• Period 5 is worth 13% of the AP Exam. This period will be covered in approximately 19 class days.


    The College Board uses key concepts to denote the testable material for each period. The full, detailed version of these concepts are located here. Please take the time to know these concepts, as anything mentioned is fair game for the AP Exam.

    Key Concept 5.1— The United States became more connected with the world, pursued an expansionist foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere, and emerged as the destination for many migrants from other countries.

    Key Concept 5.2— Intensified by expansion and deepening regional divisions, debates over slavery and other economic cultural, and political issues led the nation into civil war.

    Key Concept 5.3— The Union victory in the Civil War and the contested reconstruction of the South settled the issues of slavery and secession, but left unresolved many questions about the power of the federal government and citizenship rights.


Period 5 Homework and Test Calendar


  • Period 5 Key Terms/IDs

    Key terms will be due at the conclusion of each period on the test date, unless otherwise specified. These terms will be worth 100 points per period, and will be an invaluable study tool as we get closer to the AP exam in May. Each term should include the information provided on Quizlet. You have two options to receive the credit for key terms: 1. Create a notecard for each term using the definition on Quizlet and any additional relevant information from the book or 2. Create a Quizlet account, join my class by clicking here, and complete LEARN, FLASHCARD, and one other method of your choice by 8:20am on the due date. If not completed before 8:20am, no credit will be given.

    Chapter 11

    1. Manifest Destiny
    2. Overland Trail
    3. Mexican American War
    4. Mexican Cession
    5. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
    6. Wilmot Proviso
    7. Popular sovereignty

    Chapter 12

    1. Compromise of 1850
    2. Fugitive Slave Act
    3. Underground Railroad
    4. Kansas-Nebraska Act
    5. Know-Nothings
    6. Bleeding Kansas
    7. Dred Scott v. Sandford
    8. Lincoln-Douglas debates
    9. John Brown’s raid
    10. Crittenden Compromise
    11. Election of 1860

    Chapter 13

    1. Border states
    2. Cotton embargo
    3. Trent affair
    4. Peninsular campaign
    5. Emancipation Proclamation
    6. Copperheads
    7. Conscription Act
    8. Draft Riots
    9. Sherman’s March to the Sea
    10. Special Field Order No. 15

    Chapter 14

    1. 10% Plan (Presidential Reconstruction)
    2. Freedmen’s Bureau
    3. Black Codes
    4. Jim Crow laws
    5. Carpetbaggers
    6. Scalawag
    7. Reconstruction Amendments
    8. Congressional/Radical Reconstruction
    9. Mississippi Plan
    10. Redeemers
    11. Civil Rights Act of 1875
    12. Compromise of 1877
    13. New South

    Chapter 15

    1. Homestead Act
    2. Transcontinental Railroad
    3. Exodusters
    4. Grange
    5. Battle of Little Bighorn
    6. Dawes Severalty Act
    7. Wounded Knee Massacre
    8. Frontier Thesis


  • Period 5 Lectures/Powerpoints

    The following links will navigate you to PDF files of the in-class lectures. The inclusion of these notes below should not be considered as a substitute for taking notes and paying attention in class.  These notes are provided so that you have access to visual images used in class as well as for absent students to get caught up.

    Sectionalism (PDF)

    Civil War (PPT)

    Reconstruction (PPT)


Period 5 Helpful Links/Study Materials