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AP U.S. History Study Guides
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Chronological Survey of U.S. History
The study guides on this page contain
“illustrative examples” for significant topics found in the AP® United States History Curriculum Framework. Students should use these study guides as a starting point for identifying the type of information they need to know for each time period. Students should note that the AP U.S. history exam requires much more than just "knowing" historical information. Students must be able to use historical information in applying historical thinking skills to an analysis of primary and secondary source documents. The ability to apply historical thinking skills to historical knowledge must then be demonstrated in answering both multiple choice and short answer questions, as well as writing argumentative essays for a document-based question and a standard "long" essay question.

Themes in U.S. History
The College Board has identified seven themes in U.S. history to help students connect major historical issues to broad historical developments. The documents below provide information from the AP® United States History Curriculum Framework for each of the seven themes.

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