UNIT I – NATIVES, SETTLEMENT, AND COLONIAL AMERICA
I. In class during the first meeting
Syllabus distribution and presentation (in-class)
Assignment: handout - What Is History? Quotation analysis and discussion (in-class)
II. 20,000 years in three pages
Textbook and Packet Distribution – Pre-Columbian Americaand Exploration
Discussionand in-class competition
III. The Coming of the English
The American Pageant(hereafter referred to as “Text”, Preface (first two paragraphs only, pp 27-33)
Your text book was written specifically for high school students enrolled in the AP US History class. The language and style are readable, and the book is largely organized chronologically. This first text assignment is typical of most daily reading assignments: approximately 6-8 pages in length.
How did Virginians overcome the handicaps encountered in their initial settlement? Explain.
IV. TheSouthern Colonies
Text pp 35-41(all), 74-76 (1st paragraph)
In what ways doesslavery define the settlement of the early southern colonies? Which are seeming exceptions to the rule?
V. New England
Text pp 46-53 (1st column), 80-84 (first column)
Are early NewEngland colonies theocracies? Explain.
VI. Middle Colonies
Text pp 56-62 (all), 64-66
According to yourtext, “the middle colonies were in many respects midway between New England andthe southern plantation group”. Howso? How are they unique?
VII. Life inColonial America
Text 76-77, 84-86; David M. Kennedy and Thomas Bailey’s The American Spirit(hereafter referred to as “Spirit”) Fontaine (72-73),Mather (81-83), Mittleberger (88-90), De Crevecoeur (90-92)
What evidence ofclass structure in early America is illustrated by these readings? Is it uniform among the three primaryregions?
VIII. Mercantilism and America
Text pp 55-56, 93-96 (1st section), 127-129 (1/21st column); Spirit 136-137 (Smith)
Should Britain’s mercantile policy towards its American colonies be considered a success or failure? Why?
IX. The Enlightenment, Religion, and Politics
Text pp 97-104 (1/2 1st column), Spirit 93-94(Franklin), 94-96 (Edwards)What where the social consequences of the Great Awakening? In what ways did Puritan religious doctrines lend themselves to thesupport of later political thought?
UNIT II- THE REVOLUTIONARY ERA
I. The Contest for Empire
What role do the American colonies play in the struggle for empire between the British and the French?
II. The Watershed Treaty of Paris
Text 120-124; Spirit 112-113 (Parkman)
How does the French and Indian War illuminate the differences between the Americans and the British?
III. The Cracks widen
Text 126-127 (1st column), 129-136 (1st paragraph)
What amount of taxation is considered reasonable? Were the colonies acting petulantly in their responses to the Stamp Act?
IV. Toward Independence
Text 136-139, 142-144, 146-152
Are the various causes of colonial discontent legitimate?
V. From Grievances to War
Spirit 130-132 (Franklin), 139 – 140 (cartoons), 141-142 (Leonard), 142-143 (Henry)
Class Debate: Who is more to blame for the deteriorating relationship between the British and her American colonies?
VI. The War against the Redcoats
Text 154-155 (Makers of America – The Loyalists), 156-160 (3rd paragraph), 162-166
Can loyalists during the Revolution be considered a persecuted minority? Why or why not?
VII. Revolutionary Diplomacy and the Treaty of Paris part deux
Text 160-161, 166-168; Spirit 172-173 (Adams), 173-174 (Deane)
Who are the “winners” and “losers” of the American Revolution?
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