The following are outlines of each of the chapters of The National Experience: A History of the United States, Eighth Edition. (See full citation below.) Each begins with a “short outline,” that is a list of the names of each of the sections, and then the complete outlines. These are the product of hours of work throughout the year; I estimate that I spent approximately a total of 5-7 hours reading and outlining each chapter, which would come to a total of about 210 hours.
For practice on this material, I highly recommend the website historyteacher.net.
Please do not read the outlines instead of the textbook! You will not do well! These outlines are intended for review and study purposes, not as a substitute for the textbook. Any outline is by nature a summary, and therefore does not contain all the information you need to know. I recommend you outline the book yourself, and use my outlines as study tools. However, when studying for the AP, reading over these outlines might come in handy, because rereading the textbook would be unreasonable. This is where the short outlines come in handy: to remind you what is in each chapter.
If you find any mistakes or have any suggestions for improvement, please email me, and I will correct them.
|Chapter 1.doc||1. Making Use of a New World|
|Chapter 2.doc||2. The Pattern of Empire|
|Chapter 3.doc||3. The First American Way of Life|
|Chapter 4.doc||4. The Second Discovery of America|
|Chapter 5.doc||5. An American People|
|Chapter 6.doc||6. Establishing National Institutions|
|Chapter 7.doc||7. Jeffersonian Republicanism|
|Chapter 8.doc||8. Nationalism and Economic Expansion|
|Chapter 9.doc||9. Politics for the Common Man|
|Chapter 10.doc||10. An Era of Reform|
|Chapter 11.doc||11. Expansion and Sectional Crisis|
|Chapter 12.doc||12. America at Midcentury|
|Chapter 13.doc||13. Destruction of the Union|
|Chapter 14.doc||14. The Civil War|
|Chapter 15.doc||15. Reconstruction|
|Chapter 16.doc||16. The New South: Reunion and Readjustment|
|Chapter 17.doc||17. The New West: Empire within a Nation|
|Chapter 18.doc||18. The Ordeal of Industrialization|
|Chapter 19.doc||19. The Urban Society|
|Chapter 20.doc||20. Stalemate, Agrarian Revolt, and Republican Triumph, 1877-1896|
|Chapter 21.doc||21. Empire Beyond the Seas|
|Chapter 22.doc||22. The Progressive Movement and the Square Deal|
|Chapter 23.doc||23. Progressivism: Retreat and Resurgence|
|Chapter 24.doc||24. War and Its Sequel|
|Chapter 25.doc||25. A New Age of Business|
|Chapter 26.doc||26. The End of an Era|
|Chapter 27.doc||27. The New Deal|
|Chapter 28.doc||28. The Decay of Peace|
|Chapter 29.doc||29. The World in Flames|
|Chapter 30.doc||30. The Cold War|
|Chapter 31.doc||31. Consolidation and Conflict|
|Chapter 32.doc||32. Reform and Revolt|
|Chapter 33.doc||33. The Presidency Rebuked and Restored|
|Chapter 34.doc||34. Tides of Conservatism|
|Chapter 35.doc||35. Toward the Twenty-First Century|
I hope you find my outlines useful as you prepare for the AP exam. Good luck!
Outlines Copyright © 2007-2008 Louis A. Pisha
Based on: Blum, John M.; McFeely, William S.; Morgan, Edmund S.; Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr.; Stampp, Kenneth M. The National Experience: A History of the United States. Eighth Edition. Forth Worth: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, © 1993.