APUSH Thematic Review

THEMATIC REVIEW #1
Journey of Hope: Great Migrations and the
Transformation of America
A review of various groups who moved to, from, and within the United States adapted to their new social and physical environments and transformed North America.

THEMATIC REVIEW #2
Blood and Thunder: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
A review of the  collision course between Euro-Americans and the indigenous people of the continent, from the early interactions at English settlements on the Atlantic coast, through successive centuries of encroachment and outright warfare.

THEMATIC REVIEW #3
Many Rivers to Cross – The Shaping of an African American Identity
A review of African American history and culture, from Slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Great Migrations through Segregation, the Civil Rights Movement

 THEMATIC REVIEW #4
Remember the Ladies: Travails and Triumphs of Gender Activism
Explain how activist groups and reform movements, such as antebellum reformers, civil rights activists, and  social conservatives,  have caused changes to state institutions  and  U .S. society

THEMATIC REVIEW #5
Revivals, Awakenings, and Reforms
A review of active agents for change in the United States through celebrated revivals, awakenings, and reform movements that were born in times of cultural stress and helped create and sustain a national identity in a changing world.

THEMATIC REVIEW #6
Life of the Party: The Origin and Transformation of American Political Parties
A review of the development of American political parties–from their origins in the 1790s through  political cycles, key elections realignments that shaped our political system.

THEMATIC REVIEW #7
Party Crashers: The Impact of Independent Political Movements
Independent Political Movements have used third parties to advance some of the most important changes in the United States, notably the abolition of slavery, the extension of voting rights, and the advancement of civil rights.

 THEMATIC REVIEW #8a  [Quick Check ]
Art of the Deal: Legislative Conflict and Compromise
A checklist of key stages of American history, with complicated political and economic compromises surrounded the question of race, each one managing it for a time but, despite the hopes of many, never settling it once and for all—not even by dint of a horrendously destructive civil war

 THEMATIC REVIEW #8b  [Quick Check ]
Roll Call: Key Legislative Landmarks
Congress isn’t always mired in gridlock, squabbling, and scandal.  Crises such as the looming Civil War, the Great Depression, and the civil rights movement have sparked “the people’s representatives” to pass some of the nation’s boldest legislation.  Whether products of bipartisan cooperation or bitter struggle, these then acts of Congress have built America. –

THEMATIC REVIEW #9                                                                                                 
Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States
A review of economic history, beginning with pre-colonial era, through the development of different economic and labor systems, advances in technology, and the role government policy have shaped American society

THEMATIC REVIEW #10
Judicial Advocates: Court Debates and Decisions that Shaped the Nation
A review  of court debates over judicial power to controversial rulings in the past regarding slavery, racial segregation, and abortion, as well as more current cases about school prayer, the Bush/Gore election results, and “enemy combatants.

THEMATIC REVIEW #11
Hail to the Chief:  Presidential Domestic Polices and Programs
A review of the policies and strategies of six key Presidents whose constitutional power to command the armed forces and lead the executive branch showcased their varying styles, personalities, and beliefs, shaping our developing nation.

THEMATIC REVIEW #12
War and Peace:  Foreign Relations from 1776 to 2001
A review of key U.S. presidential doctrines that advanced American interest through such policy goals as isolation, interventionism containment, engagement, de-entanglement, and securing the regional concerns to address fundamental aspects of U.S. national security

THEMATIC REVIEW #13
Grand Expectations: Presidential Since World War II [1945 to 2015]
A review of  the complexities of America’s evolving foreign policy agenda from the aftermath of World War II through the years of decolonization, Cold War maneuvering, and European unification in an increasingly multipolar and interconnected world..

 THEMATIC REVIEW #14
The Write Stuff: Books that Shaped The American National Identity
A review of powerful and persuasive books, pamphlets and papers that literally change the very society they came from  and profoundly impacted society.

 Start your review by answering some key questions related to the titles and subtitles of the thematic review topics listed below. I posed a couple of starter questions for the first two topics

Journey of Hope: Great Migrations and the Transformation of America
A review of various groups who moved to, from, and within the United States adapted to their new social and physical environments and transformed North America.

a. Why did I choose Journey of Hope” as the title?

b. What of some other notable internal of international migrations you studied in class?

c. What impact did those migrations patterns have on the environment , the individual and the development of the American Identity?

Blood and Thunder: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
A review of the  collision course between Euro-Americans and the indigenous people of the continent, from the early interactions at English settlements on the Atlantic coast, through successive centuries of encroachment and outright warfare.

a. Why did I choose “Blood and Thunder” as the title?

b. How would you characterize early interaction with European settlers?

c. What did I choose to use the word encroachment in the subtitle?  Think of three illustrative examples that justify the use of that word

d. Warfare ties into the “Blood and Thunder” tittle. Think of three illustrative examples that justify the use of that word combination

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