AP US History Note Library

These notes are based on America: A Narrative History by George Brown Tindall and David E. Shi (7th edition). I compiled them while I was taking AP US History in 2011 and hope they can help others with the material. The links below will take you to a PDF for each chapter.

Chapter 5: From Empire to Independence
Chapter 6: The American Revolution
Chapter 7: Shaping a Federal Union
Chapter 8: The Federalist Era
Chapter 9: The Early Republic
Chapter 10: Nationalism and Sectionalism
Chapter 11: The Jacksonian Impulse
Chapter 12: The Dynamics of Growth
Chapter 13: An American Renaissance
Chapter 14: Manifest Destiny
Chapter 15: The Old South
Chapter 16: The Crisis of Union
Chapter 17: The War of the Union
Chapter 18: Reconstruction; North and South
Chapter 19: The South and the West Transformed
Chapter 20: Big Business and Organized Labor
Chapter 21: The Emergence of Urban America
Chapter 22: Gilded Age Politics and Agrarian Revolt
Chapter 23: An American Empire
Chapter 24: The Progressive Era
Chapter 25: America and the Great War
Chapter 26: The Modern Temper
Chapter 27: Republican Resurgence and Decline
Chapter 28: New Deal America
Chapter 29: From Isolation to Global War
Chapter 30: The Second World War
Chapter 31: The Fair Deal and Containment
Chapter 32: Through the Picture Window; Society and Culture
Chapter 33: Conflict and Deadlock; The Eisenhower Years
Chapter 34: New Frontiers; Politics and Social Change in the 1960s
Chapter 35: Rebellion and Reaction in the 1960s and 1970s

I read and appreciate all the feedback!


  1. sara · April 20, 2011

    I think they are excellent for a quick review and an overview of the chapter. If you want to know every single detail and fluff in the book, then read the book, but this has a good “to the point” feel.

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      I’m glad! And you’re very welcome!

      • Kenneth Vallecillo · April 20, 2011

        Thank you so much! this helped me to get good grades!!

  2. JC · April 20, 2011

    Hey Ishmam!

    Thank you so much for your notes, they are very easy to use and comprehensive. I wonder if it would be possible to add a caption next to the chapter numbers as to which period each chapter is about? I study out of a different textbook, and i think it would be easy and add a lot of value to the notes.


    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      That’s a great idea. I’ll get to work on it.

      EDIT: Updated!

      • Sean Schuhmann · April 20, 2011

        Hey, you did an outstanding job. I cant thank you enough. But what happened to chapters 1-4?

      • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

        I decided not to include them since my notes on them were sparse. Use it as an opportunity to adapt and take your own notes before consulting mine.

  3. Willy · April 20, 2011

    Your notes are really helpful! they definately helped me get an “A” last semester. I was curious however how much longer chap 37-45 would be temporally unavailable. I was just wondering because we are about two units away from starting chap 37.
    Thanks so much!

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      I’ve decided to stagger the availability of my notes so that students at my school can’t use them to cheat. Expect the next couple chapters every week or so. Sorry for the inconvenience!

      EDIT: All the notes are available now!

  4. Lili · April 20, 2011

    Thanks for the notes! They are a helpful study tool for test-review.

    By the way, where did the post on the e-mail exchange between you and Goodrich go?

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      I’m glad the notes are useful.
      The e-mail exchange was removed upon request.

  5. AbdouArahman · April 20, 2011

    Salams Ishmam,

    Thank you very, very much! These notes have been a very useful test prep source, I can’t thank you enough!

    BTW, why did you change the format to PDF? Word was better for me :(

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      PDF format makes it easier to preserve the notes’ integrity and my authorship. Sorry for the inconvenience!

      • AbdouArrahman · April 20, 2011

        Oh, I see then. Thanks! :D

  6. tori · April 20, 2011

    OMG THIS IS SAVING MY LIFE RIGHT NOW!! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! everyone else’s notes online suck and are so hard to understand but yours are perfect! thank you so muchhhh (again)!! I’d definitely be failing APUS if it wasnt for your notes! I wish i would of found out about these notes 1st semester!!!!!

