Archive for March, 2011

Seismic event chart from the newspaper

Comparison Chart of Seismic events

The Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 was the worst one recorded in the US. Here is info here:

The ones here in Missouri between 1811 and 1812 actually made the Mississippi forge a new path and flow northward for a time:

Extra credit books

Extra Credit books

You will receive more points if you complete these books and the assignment BEFORE the AP exam than if you complete them afterward. You must let me know which book you plan to read before spring break to be eligible for maximum points.

You will read this book and write an essay response to a specific question or questions about this book from me. You will read the book before you receive the questions to ensure that you read the book thoroughly and fine-tune your knowledge of US history and historians’ work to help you on the AP exam, which is the purpose of this assignment.

The points you receive will depend on the complexity of the book and the thoroughness with which you demonstrate your understanding of the author’s work. All work must be your own.

General Histories of the US

Presidential Courage, by Michael Beschloss

An Empire of Wealth, by John Steele Gordon

The Story of American Freedom, by Eric Foner

Booknotes: Stories from American History, by Brian Lamb, Ed.

Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World, by Walter M. Mead

A Renegade History of the United States, by Thaddeus Russell

A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn (left-wing bias)

A Patriot’s History of the United States, by Larry Schweikart (right-wing bias)

American Courage: Remarkable True Stories Exhibiting the Bravery That Has Made Our Country Great, by Herbert W. Warden III

The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders, by Jacob Needleman

A People’s History of the Supreme Court, By Peter Irons

Due to length and complexity, these following two must be read in tandem to receive the same amount of points as the above books:

10 Days That Changed America, by Steven M. Gillon****

Brave Companions: Portraits in History, by David McCulloch****


The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History, by Gordon S. Wood

History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling Over the Last 200 Years, by Kyle Ward

Civil War Era

The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861, by David M. Potter

The Age of Lincoln, by Orville Vernon Burton

The Civil War, by Bruce Catton

Reconstruction, by Eric Foner

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, by James MacPherson

Chapter 36 outline notes

Chapter 36 Outlines

Due Monday, March 14

I. What dangers did the American economy face as it adjusted to the end of World War II?

A. Transitioning to a peacetime economy—what protections were removed after the war’s end?

–1. Privatizing war factories

–2. Employment Act and the CEA

–3. How long did this transition take?

B. Employment issues

–1.What impact could returning troops have had?

–2. Taft-Hartley- what was its impact and intent?

–3. Why was Operation Dixie necessary? Whys did it go wrong?

C. The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act

–1. What else was it called?

–2. What did it do?

–3. Why did it do it?

–4. What was its impact?

(From section II onward, you need to supply the subheads and details to create detailed notes)

II. What were the causes and effects of the birth of the “Affluent Society”—1950-1973

A. Why was America’s economy relatively unscathed by World War II?

B. Underpinnings of phenomenal growth: petroleum and productivity, the Sunbelt and science

C. What specific role did military spending play?

D. What happened to the middle class? Who benefitted the most, and why? What was the impact on family and home life?

E. How did Cold War paranoia influence American life at home?

III. How did foreign alliances change as a result of the start of the Cold War?

A. How was Yalta a predictor of changes?

B. How do “spheres of influence” compare with the old alliance system?

C. How did the UN compare with the League of Nations?

D. How did Germany provide an early test of new rivalries?

E.  What were the most famous policies and documents that shaped post-war foreign policy? Be thorough.

F. What did the US SPECIFICALLY hope to gain from the Marshall Plan?

–1. Soviet response, and why?

G. What new government agencies were created to protect the US from foreign threats?

H. NATO vs. Warsaw Pact—purposes? Inherent dangers?

I. How and why was Asia also a place of competition?

J. How did the Cold War (and racial issues) impact American politics?

Test tomorrow and you must register for AP Exam

Don’t forget. You’ve been reminded MANY times!

