This course is defined as a survey of American history from Columbus’ voyages to the present, including social, cultural, and economic developments, foreign relations, wars, and political events. The relationship between past and present events is emphasized. This course guides the student through a study of the social, cultural, political, and diplomatic history of the United States, as defined by the College Board’s Curriculum Outline (pp. 24-89) for the course. Analytical reading and writing skills are emphasized as students are prepared for the national AP exam in May.