Themes in AP United States History American Diversity Globalization The diversity of the American people Engagement with the rest of the world and the relationships among different from the 15th century to the present: groups. The role of race, class, ethnicity, colonization, mercantilism, global and gender in the history of the United hegemony, development of markets, States. imperialism, cultural exchange. American Identity Politics and Citizenship Views of the American national Colonial and revolutionary legacies, character and ideas about American American political traditions, growth of exceptionalism. Recognizing regional democracy, and the development of the differences within the context of what it modern state. Defining citizenship; means to be an American. struggles for civil rights. Culture Reform Diverse individual and collective Diverse movements focusing on a broad expressions through literature, art, range of issues, including anti-slavery, philosophy, music, theater, and film education, labor, temperance, women’s throughout US history. Popular culture rights, civil rights, gay rights, war, and the dimensions of cultural conflict public health, and government. within American society. Religion Demographic Changes The variety of religious beliefs and Changes in birth, marriage, and death practices in America from prehistory to rates; life expectancy and family the 21st century; influence of religion patterns; population size and density. on politics, economics, and society. The economic, social, political effects of immigration, internal migration, and Slavery and Its Legacies migration networks. in North America Systems of slave labor and other forms Economic Transformations of unfree labor (e.g. indentured Changes in trade, commerce, and servitude, contract labor) in Native technology across time. The effects of American societies, the Atlantic World, capitalist development, labor and and the American South and West. The unions, and consumerism. economics of slavery and its racial dimensions. Patterns of resistance and Environment the long-term economic, political, and Ideas about the consumption and social effects of slavery. conservation of natural resources. The impact of population growth, War and Diplomacy industrialization, pollution, and urban Armed conflict from the pre-colonial and suburban expansion. period to the 21st century; impact of war on American foreign policy and on politics, economy, and society.
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