AP US History


First, welcome you to your junior year at Foothill. What a year and a half it has been - right? As we prepare for your junior year, we have put together a little care/study package that will help us get a jump on the enormous amount of material we must cover during the upcoming year, and also allow us to balance the workload during the school year. Make no mistake, Junior year will be much more difficult than any other you’ve seen, but we will definitely attempt to make things go as smooth as possible. Hopefully we’ll have an enjoyable year, a great learning experience & do well on the AP Exam.

Concerned, Stressed, Anxious? - Don’t be. Whether you are a first time AP student or this is one of many you have planned on taking during your
high school career, we are both (Mr. Namba and Mr. Waibel) very well versed in helping prepare you for the rigor that the class demands. It is, of
course, natural to be concerned going into any AP class. That being said, please minimize your stress and anxiety as best as you can because we are
here to help you. Feel free to contact us at or (Don’t wait until the last second – we don’t check
email 24/7) if you have questions about the reading and/or the class.


Over the course of the school year, we will be using various resources, readings, videos, etc that will help you learn the material. It is strongly
encouraged that you begin the process this summer of looking into the best resources for you that help supplement the reading requirements of the
class. For starters, we are asking that you begin reading the early chapters (Chapter 1 thru 3) of our main textbook, The American Pageant, 17th
Edition. This material can be found here;

Chapter 1 - New World Beginnings                      Chapter 2 - The Contest for North America                      Chapter 3 - Settling the English Colonies

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Please note - These readings are more similar to college-level text.  It is strongly encouraged that you use take notes as you read material to help you comprehend the material.  We are also providing you with a study guide below that will help you focus in on the material as you read;

Identification: Know the (1) Summary and (2) Significance or contribution to American History

European Explorers

Sir Walter Raleigh

House of Burgesses

William Bradford

Navigation Laws

Spanish N. American Settlements

The Lost Colony

Royal Charter

Thomas Hooker

The Great Puritan Migration

Treaty of Tordesillas



William Penn

The General Court

The Pueblo Revolt

The Starving Time

Indentured Servants

John Winthrop


The Spanish Armada

James Oglethorpe

Act of Toleration

Iroquois Nation

The Mayflower Compact

The ‘Black Legend’

Joint-Stock Company

Virginia Company

The New England Confederation

‘Fundamental Orders

Dale’s Laws (1611)

‘Rights of Englishmen’

Anne Hutchinson

The Dominion of New England

King Philip’s War

Patroonship/Headright System



Sir Edmund Andros

Nathaniel Bacon &                   Bacon’s Rebellion

John Rolfe/John Smith

Slave Codes

Roger Williams

Massachusetts Bay Company/Colony



Potential Essay Prompts to Know for the 1st Exam of the Year (you do not need to complete):

Describe the impact of Europeans on Native American (Indian) cultures and the impact of native cultures on Europeans.  How did Native American relations in particular shape the development of the British colonies?

Explain the role of BOTH religion & British mercantilism in the development of economics, politics & society in Colonial America. Which factor was most influential in shaping pre-Revolutionary America?

In many ways, North Carolina was the least typical of the five plantation colonies.  Describe the unique features of colonial North Carolina and explain why this colony was so unlike its southern neighbors (If you can, compare it to Rhode Island of the Northern Colonies)

In your opinion, which 3 of the 12 colonies founded in the 17th Century made the most significant contributions to the American values of democratic self-government, educational opportunity, religious toleration, social plurality, & economic materialism?  Explain.


Do I have to do this in Summer? When should I read these chapters?

Please do not look at the above and be overwhelmed. All of this is meant as a support for you as you come into class prepared in the fall.  We are available to help you as you navigate through your study of American History and hopefully enjoy the process along the way.  Some may ask, “can I skip this and read it when we start school August 12th?”  The simple answer is ‘yes’.  It is possible to read these three chapters in the first week and be prepared for the first exam at the beginning of the second week.  However, we strongly suggest that you read this thoroughly and slowly so that you get an idea how the book is written.  It will go a long way to helping you carve out the important material that will ensure you understand the class material and ultimately, set you up for success as you try to pass the AP exam in May.