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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 the 2019 course exam description framework in the areas of historical thinking skills, reasoning processes, themes, and content
  • updates put recent political events in context, including events since 2016
  • includes more short-answer questions that use secondary sources, matching a change to the 2020 exam
  • numerous high-quality primary sources offer students opportunities to analyze historical evidence, identify historical significance, and evaluate credibility
  • an in-depth Introduction familiarizes students with historical thinking skillsreasoning processes, and course themes
  • divided into nine Units (chronological periods), and eight themes, 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
  • Think As a Historian features focus on one of the historical thinking skills or reasoning processes tested on the AP exam
  • Historical Perspectives features at the end of each chapter address how historians have interpreted historical events in diverse ways 
  • 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 set 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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  1. Advanced Placement United States History, 2020 Edition

    Advanced Placement United States History, 2020 Edition

    John J. Newman AND John M. Schmalbach

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