AP US History Note Library

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

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

110 thoughts on “AP US History Note Library

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


      1. 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. 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. 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😦

  5. 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!!!!!

  6. 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!

    1. 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.

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

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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”?

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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!

    1. 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!


  20. 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!!

  21. 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!!!!

  22. 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!!

  23. Thank you for an excellent job on your notes. I plan to hand them out to my classes once I have reviewed in more detail. Thank you for your efforts.

  24. From all of us in period 3 APUSH, we would like to extend a huge THANK-YOU for your exceptional chapter notes. You made the work load lighter on all of us and we greatly appreciate it! These notes were very well written and provided enough information to garner an understanding without being too long. Thank you for your contribution!!!


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