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.
The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP United States History Course Audit curricular requirements. 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 Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.
Index of Textbooks
Ayers, Edward L., Lewis L. Gould, David M. Oshinsky, Jean R. Soderlund. American Passages: A History of the United States, 4th edition. 2009.
Ayers, Edward L., Lewis L. Gould, David M. Oshinsky, Jean R. Soderlund. American Passages: A History of the United States, Brief 4th edition. 2011.
Berkin, Carol, Christopher L. Miller, Robert W. Cherny, James L. Gormly, Douglas Egerton, Kelly Woestman. Making America: A History of the United States, Brief, 6th edition. 2013.
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, 8th edition. 2013.
Brinkley, Alan. American History: A Survey w/PSI CD, 13th edition. 2008.
Brinkley, Alan. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People, 7th edition. 2013.
Carnes & Garraty. American Destiny: Narrative of a Nation, Concise Edition, Combined Volume (Second printing), 4th edition. Pearson, 2011.
Davidson, James W., Brian DeLay, Christine Leigh Heyrman, Mark H. Lytle, Michael B. Stoff. Nation of Nations: A Narrative History of the American Republic, 6th Edition. 2007.
Divine, Breen, Fredrickson, Williams, Gross & Brands. America Past and Present, Combined Volume, 10th edition. Pearson, 2012.
Faragher, Buhle, Czitrom & Armitage. Out of Many, Combined Volume, 7th edition. Pearson, 2011.
Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty!: An American History, 4th edition. 2013.
Goldfield, David, Carl Abbott, Virginia DeJohn Anderson, Jo Ann E. Argersinger, Peter M. Argersinger, William L. Barney, Robert M. Weir. The American Journey: A History of the United States, 7th edition. 2013
Henretta, James A., Rebecca Edwards, Robert O. Self. America's History, Combined Edition. 8th, 2014.
Hoffman, Elizabeth C., Edward J. Blum, and Jon Gjerde, eds. Major Problems in American History, Volume I: To 1877, Documents and Essays, 3rd edition. Wadsworth/Cengage, 2011.
Hoffman, Elizabeth C., Edward J. Blum, and Jon Gjerde, eds. Major Problems in American History, Volume II: Since 1865, Documents and Essays, 3rd edition. Wadsworth/Cengage, 2011.
Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, Thomas A. Bailey. The American Pageant, 15th edition. 2012.
Maier, Pauline, Merritt Roe Smith, Alexander Keyssar, et al. Inventing America: A History of the United States, 2nd edition. 2005.
Murrin, John M., Paul E. Johnson, James M. McPherson, Alice Fahs, Gary Gerstle, Emily S. Rosenberg, Norman L. Rosenberg. Cengage Advantage Books: Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, Concise, 6th Edition, 2013.
Nash, Gary, Julie Jeffrey, John Howe, Peter Frederick, Allen Davis, Allan Winkler, Mires & Pestana. The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, Concise Edition, Combined Volume, 7th edition. Pearson, 2010.
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, 10th edition. 2014.
Roark, James L., Michael P. Johnson, Patricia Cline Cohen, Sarah Stage, Susan M. Hartmann. The American Promise, 5th edition, Combined Version (Volumes I & II). 2012.
Steven M. Gillon, Cathy D. Matson. The American Experiment: A History of the United States, 3rd edition. 2008.
Tindall, George B., David E. Shi. America: A Narrative History, 8th edition. 2009.