  7. Sara · April 20, 2011

    Hey these have been simply incredible, thank you soso much!! They’re a great way to review everything. Just a question, will the last couple chapters ever go up? Thanks again for everything!

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      Thanks for the feedback and great question! The last couple chapters weren’t as relevant to the AP exam so it wasn’t useful for me to take many notes on them, sorry! I just used a review book to skim through the more modern material.

  8. Nikki · April 20, 2011

    I absolutely love you for putting this up! This just saved my life!! Thankk youuuuuuu!!!!! *notgoingtofailmyexamdannncee*

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      Great to hear; thanks for the comment!

  9. Daniel · April 20, 2011

    Hey Ishmam, I have enjoyed your outlines and they are extremely helpful, but I was wondering when you’re going to put up the last two chapters.

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      Thanks for the comment. The last couple chapters, which cover more modern history, weren’t as relevant to the AP exam so it wasn’t useful for me to take extensive notes on them. I suggest skimming through those chapters in a review book.

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  11. John Williams · April 20, 2011

    Thank you so much. It is a joy to keep up with my history Professor. I’m spreading the word. “All hail to Ishmam”

  12. Meera · April 20, 2011

    this is so great! do you have notes for the first 4 chapters as well? :) I’m definitely letting my class know of this website! It really helps me a lot.

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      I used to, but they weren’t worth using (they were really disorganized and weak). So I trashed them and only kept the decent, usable notes, which are chapters 5 and onward.

  13. Chris · April 20, 2011


  14. Meira · April 20, 2011

    Super helpful. Thank you!

  15. Chris H · April 20, 2011

    did you have chapter quizzes? We have multiple choice and ID every chapter.

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      We had daily, mini essay quizes.

      • Chris H · April 20, 2011

        Thanks! I love your notes

  16. Blane · April 20, 2011

    This is great! Sooo helpful!

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011


  17. Ivy Spas · April 20, 2011

    I am taking IB HOA, and I’m going to use these to study this weekend! i’m super busy and I think this will help me a lot! I’ll let you know how my test goes! Thanks a bunch!

  18. Dave · April 20, 2011

    I’ve noticed that your notes are no longer available! Is there any way you can put them back up?

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      They’ll be back up shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      They’re back up now.

  19. Chris H · April 20, 2011

    Please help! File not founded!

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      Yup, just doing some maintenance. They’ll be back up shortly!

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      The notes are back up now. Sorry the the inconvenience.

      • Chris · April 20, 2011

        Thank you so much!!!!!

  20. Christian · April 20, 2011

    Thank you!

  21. Morgan · April 20, 2011

    THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!!!! They help so much!! THANK YOU

  22. Wyatt · April 20, 2011

    What edition are these notes for. Thank you for making these notes public!

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      These notes are based on the 7th edition. Glad to help!

  23. Christian · April 20, 2011

    go ishmam go go ishmam woop woop go ishmam!

  24. s0pe · April 20, 2011

    Woop woop thanks ishmam! Woop Woop Raise the Roof

  25. 10320 · April 20, 2011

    Thank you for making these public! Such a great resource to be able to look back at for additional review!

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      You’re welcome! I’m glad they’re helping.

  26. shiv · April 20, 2011

    Hey I was just wondering if Chapter 36 and Chapter 37 notes will be up soon. Your notes are great because they truly help me comprehend the information I read in the book.

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      I never took notes on the later chapters and skimmed over the material in a review book instead. Sorry! Thanks for the comment.

  27. dem · April 20, 2011

    yea i was wondering when you would put up chapters 36 and 37 it would really help alot.

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      I never took extensive notes on those chapters. I suggest going over the material in a review book.

  28. rachel · April 20, 2011

    Hi, I was wondering will you be putting up the 1st 4 chapters?? :(

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      Sorry, I will not be adding the first four chapters.

  29. Min · April 20, 2011

    I would really appreciate the rest of the chapters. I did a summer curriculum and am testing soon!

  30. Mitch · April 20, 2011

    Amazing! This is really helping me with my AP US History class. Thank you so much!

