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Advanced Placement®
United States History, 4th Edition

By John J. Newman & John M. Schmalbach | Grades 10–12

All-new edition structured and written to follow the current AP® Course and Exam Description


  • Content topics provide the core narrative of U.S. history organized into short, focused sections.
  • Numerous high-quality primary sources offer students opportunities to analyze historical evidence, identify historical significance, and evaluate credibility.
  • Students are provided with scaffolded guidance through a step-by-step development guide which explains how to answer the four question types—MCQs, SAQs, LEQs, and DBQs—on the exam.
  • Questions based on AP® Exam formats
      • 87 sets of multiple-choice questions 
      • 87 sets of short-answer questions 
      • 66 long essay questions 
      • 7 document-based questions 
      • 1 complete practice test modeled on the AP® Exam 
  • Features to develop skills tested on the AP® Exam 
    • 9 Think as a Historian features focus on historical thinking skills and reasoning processes 
    • 9 Write as a Historian features build writing skills for answering the long essay questions and document-based questions 
    • 9 Historical Perspectives features present diverse views of historians 
  • Answer Key correlates each question to College Board Curriculum Framework.

Answer Key is sold only to educators and shipped to school or district addresses only. A verified classroom set purchase of the student edition (print or digital) is required. Please contact Customer Service at (800) 831-4190 to order by credit card.


John J. Newman, Ed.D.


John J. Newman, Ed.D., served as an Advanced Placement® U.S. History teacher and the Department Coordinator of Art, Foreign Language, and Social Studies at Naperville North High School, Naperville, Illinois. He continued his career as Adjunct Professor of History at the College of DuPage and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History Education at Illinois State University.


John M. Schmalbach, Ed.D.

John M. Schmalbach, Ed.D., taught Advanced Placement® U.S. History and was Social Studies Department Head at Abraham Lincoln High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He continued his career as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University.

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