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Advanced Placement®
United States History

By John J. Newman & John M. Schmalbach | Grades 10–12

Equip your students to excel on the current AP® United States History Exam


  • correlated to eight themes as the previous "Culture and Society" theme has been divided into two themes—"American and Regional Culture" and "Social Structures"
  • updates put recent political events in context, including events since 2016
  • an in-depth Introduction familiarizes students with historical thinking skillsreasoning processes, and course themes
  • divided into nine Units (chronological periods), the text mirrors the structure of the 2019 AP U.S. History Course Exam Description and reflects the effort to focus on trends rather than isolated facts
  • students are provided with scaffolded guidance through a step-by-step development guide which explains how to answer the four question types—MCQs, SAQs, LEQs, and DBQs—on the exam
  • end-of-chapter assessments include eight source-based multiple-choice questions and four sets of short-answer questions for review of the chapter and practice using AP historical thinking skills
  • each Think As a Historian feature focuses on one of the history reasoning processes tested on the AP exam
  • Historical Perspectives feature at the end of each chapter introduces conflicting interpretations about significant historical issues 
  • the chapter conclusion features a thematically-organized list of key terms, people, and events reflecting the College Board focus on asking students to identify themes, not just events
  • chapter assessments include eight multiple-choice items, each tied to a source as on the new AP exam, and even more high-quality short-answer questions using secondary sources, matching a change to the exam
  • unit reviews offer comprehensive practice and insight into the long-essay and document-based questions found on the AP exam 
  • includes a complete practice exam with a revised exam format based on the 2019 Course Exam Description
  • the Answer Key correlates each question to the College Board Curriculum Framework

Answer Key is sold only to educators and shipped to school or district addresses only. A verified classroom purchase of the student edition (print or digital) is required. Please contact Customer Service at (800) 831-4190 to order by credit card.


John J. Newman, Ed.D.


John J. Newman, Ed.D., served as an Advanced Placement® U.S. History teacher and the Department Coordinator of Art, Foreign Language, and Social Studies at Naperville North High School, Naperville, Illinois. He continued his career as Adjunct Professor of History at the College of DuPage and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History Education at Illinois State University.


John M. Schmalbach, Ed.D.

John M. Schmalbach, Ed.D., taught Advanced Placement® U.S. History and was Social Studies Department Head at Abraham Lincoln High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He continued his career as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University.

Advanced Placement® is a trademark registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these products.



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