AP United States History: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP United States History. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit. .
All editions of the following textbooks after the year 2008 are appropriate for use in AP U.S. History. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP United States History classroom, please consult the Online Teacher Community.
Index of Textbooks
Ayers, Edward L., Lewis L. Gould, David M. Oshinsky, Jean R. Soderlund. American Passages: A History of the United States. Cengage.
Berkin, Carol, Christopher L. Miller, Robert W. Cherny, James L. Gormly, Douglas Egerton, Kelly Woestman. Making America: A History of the United States. Cengage.
Boyer, Paul S., Clifford E. Clark, Jr., Karen Halttuenen, Joseph F. Kett, Neal Salisbury, Harvard Sitkoff, Nancy Woloch. The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People Cengage.
Brinkley, Alan. American History: A Survey w/PSI CD. McGraw-Hill.
Brinkley, Alan. American History: Connecting with the Past, AP Edition, McGraw-Hill.
Brinkley, Alan. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. McGraw-Hill.
Davidson, James W., Brian DeLay, Christine Leigh Heyrman, Mark H. Lytle, Michael B. Stoff. Nation of Nations: A Narrative History of the American Republic. McGraw-Hill.
Davidson, James West, Brian DeLay, Christine Leigh Heyrman, Mark H. Lytle, Michael B. Stoff. Experience History: Interpreting America's Past, McGraw-Hill.
Divine, Breen, Fredrickson, Williams, Gross & Brands. America Past and Present, Combined Volume. Pearson Education.
Faragher, John Mack, Mari Jo Buhle, Daniel Czitrom & Susan Armitage. Out of Many, Combined Volume. Pearson Education.
Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty! An American History. W.W. Norton & Company.
Fraser, James W. By the People, A History of the United States AP Edition. Pearson Education.
Garraty, John A. and Mark C. Carnes. American Destiny: Narrative of a Nation, Concise Edition, Combined Volume. Pearson Education.
Gillon, Steven M. and , Cathy D. Matson. The American Experiment: A History of the United States. Cengage.
Goldfield, David, Carl Abbott, Virginia DeJohn Anderson. The American Journey. Pearson Education
Goldfield, David, Carl Abbott, Virginia DeJohn Anderson. The American Journey, Brief Combined, Prentice Hall.
Henretta, James A., Rebecca Edwards, Robert O. Self. America's History, Combined Edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.
Hoffman, Elizabeth C., Edward J. Blum, and Jon Gjerde, eds. Major Problems in American History, Volume I: To 1877, Documents and Essays. Cengage.
Hoffman, Elizabeth C., Edward J. Blum, and Jon Gjerde, eds. Major Problems in American History, Volume II: Since 1865, Documents and Essays. Cengage.
Kennedy, David M.and Lizabeth Cohen. The American Pageant. Cengage.
Murrin, John M., Paul E. Johnson, James M. McPherson, Alice Fahs, Gary Gerstle, Emily S. Rosenberg, Norman L. Rosenberg. Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, Concise, Cengage.
Nash, Gary, Julie Jeffrey, John Howe, Peter Frederick, Allen Davis, Allan Winkler, Charlene Mires & Carla Gardina Pestana. The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, Concise Edition, Combined Volume. Pearson.
Norton, Mary B., Carol Sheriff, David W. Blight, Howard P. Chudacoff, Fredrik Logevall, Beth Bailey. A People and a Nation: A History of the United States. Cengage.
Roark, James L., Michael P. Johnson, Patricia Cline Cohen, Sarah Stage, Susan M. Hartmann. The American Promise Combined Version (Volumes I & II). Bedford/St. Martin's.
Roark, James L., Michael P. Johnson, Patricia Cline Cohen, Sarah Stage, Susan M. Hartmann. Understanding The American Promise, A History, Bedford/St. Martin's.
Tindall, George B., David E. Shi. America: A Narrative History. W.W. Norton & Company.