Quote of the Week-
"We have nothing to fear but fear itself".
- FDR on taking the APUSH Final Exam on May 10th, 2019
"It's the economy, Stupid"
-Bill Clinton on why he would win the 1992 Election
"Government is not the solution to our problems.. Government is the problem."
-Ronald Reagan's conservative call to shrink the size of government
"Hey Hey LBJ, How many kids did you kill today?"
-Chant by New Left protesters against Pres Johnson and the Vietnam War
"In 1941, over 3 Million cars were purchased by the American general public. Over the next 4 years (after the start of WWII), the number fell to zero."
- American manufacturing completely retooled the USA for war.
"“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1st Inaugural Address
The business of America is business and a factory is a temple."
-Pres. Coolidge on his philosophy of allowing big business to call the shots.
President McKinley has the backbone of a chocolate eclair."
-Teddy Roosevelt commenting on the reluctance of the President to declare war on Spain
Remember the Maine, To hell with Spain!"
-Slogan from the Spanish-American War
"An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought."
Simon Cameron on Gilded Age Politics and APUSH teachers
"I can pay one half of my workers to kill the other half"
-Jay Gould, allegedly during the 1886 Great Southwest Railroad Strike
"You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold."
-William Jennings Bryan arguing for Bimetalism in the 1896 Election
"Few owned many. Many owned none."
- Historian pointing out that only a quarter of Southerners owned slaves and only 2% owned a lot (50 or more) slaves
"[My only regrets are that] I didn't shoot Henry Clay or hang John C. Calhoun"
-Andrew Jackson when asked if he there was anything he regreted about his life
"John Marshall has made his order, now let him enforce it."
- President Andrew Jackson who ignored the Supreme Court's protection of Native Americans in 1832
"Millions for defense but not one cent for tribute (bribes)!!!"
-Robert G. Harper on America's refusal to pay bribes during the XYZ Affair
I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”
-John Adams on the sacrifices of the founding fathers and how a parent's success creates opportunities for their children
"But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all [Dem] Republicans, we are all Federalists."
-Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, after one of the most bitter elections in US history
""[You] are to be hanged by the neck, but not until you are dead; for while you are still living ...your bowels torn out and burned before your faces, your heads then cut off, and your bodies divided each into four quarters... and may the Almighty God have mercy on your souls."
- King George III on Irish Rebels Death Sentence
"Damn John Jay. Damn any man who won't damn John Jay. Damn any man who won't stay up all night long lighting candles damning John Jay."
- Angry graffiti artist who painted his displeasure at Jay's treaty in 1795 before running out of paint. It explains how much Americans hated Jay's Treaty and how far we've come as a nation of graffiti artists.
"No one can prevent hurricanes, but prosperous communities (and students) are much better able to withstand them than poor ones."
-Mr. Vitale, explaining the Demographic Transition
“We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.”
-British Monarch explaining the American Revolution
"These people are very unskilled in arms... with 50 men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished."
-Christopher Columbus who eerily foresaw the European
takeover of the New World
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
-- Mae West
Future AP US History Students should begin work on the summer assignment. Good Luck!
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