Announcing the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s New AP US History Study Guide

Contact: Josh Landon, 646-366-9666 x37, [email protected]
For Immediate Release: September 3, 2014

The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s new AP US History Study Guide provides students with everything they need to excel in AP US History

September 3, 2014 - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is pleased to announce the launch of the AP US History Study Guide. The site is now live and includes videos guiding students through historical periods, links to important primary sources, and tips on mastering specific test skills.

The 2014–2015 AP US History curriculum has been comprehensively overhauled by the College Board, a process many years in the making, with changes including a new curriculum framework with revised learning objectives and key concepts for each historical period. In addition, the AP US History test has been revamped and now includes a short-answer section and a revised multiple-choice section. Gilder Lehrman’s AP US History Study Guide introduces students, parents, and teachers to the new curriculum and provides students with the tools they need to master the 2015 AP US History test.

Gilder Lehrman’s online study guide is divided into nine sections, one for each of the AP’s designated historical periods. Each section will include features such as videos, interactive timelines, featured documents, and links to relevant essays. In addition, a separate section offers practical advice on how to study for the 2015 AP US History test.

The highlight of each section is a brief video hosted by teacher David Riesenfeld, who presents a dynamic and accessible introduction to each historical era. Riesenfeld, a teacher at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School for Art and Technology in Long Island City, NY, outlines the historical period covered in the unit, identifies conflicts faced within the era, and recommends essays, videos, and other resources for further study.

Period 1: 1491–1607 launched today and Period 2: 1607–1754 will launch in late September. As new eras are introduced on the site, Gilder Lehrman will continue to revise and add to the content provided to ensure that it fits the needs of the students. Feedback from students will be used to develop video, audio, text, and interactive graphics to ensure each historical era is introduced and examined in an interesting and accessible way.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute, a non-profit pioneer in the use of primary sources in classroom instruction, is uniquely suited to provide AP US History education. For over two decades, the Institute has offered content-rich resources to a national pool of educators and students from public, parochial, private, and charter schools. Through programs such as Saturday Academies and Teacher Seminars and a national network of over 5,000 Affiliate Schools, the Institute has earned recognition as a valued partner of schools and educators in preparing students for college readiness and future careers.

To learn more about the AP US History Study Guide, visit


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York–based national non-profit devoted to the teaching and learning of American history. Gilder Lehrman draws on eminent scholars, an unparalleled collection of original historical documents, and a national network of Affiliate Schools to create and provide a broad range of innovative resources, help new generations of students learn about American history in a way that is engaging and memorable, and promote critical thinking and excellent writing. To learn more, visit

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