This is a collection of primary source texts aligned to the College Board's Advanced Placement United States History Curriculum Framework. Each texts includes 2-3 text-dependent questions to prompt close reading and class discussions.
These rich texts are a great resource in all APUSH classrooms, and can be used
develop skills assessed on the APUSH exam in May, including analysis of historical evidence.
Educators can adapt these texts to create assessments, multiple choice questions, or short answer questions. These texts can also be assigned for homework.
The primary source included in this set are
• The village of Secoton in Roanoke, painted by Governor John White c.1585
• Mixtec Gold Frog Ornaments
• Chief Powhatan’s Deerskin Cloak
• Christopher Columbus, Log, October 12, 1492
• Christopher Columbus Details his First Encounters with Native People (1493)
• Juan Ginés de Sepúlvida Belittles the Indians (1547)
• Bartolomé de las Casas Defends the Indians (1552)
• Bartolomé de Las Casas, “Of the Island of Hispaniola” (1542)
• Thomas Mun, from England’s Treasure by Foreign Trade (1664)
• The Columbian Exchange (1590)
• A European Artist Illustrates a Smallpox Outbreak among Nahua Indians, 1585
• Fray Bernardino de Sahagun Relates an Aztec Chronicler’s Account of the
Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs (1582)