on AP's five-point scale: 5: Extremely well qualified.

What is the hardest AP ranked? ›

Hardest AP exams by pass rate
  • AP Calculus AB.
  • AP Chemistry.
  • AP Economics—Macro.
  • AP Economics—Micro.
  • AP English Language.
  • AP Environmental Science.
  • AP European History.
  • AP Government & Politics United States.
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What AP exam has the lowest pass rate? ›

At many high schools, AP Physics is notorious for its difficulty level. In addition, it has the lowest overall pass rate of any AP exam.

Are AP classes harder than college? ›

In general, all AP classes are challenging and the exams are difficult, since they're meant to be at the same level of an introductory college class. That said, we'll explore some factors that could make an AP class and test harder or easier.

Has anyone gotten a perfect score on the APUSH exam? ›

This data reveals that 73.8% of AP US History students scored a 3 or lower and only 10.7% of students scored the maximum score of 5. From this data, it is clear that it takes a one-of-a-kind student to score a 5. In order to score a perfect score on the AP US History Exam, a student needs to earn 140/140 points.

What is the second hardest AP class? ›

Environmental Science:

The second hardest AP class is environmental science, with a passing rate of 53.4%. This class is often known for students underestimating the course. It's 2 hours and 40 minutes exam with 80 MCQs and 3 free-response questions. It provides methodologies, concepts, scientific principles.

What is the easiest AP Social Studies? ›

US Government, Psychology, Human Geography, and Environmental Science tend to be easier since there is comparatively less to cover before the exam.

Is it hard to get a 5 on APUSH? ›

If you're one of the many high school students wondering how to get a 5 on APUSH, exam prep time can be stressful. But even though the test is notoriously difficult, it's 100% possible to get a perfect score!

Is it easy to get a 3 on APUSH? ›

A 3 on the exam is passing. This counts as being “qualified” for college credit - it's still possible you can get credits for the class! You shouldn't be upset with this score - you still did better than a lot of people who took the test! Sure, it's not the highest score you can get… But it's still pretty good.

Is a C+ in APUSH bad? ›

No, not really. Some schools would consider it in the B range in a regular class. Some AP teachers will tell you that they can usually predict the test results of the AP test based on the grade: an A is a 5 on the test, a B is 4, a C is 3 and so on.

Is a 2 on the APUSH exam good? ›

This score is usually not accepted by colleges unless there are extenuating circumstances. A 2 means that you may have studied hard and prepared; however, something may have gone amiss while taking your exam.

Do colleges look at failed AP tests? ›

Colleges won't see your scores, and you won't miss out on any opportunities. So, even if you are unsure if you'll pass, it's a good idea to opt to take an AP course.

Do colleges care if you fail an AP class? ›

Basically, nothing happens if you fail an AP exam. Whether you get a passing or failing AP exam grade, you can still go to college. Colleges do not take a look at the AP exam as the only a criterion for accepting or rejecting a student.

Will bad AP scores hurt me? ›

If you're struggling with an AP course or not doing quite as well as you like, there's no doubt you were wondering if AP scores affect admission. Thankfully, you don't have to worry. It's still absolutely beneficial to do well on the exam, but it won't hurt your chances of admission.

Is 10 aps a lot? ›

For students aiming for the Ivy League and Top 20 schools in the United States, a good target is to take (and pass) 10-14 AP classes throughout your high school career — or 3-4 each year.

Which AP class gives the most homework? ›

To my knowledge the AP history courses tend to have the greatest volume of work, but the AP sciences are often conceptually more difficult (especially Physics).

Is APUSH time consuming? ›

#3: Check Your Class Schedule

AP US History is a time-consuming class, so you should consider your schedule to make sure you aren't overloading yourself by adding it into the mix. If you're taking other challenging AP classes at the same time, be prepared for a daunting workload.

Do colleges accept 3 on APUSH? ›

Colleges are generally looking for a 4 (“well-qualified”) or 5 (“extremely qualified”) on the AP exam, but some may grant credit for a 3 (“qualified”). These scores mean you have proven yourself capable of doing the work in an introductory-level college course.

Do colleges care more about AP or honors? ›

Many state colleges like to see applicants with honors classes, as it shows commitment and determination. The country's most prestigious schools, such as Ivy League institutions, usually prefer AP classes on transcripts. These standardized courses can help schools compare applicants more directly.

