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AP U.S. History flashcards to help you ace the exam.

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U.S. History is a rich tapestry of events, places, people, and dates, which makes for excellent fireside conversations... but rather challenging exams because you have to remember so much information. Without a doubt, the best possible study tool for tackling content-heavy subjects like AP U.S. History (APUSH) is Brainscape’s flashcards.

Our collection of 1,100+ smart, subject-certified flashcards provide the fastest, most efficient way to learn for one of the most demanding AP courses! And they’re aligned with the CED and the official College Board U.S. History syllabus, covering everything you need to know from the pre-Columbian period to modern times.

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History textbooks, though essential, aren’t exactly known to be compelling reading. In fact, they’re practically a metaphor for boring. But Brainscape has taken the entire curriculum and distilled it down into bite-sized question-and-answer flashcards that’ll help you ingrain the necessary facts to take on this notoriously challenging exam.

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Created by a team of top APUSH experts, and tested by students who recently scored a 5 on their own AP U.S. History exam, this course:

  • Contains over 1,154 cards across 27 decks.
  • Offers an efficient review of the most important US History facts and concepts at your fingertips.
  • Helps you learn the context and significance of critical historical events.
  • Targets those issues tested most frequently on prior exams.
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Decks in this class (27)

Pre-Columbian Societies
Before Columbus’s arrival, the Americas were home to several vibrant civilizations. This deck describes the Indian empires of Mesoamerica, the southwest, and the Mississippi River Valley.
10  cards
Colonial Beginnings, 1492-1690
The English, French, Dutch, and Spanish each engaged in significant colonial efforts. This deck describes their attempts to establish permanent outposts in the New World, the arrival of the settlers, Jamestown and Plymouth Bay, and the birth of religious liberty in British North America.
54  cards
Colonial North America, 1690-1754
During the 16th and 17th centuries British North America continued to expand, developing its own economy and political institutions. This deck covers the early period of the American colonies.
31  cards
American Revolution, 1754-1789
Beginning with the French and Indian War, this deck describes the growing American resistance to British rule, the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and the establishment of the United States as one nation.
58  cards
Early Republic, 1789-1815
The new American nation was beset by difficulties both at home and abroad. This deck covers the Presidencies of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison.
85  cards
Antebellum America: Economy
This deck describes the changes in the American economy in the years before the Civil War, as it was transformed by new inventions, proto-industrialization, and efforts to increase trade.
36  cards
Antebellum America: Politics
As the Era of Good Feelings ended, the American political scene in the antebellum period was dominated by the struggle between the Jacksonian Democrats and the Whigs. This deck reviews the rise of judicial federalism, tariff controversies, the struggle for states’ rights, and the Bank War.
41  cards
Antebellum America: Society
This deck covers the religious and cultural developments in Antebellum America, including Evangelical protestant revivalism, social reforms, ideals of domesticity, and the rise of a uniquely American form of artistic and literary expression.
42  cards
Manifest Destiny
New immigrants and the search for greater opportunities drove America’s great push westward. This deck describes Americans' belief in a Manifest Destiny, the Mexican American War, and interactions with Indian tribes west of the Mississippi River.
28  cards
Crisis of the Union
In the decade before the Civil War, America faced new struggles, sectionalism, tensions over slavery, and efforts to digest the lands acquired in the Mexican American War. This deck covers the period from the Compromise of 1850 to the election of Abraham Lincoln.
51  cards
Civil War
This deck reviews the specific events, military strategies, and sociopolitical and economic effects of the Civil War, and includes the drive towards Emancipation.
42  cards
Beginning with the plans of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, this deck describes Northern attempts to remake the South and ensure African American civil rights. The deck concludes with the presidential election of 1876 and the removal of the last federal troops from the South.
36  cards
Origins of the New South
This deck describes the efforts of Southerners to rebuild their economy and offset African American civil and political advances in the years after Reconstruction.
13  cards
Development of the West: Late 1800s
During the second half of the 19th century, the American Frontier pushed westward, driven by farmers, cattlemen, and the railroad. This deck covers the beginnings of federal regulation, the rise of the Grangers and Greenback Parties, and the push for Free Silver.
41  cards
Industrial America: Late 1800s
In this deck, the problems and promises of early modern industrial America are explored, including political corruption, economic opportunity, and technological advancement.
43  cards
Urban Society: Late 1800s
This deck describes the final decades of the 19th century; the birth of Populism, the rising influx of immigrants, efforts at governmental reform, and the cultural achievements of the period.
45  cards
Populism and Progressivism
Covering the period between the Spanish American War and Woodrow Wilson’s election, this deck spans 1898-1912, covering the rise of the muckrakers, Teddy Roosevelt’s administration, and attempts to counter the monopolies.
71  cards
America as a World Power
American efforts to remain neutral in World War I, the subsequent involvement of the U.S. in European affairs, and the failure of Wilson’s efforts to get Senate approval for the League of Nations are the focus of this deck.
29  cards
The New Era: 1920s
The 1920s was the Jazz Age, a mix of the Lost Generation with those who perceived a bright new future of American prosperity. This deck describes the Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover Administrations, evolving American standards of morality, and the cultural influences of the 1920s.
44  cards
Great Depression and New Deal
The Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression provided the impetus for Franklin Roosevelt’s unprecedented expansion of the federal government. This deck describes domestic affairs and foreign policy during Roosevelt’s first two terms in office.
70  cards
World War II: Home & Abroad
Involvement in the Second World War, both abroad and on the home front, signaled vast changes in American culture and values. This deck covers early American involvement in the War through the conflict’s end in 1945.
43  cards
United States & Early Cold War
In the post-WWII world, America faced a new enemy in the Soviet Union. This deck describes the beginnings of Cold War tensions, and efforts to rebuild Europe and Japan.
49  cards
The 1950s
Popularly viewed as an idyllic time in American history, the 1950s saw the beginnings of the civil rights movement, continued struggles with the Soviet Union, and the rise of the military-industrial complex. This deck describes the foreign and domestic issues facing the country during the Eisenhower years.
34  cards
The Turbulent 1960s
The election of John F. Kennedy seemed full of promise to many Americans, but the decade saw tumultuous domestic upheavals, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the struggle for civil rights and American involvement in Vietnam. This deck covers events from Kennedy’s inauguration through Johnson’s Great Society.
53  cards
Late 20th Century & Watergate
While President Nixon’s foreign policy efforts earned praise from admirers and critics alike, the Watergate Scandal tarnished the Presidency, and America entered a period of economic malaise. The administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter are described, covering the period from 1968-1979.
42  cards
Reagan Era & End of Cold War
Elected in 1980, President Ronald Reagan promised Morning in America. This deck details the birth of the conservative movement, Reagan’s foreign and domestic policies, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the Persian Gulf War.
36  cards
Post-Cold War United States
Although the post-Reagan era is not a significant part of the AP U.S. History exam, this deck provides an overview of the Clinton and Bush Presidencies as America worked to define itself as the world's sole superpower.
27  cards

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