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Historical Time Period Breakdown

Page history last edited by Mr. Hengsterman 12 years, 1 month ago

 

APUSH Thematic Review
Historical Periods

 

By the time you are ready to take the Advanced Placement (AP) test in May, you will have been bombarded by hundreds of facts and dates.  In this blizzard of information, it is possible to lose track of the broad delineations of U.S. history.  On the AP test, however, there will often be essay question or multiple-choice questions that refer to a historical period rather than to a set of specific years.  Unless you are familiar with the labels for these eras, you may misinterpret or incorrectly answer a question that you could otherwise easily master.

 

The following chart presents the major historical periods of U.S. history.  In addition, it identifies events that roughly marked the beginning and ending of the era.  You might review the chart by looking at a list of events (perhaps in the index of your primary textbook) and placing them in their appropriate historical period.  This will help you develop a stronger chronological sense and decrease the likelihood of encountering unfamiliar time references on the AP test.

 

PERIOD

DATE

EVENTS MARKING BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS

Colonial Period

1607-1763

  1.  Jamestown founded
  2. French and Indian War ended

Revolutionary Period

1763-1783

  1. England ended salutary neglect
  2. Treaty of Paris signed ending Revolution

Confederation Period

1781-1789

  1. States surrender their western land claims
  2. Constitute ratified

Era of Good Feelings

1815-1824

  1. War of 1812 ended
  2. Election of 1824

Jacksonian Era

1828-1848

  1. Andrew Jackson elected president
  2. Mexican War ended/James Polk leaves office

Antebellum Period

(South before Civil War)

1793-1861

  1. Cotton gin invented/rise of slavery
  2. Civil War started

Reconstruction Era

1865-1877

  1. Civil War ended
  2. Compromise of 1877

Gilded Age

1868-1901

  1. Ulysses Grant elected president
  2. Assassination of William McKinley

Progressive Era

1901-1917

  1. Square Deal began
  2. America entered the Great War

New Deal Era

1933-1939

  1. Franklin Roosevelt began his presidency
  2. World War II began in Europe

Fair Deal Era

1945-1953

  1.  
  2. Korean War divided nation/Truman retired

New Frontier/Great Society Era

1961-1968

  1. John Kennedy became president
  2. Vietnam War divided nation

 

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