MC 2-6 practice

MC practice 2-6

1. From 1925 to 1940 the US policy on arms sales to warring nations followed this sequence:

A. embargo to lend-lease to cash-and-carry.

B. cash-and-carry to lend-lease to embargo.

C. lend-lease to cash-and-carry to embargo.

D. embargo to cash-and-carry to lend-lease.

2. In September ,1938, in Munich, Germany,

A. Britain and France consented to Germany taking the Sudentenland from Czechoslovakia.

B. Hitler declared his intention to take Austria.

C. Hitler signed the Axis Alliance treaty with Japan.

D. Britain and France acquiesced to the German reoccupation of the Rhineland.

3. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the US

A. promised aid to the Soviets but didn’t deliver.

B. refused to provide any help either economic or military.

C. gave only nonmilitary aid to Russia.

D. made lend-lease available to the Soviets.

4. One striking feature of the 1932 presidential election was that

A. the South had shifted to the Republican party.

B. African-Americans became a vital element in the Democratic party.

C. urban Americans finally cast more votes than rural Americans.

D. women played a less active role in the campaign than since they had gained suffrage

5. The constitutionality of the internment of Japanese-Americans was upheld in the case of

A. Gong Lum v. California.

B. Korematsu v. US.

C. Wheeler v. Roosevelt.

D. Kurosawa v. White.

6. Match each New Deal critic with the cause he promoted.

A. Father Coughlin___________1. social justice

B. Huey Long______________2. share our wealth

C. Francis Townsend_________ 3. parity

________________________4. old-age pensions

A. A-1, B-2, C-4

B. A-2, B-1, C-3

C. A-3, B-4, C-2

D. A-4, B-3, C-2

7. The first naval battle in history in which all of the fighting was done by carrier-based aircraft was the Battle of

A. Leyte Gulf.                                                C. the Coral Sea.

B. the Java Sea.                                    D. Midway.

8. The Allied demand for unconditional surrender was criticized mainly by opponents who believed that such surrender would

A. encourage the enemy to resist as long as possible.

B. be impossible to attain.

C. be unacceptable to the Soviets, who had already suffered terrible casualties.

D. create conditions which would eventually lead to war, much as the Treaty of Versailles had led to WWI.

9. The Social Security Act of 1935 provided all of the following EXCEPT

A. unemployment insurance.

B. old-age pensions.

C. economic help for the disabled and the blind.

D. health care for the poor.

10. Winston Churchill, when informed of the signing of the Munich Pact,

A. declared that the agreement would bring peace in our time.

B. suggested that other nations in Europe sign the pact.

C. decried the Pact as appeasement.

D. congratulated Hitler on his achievement.

WW2 Linky goodness….

Detailed timeline of the Pacific theatre in World War 2 can be found here:

or this interactive map….:

Letter regarding AP Exam registration- due March 11!!!

In case you lose it, and I have hyperlinked the online registration site. Just click.

February 2011

Dear AP Students and Parents,

Advanced Placement examinations are scheduled May 2nd through May 13th at the Pattonville Learning Center (with the exception of Friday, May 6th, both exams on that date will be at Pattonville High School).  Transportation will NOT be provided from PHS to the Learning Center.  If transportation cannot be arranged, please see Ms. Caimi, (we will work with administrators to transport students as needed). Students need to arrive at the Learning Center by 7:30 for a.m. exams and 11:30 for p.m. exams.    Please note that p.m. exams will end between 3:00-4:00.  Students may drive to and from the Learning Center if they have a valid parking pass for PHS, or ride with someone that has both. Students must have their Pattonville ID and check in with the receptionist at the Learning Center.

The 2011 AP exam fee is $87.00* per exam.   AP registration for exams will be done exclusively on line.  Beginning Monday, February 28th at 6:00 a. m. and through Friday, March 11th, until 2:15 p.m., please register using the following website:

Carefully follow the instructions at the top of each registration page.  Bring a printed copy of your registration form and payment to Ms. Caimi or Ms. Patrick in the guidance office.  Make checks payable to PHS. NO registration will be available after March 11th. Please contact me or ask your AP Teacher if you have any questions or need assistance with registration.

Sue Caimi

Counselor, AP Coordinator


*Exam price adjusted for free/reduced lunch status.  Please check w/Ms. Caimi.

Additional information regarding permission for transportation and lunch options will be provided at a later date.