"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."

       


Welcome to the Website which operated for over two decades as a bottomless reservoir of learning materials for Advanced Placement United States History classes at Rapid City Stevens High School, located in western South Dakota's beautiful Black Hills. In addition to SHS APUSH, this Website occasionally served collegians enrolled in HIST 151/152 at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (Rapid City) and Black Hills State University (Spearfish). From time to time through the years, APUSH students and teachers across the United States—from New York to Wyoming, from Florida to Indiana, from Texas to Oregon—reported using this Website.

APUSH-XL was conceived during the spring of 2000 on a whim by an e-limited history teacher, spurred by his then APUSH corps whose exemplary commitment to responsible interpretation of American history, mixed with an odd sense of humor, were daily blessings for the instructor. After its launch, minor adjustments were ongoing; two or three major overhauls occurred, as well. The most extensive revamp, meant to align Website contents with evolving College Board course standards and testing procedures for APUSH, was accomplished in 2014-15.

As of spring 2021, the Website's curator is retired following 38½ happy years as a classroom educator (high school and small college). During a handful of recent Junes he functioned as a reader/scorer for APUSH National Exams (Louisville, Kentucky and Tampa, Florida). His current professional activities include some spot speaking opportunities, local college adjuncting, and leisurely research/writing. Rather than completely dismantling this Website, he decided to leave some bare bones . . . what remains here is offered as possible academic support and reference for APUSHers now journeying through United States history and preparing for the College Board National Exam in May.



"America did not invent human rights.  In a very real sense . . . human rights invented America."
   

Sun comin' up over New York City,
School bus driver in a traffic jam;
Starin' at the faces in her rearview mirror,
Lookin' at the promise of the Promised Land.
One kid dreams of fame and fortune,
One kid helps pay the rent;
One could end up goin' to prison,
One just might be president.

Only in America,
Dreamin' in red, white, and blue;
Only in America,
Where we dream as big as we want to!
We all get a chance,
Everybody gets to dance,
Only in America.
Sun goin' down on an LA freeway,
Newlyweds in the back of a limousine;
A welder's son and a banker's daughter,
All they want is everything.
She came out here to be an actress,
He was the singer in a band;
They just might go back to South Dakota,
And talk about the stars they could have been.

Only in America,
Dreamin' in red, white, and blue;
Only in America,
Where we dream as big as we want to!
We all get a chance,
Everybody gets to dance,
Only in America.


"Double—no triple—our troubles and we'd still be better off than any other people on earth."
     

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