  31. Mitch · April 20, 2011

    Just wanted to point out a possible error real quick, in Chapter 6, page 2, you said “Another force would move easy from New York” Did you mean ”East”, instead of ”Easy”?

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      Yes, you’re right; good catch. Please excuse any typos!

  32. Ashley · April 20, 2011

    These have helped me so much! Thank you!!!

  33. Mitch · April 20, 2011

    Hm… A month or so after I started using your resources, they blocked them at our school. I guess they don’t like students getting a little help! Nevertheless, it’s been four months now, and your notes are still helping me a ton! (Even if it means I can only access them from home). Again, great work!

  34. Nadine · April 20, 2011

    Is it possible to use these notes as a first source to study for my APUSH semester exam? Because the book is just too long and too time consuming.

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      These notes are a good supplement to the book; I don’t think they’d suffice on their own.

  35. Nadine · April 20, 2011

    Do you think studying from these notes would suffice for my APUSH Semester Exam? Because the book is 800+ and I just don’t have the time to read through it all.

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      I don’t think they’re good enough by themselves. I’d suggest pairing them with a review book.

  36. Elline · April 20, 2011

    Thank you so much for the notes. They are a great study tool for the AP test an oncoming Test. Thank you for your time and effort to make it easier to study for everyone else

  37. Alyssa · April 20, 2011

    Thank you for these great notes! I really like the attitude “Van Buren got pwned”

  38. Aisha Shahzad · April 20, 2011

    You saved my life today! Thanks!!

  39. Mitch · April 20, 2011

    Finished first semester with a B using nothing but your notes! Thanks!

  40. Donnie Brooks · April 20, 2011

    Just wondering, but did you go to WHS when you took APUSH? btw the notes are pretty awesome!

  41. Arcraz522 · April 20, 2011

    Ch. 30 Pg.8 You said “Theodore Roosevelt” instead of Franklin Roosevelt. Other than that, great work!!!

  42. Marconi · April 20, 2011

    You saved my life with this summary :3

  43. Juan · April 20, 2011

    Thanks for the notes! Hopefully this will get me from an ap score of a 4 to a 5!

  44. Alice · April 20, 2011

    Are you going to post chapters 36 and 37? I’m studying for the APUSH AP exam and I noticed they weren’t available. Thanks so much for all your help!

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      We didn’t cover those chapters when I took APUSH. I’m really sorry, but I won’t be adding them!

  45. gabi · April 20, 2011

    Your notes are so helpful! Is there anyway you could put up 36 and 37?

    • Ishmam · April 20, 2011

      Thanks! And I’m sorry, the topics in those chapters weren’t really covered in the test when I took it, so I never took notes on them. Best of luck!

  46. Hao · April 20, 2011

    Could you post ch1-ch5 please?

  47. Rohan · April 20, 2011

    Do you have the ntoes for chapters 1-4?

  48. Norin · April 20, 2011

    Ishman, you are amazing.

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  50. Nellie W · April 20, 2011

    Hey Ishmam! these are amazing and I noticed a lot of people asked about ch 1-4 and that you don’t have them because they aren’t very high-quality. For a lot of my other notes I use cms.jeffyoshimura.com, which has almost all of the books chapters (ALMOST all; that’s why I’m here). You might want to consider posting this link:
    again, this pdf covers the chapters you’re missing :) idk if there will be any issues with copyright (?) but I can’t imagine Yoshimura would be upset to have others going to his sight. Stay awesome!!

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  52. Brent · April 20

    Not all heroes wear capes #VoteIshmam2016

  53. Emma · April 20

    This saved my life, thank you for putting so much time into these ! Eternally grateful (-:

  54. Allison · April 20

    literally you are a savior (of my grade and my sanity). I think I’m in love with you please marry me. eternally grateful that you took the time to take these and post them on here!!!!

  55. GL · April 20

    Thank you for posting these notes, you have no idea how helpful they’ve been on reading quizzes and checks!

  56. K · April 20

    Just know that these notes are living on! APUSH Students at Wayzata use them all the time for a quick little review before quizzes and tests. Thanks so much! Super helpful!!

  57. J. L. · 21 Days Ago

    These notes help me review right before the test so I don’t need to reread my textbook again. Thanks so much!

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