AP US History: Exam Prep

This AP U.S. History: Exam Prep course prepares you to take the AP United States History exam. Watch U.S. history video lessons and learn presidential policy, Revolutionary War battles, important political figures, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online video courses. 

About the Course

Learn about prominent events and figures that shaped U.S. history through this online course, which can help you prepare for the AP U.S. History exam. Our professional educators have developed short, engaging video lessons that range in topic from the Revolutionary War and early presidential politics to the Civil War and social reform. Self-assessment quizzes, which allow you to gauge your knowledge of U.S. history, accompany each video. This course also includes tips on writing a strong essay on the AP U.S. History exam. Passing the AP exam can earn you college credit.

Course Topics

First Contacts (2800 BCE-1821 CE)Learn about the earliest people on the North American continent, including both indigenous tribes and the explorers who met them.
Settling North America (1497-1732)Explore the first settlements in the New World and the colonies that resulted.
The Road to Revolution (1700-1774)Understand the policies and figures that contributed to the movement for independence from Britain.
The American Revolution (1775-1783)Learn about the famous battles and documents involved in America's war for freedom.
The Making of a New Nation (1776-1783)Explore the newly-formed American government's legislation, policies, and crises.
The Virginia Dynasty (1801-1825)Understand the terms of the early presidents and the politics involved in their elections and policies.
Jacksonian Democracy (1825-1850)Learn about Andrew Jackson and his political views on the common man.
Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861)Explore the characteristics of a society divided over slavery and the events leading up to the Civil War.
Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)Understand the American desire to claim the continent and the conflicts that arose from this ideal.
Sectional Crisis (1850-1855)Learn about the legislature, politics, and fights that immediately predate the outbreak of the Civil War.
American Civil War (1861-1865)Explore important battles and figures in the war between the North and the South.
Reconstruction (1865-1877)Understand how America regrouped and moved forward after the Civil War.
Industrialization and Urbanization (1870-1900)Learn about the impact of the Industrial Revolution in America and the social movements associated with the period.
The Progressive Era (1900-1917)Explore the social activism and political reform movements associated with turn-of-the-century America.
American Imperialism (1890-1919)Understand how America exerted force and interacted with other countries during its rise to prominence.
The Roaring 20s (1920-1929)Learn about the social and political movements in the 1920s, including prohibition and the Harlem Renaissance.
The Great Depression (1929-1940)Explore the infamous stock market crash and how America dealt with the resulting economic depression.
World War II (1941-1945)Understand America's involvement in WWII and learn about the battles that happened in different parts of the world.
Post-War World (1946-1959)Learn about the state of the world after WWII and what American life was like in this period.
The Cold War (1950-1973)Explore the perceived threat of communism and how America reacted to the strengthening Soviet Union.
Protests, Activism, and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)Understand the social activism of the post-war period, including the civil rights movement and student activism.
The 1970s (1969-1979)Learn about Nixon, Ford, and Carter and how their presidencies affected the nation.
The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992)Explore Ronald Reagan's politics and how conservatism became the prevailing mode in this era.
Contemporary America (1992-2013)Understand the politics and events that shaped the 90s and the beginning of the new millennium in America.
Portions of the AP U.S. History ExamLearn about multiple-choice questions and the two types of essays you'll encounter on the exam.
How to Write a Good Essay on Your AP ExamExplore methods for writing well, crafting strong arguments, and forming a solid thesis.
Developing and Writing Your AP Exam EssayUnderstand how to use your time wisely to write an effective, well-developed, clear essay on the exam.

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