What AP classes do colleges like best? ›

If you are going for the most competitive colleges, you should take the toughest core courses available at your school—including AP English Literature and/or Language, Calculus or Statistics (or both!), US, World, or European History, and at least one of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).

Can you study for an AP exam in 2 days? ›

It's entirely possible to study for an exam in just a handful of days. All you need is a solid plan.

Is a week enough time to study for an AP exam? ›

You need to give yourself enough time to review all the course material and practice each question type before the AP exam day. Plan on giving yourself at least one to three months to properly study the material before the AP exam.

How do I ace my APUSH test? ›

You need to learn to attack questions methodically and to plan your answers before putting pencil to paper. Carefully analyze the question, thinking through what is being asked, and identify the elements that must be addressed in the response. Each AP Exam asks different types of questions about each subject.

What period is most on the APUSH exam? ›

These are shown below. Period one and period nine will each account for five percent of the APUSH Exam. The period from 1607-1877 will count for 45 percent of the exam and the period from 1865 to 1980 for another 45 percent of the exam.

How do I pace myself on the APUSH exam? ›

Pace yourself about one minute per question

There are 55 questions on the multiple-choice section, and it's timed at 55 minutes, we recommend you spend one minute per question. However, there will be some questions you can immediately ace, and then some that will take more time.

How do you memorize dates for AP Art History? ›

Break Numbers Down

Sometimes, memorizing dates can be as simple as leaving off the first two digits. If you are studying a particular time period, you already know in which century the events took place. Even though it might not seem like it, breaking it down to just two numbers can make memorization much easier.

How long should APUSH homework take? ›

There will be a homework assignment every night, including weekends. It should take you between 20 minutes - 1 hour depending on how fast you read and how often you check your phone. Should I take APUSH Seminar?

What do I need to know before my APUSH test? ›

Students should be familiar with the Great Depression era, including the New Deal and the reaction to the program. World War II topics, including diplomacy, Pearl Harbor and what was happening on the home front during the war are also important to know when studying for the APUSH exam.

Is it OK to fail the APUSH exam? ›

If you fail or your score on the AP® US History exam is not high enough to receive college credit at the institution of your choice, it is important not to panic! You can retake the AP® US History exam as many times as you choose to achieve a higher score. The exam is given once a year in May.

Is AP Art History the hardest AP? ›

AP Art History is considered moderate difficulty, with class alumnae rating it 5.3/10 for overall difficulty (the 14th-most-difficult out of the 28 large AP classes surveyed). The pass rate is about average vs other AP classes, with 61% graduating with a 3 or higher.

Do historians memorize dates? ›

You might have studied names, dates, and events and tried to remember them. Historians do not do this, at least not as a memorization exercise.

Is it hard to get a 5 on AP Art History? ›

Although that number may seem small, achieving a 5 on this APAH exam is most definitely possible with the correct approach. To get a 5 on the AP Art History exam, there are a few key skills to perfect and a set of 250 artworks you need to know!

What is the hardest unit in APUSH? ›

DBQ stands for Document Based Question and is arguably the most difficult component of the APUSH exam. The DBQ is in the essay-writing section of the exam, where students are expected to write a clear and concise essay that revolves around ten to twelve primary-source documents.

Is getting an A in APUSH hard? ›

AP US History (APUSH) is considered moderate difficulty, with class alumnae rating it 5.9/10 for overall difficulty (the 11th-most-difficult out of the 28 large AP classes surveyed). The pass rate is much lower than other AP classes, with 48% graduating with a 3 or higher.

What is the hardest AP class? ›

Physics 1

This class combines physics, scientific inquiry, and algebra. AP Physics 1 is considered one of the hardest AP classes, covering topics like Newtonian mechanics and electrical charge and force. Students also spend about 25% of their class time performing college-level lab experiments and writing reports.

Do most people pass the APUSH exam? ›

Less than 50% of students pass the AP U.S. History exam with a score of 3 or higher. Compared to the average pass rate for all AP exams — about 66% — that's a good bit lower.

How do I ace my APUSH exam? ›

You need to learn to attack questions methodically and to plan your answers before putting pencil to paper. Carefully analyze the question, thinking through what is being asked, and identify the elements that must be addressed in the response. Each AP Exam asks different types of questions about each subject.

Do colleges care if you fail AP Exam? ›

Colleges will not look at your score

According to the College Board, over 75% of admissions officers surveyed said that a poor AP score would have no impact on an application. If you are still worried that your college may be off put by a low score, you can opt not to send your AP score.


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