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  1. 2017-18 APUSH Themes and Movie Lists

    January 1, 2018 by Marcie Gorsuch

    Themes capture “big ideas” in American history. The Collegeboard has identified the following themes (NEW) as critical to understanding American history. 

    APUSH Theme 1: American and National Identity

    This theme focuses on how and why definitions of American and national identity and values have developed, as well as related topics such as citizenship, constitutionalism, foreign policy, assimilation, and American exceptionalism.

    APUSH Theme 2: Politics and Power

    This theme focuses on how different social and political groups have influenced society
    and government in the United States, as well as how political beliefs and institutions have
    changed over time.

    APUSH Theme 3: Work, Exchange and Technology

    This theme focuses on the factors behind the development of systems of economic exchange,
    particularly the role of technology, economic markets, and government

    APUSH Theme 4: Culture and Society

    This theme focuses on the roles that ideas, beliefs, social mores, and creative expression have
    played in shaping the United States, as well as how various identities, cultures, and values
    have been preserved or changed in different contexts of U.S. history.

    APUSH Theme 5: Migration and Settlement

    This theme focuses on why and how the various people who moved to and within the United
    States both adapted to and transformed their new social and physical environments.

    APUSH Theme 6: Geography and the Environment

    This theme focuses on the role of geography and both the natural and human-made
    environments on social and political developments in what would become the United States.

    APUSH Theme 7: America in the World

    This theme focuses on the interactions between nations that affected North American history
    in the colonial period and on the influence of the United States on world affairs.


    U.S. History Videos

    • Changes have been made to the list for 2017-18. This is an extensive listing of numerous movies that relate to American history.The topic areas range from colonialism to present day and incorporate numerous themes, including social changes, political elements, economic crises and cultural revolutions.  For this assignment, you will be completing an analysis on at least one of the following movies.  Please note, the movies with a * to the right hand side of the title are rated “R” for various reasons.  In order to view one of these * movies, you must receive parental consent.  There are numerous other movies you may choose from that do not incorporate a rating of “R”.  Again, in order to view one of the rated “R” movies, you must receive parental consent!

    The Last of the Mohicans*
    The Crucible

    The Crossing
    The Patriot*
    Immigration/ Turn of the Century
    Far and Away
    Gangs of New York*

    In the Heart of the Sea
      Civil War


    Gods and Generals
    Gone with the Wind
    Little Women


    Killing Lincoln

    12 Years a Slave

    The Free State of Jones

    The Better Angel

          The West
    Wyatt Earp
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Dances with Wolves
    Buffalo Soldiers
    Wild Bill*
    Open Range*
    Magnificent Seven
    The Alamo
    Fly Boys
    Sergeant York
          1920s and Depression

    Grapes of Wrath
    Eight Men Out
    Cinderella Man
    The Babe
    Public Enemies*
    Warm Springs
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    All the King’s Men
    Bonnie and Clyde*
    Inherit the Wind



    Tora, Tora, Tora
    The Big Red I
    Sands of Iwo Jima
    Where Eagles Dare
    Pearl Harbor
    Saving Private Ryan*
    Battle of the Bulge
    Letters from Iwo Jima*
    Flags of Our Fathers*
    A League of Their Own
    Band of Brothers*
    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Battle of Midway
    The Longest Day
    South Pacific

    The Great Escape

    Gentlemen’s Agreement
    American Graffiti
    The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
    Twelve Angry Men


    The Godfather *
    Korean War
    Cold War
    13 Days
    Rocky IV
    Fail Safe
    Missiles of October
    Dr. Strangelove
    Civil Rights

    Mississippi Burning*
    Malcolm X
    Crisis at Central High
    A Time to Kill
    Eyes on the Prize
    Remember the Titans
    1960s and 1970s
    Apollo 13
    The Hurricane*
    The Right Stuff
    All the President’s Men
    Frost Nixon*
    We were Soldiers*
    Good Morning Vietnam*
    Full Metal Jacket*
    Hamburger Hill*
    Born on the 4th of July*
    Coming Home*

    The Green Berets

    American Sniper (War on Terror)

    Lone Survivor

    Black Hawk Down*     (Somalia-U.S. Drop)
    Jarhead*     (Gulf War)
    Roe v. Wade     (Court case-abortion)
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn     (1900’s-turn of the century)
    Jefferson in Paris     (Thomas Jefferson)
    Manchurian Candidate*     (Gulf War)
    Newsies     (1899-NYC Press/Pulitzer)

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

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