Spotlight on the Best Gifts this APUSH Teacher Has Ever Received

Gift #1 — A Postcard

Gift #2 — A Student-Produced Painting

Gift #3 — A Totem Pole

  • The meaning of the word encroachment
  • The effect of the Columbian exchange on Native Americans
  • Things of value that the Native Americans gave to the European colonizers
  • Maize cultivation and the role it played in Native American culture
  • Smallpox and its effect on the Native Americans
  • The Pueblo Revolt (1680)
  • Pontiac’s Rebellion (1763–1766
  • Metacom’s War (18175–1878)
  • The Native American and the French and Indian War (1754–1763)
  • How extended contact with Native Americans and Africans fostered debate among European religious and political leaders about how non-Europeans should be treated.
  • How Bartolome de Las Casas and Juan de Sepulveda differed in terms of the question of how should the Spanish colonizers treat the Native Americans.
  • The Spanish Encomienda System and its effect on the Native Americans
  • The Spanish Mission System (1769–1833) and its effect on the Native Americans
  • How the French, British, and Spanish colonizers treated the Native Americans differently
  • The US Supreme Court case of Worchester v. Georgia (1832)
  • The Trail of Tears (1837–1839)
  • The Great Sioux War of 1876
  • The Dawes Act (1887)
  • The founding of the Carlisle Indian School (1879)
  • The birth of barbed wire (1873)
  • The birth of the American Indian Movement (1968)
  • The Wounded Knee Massacre (1890) and the Occupation of Wounded Knee (1973)
  • The decimation of the buffalo and its effect on the Native American
  • The effect of westward migration on the Native American
  • The US Supreme Court case of United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians (1980)

Gift #4— Several Student-Produced Videos

In the past three years, one of the coolest gifts I’ve been given is a series of short, high-quality, and content-rich videos designed to teach APUSH students worldwide about an important topic taught in most AP US History classes (the History of the Native Americans, for example)

Gift #5 — A Few Other History-Relating Gifts

Below are a few more super cool gifts that I’ve received since teaching APUSH, all relating to “stuff” that I teach in the course.

My Wish List

From here out, if I had a wish list, it would be something having to do with:

  • The Lowell Mills
  • The Erie Canal
  • The Seneca Falls Convention
  • The Mississippi River Steamboats of the mid-1800s
  • The Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Workers
  • Jane Adams’ Hull House
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • The Counter-culture Movement
  • Women in the Work Force during World War II
  • Henry Ford’s Model T and/or Assembly Line
  • Anything having to do with either German or Italian immigration to the US (and this is because I was born in Germany to a German mother and a second-generation Italian father.)



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Peter Paccone

Peter Paccone

High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.