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The Topics of the AP History College Board

Casper, who also edits the "Textbooks and Teaching" section of the Journal of American History, said the College Board’s new framework reflects a shift that's occurred over the past few decades in American history education. He said that colleges and high schools have been placing more emphasis on "historical thinking skills" and primary source documents and have moved away from memorization.

And there's also been a shift in topics covered by U.S. history classes. Casper said historians and schools are now incorporating the stories of women, African-Americans and immigrants to a greater extent.

In August, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution slamming the College Board for pushing a “consistently negative view of American history” and calling on the company to delay the implementation of its revised framework. Also last year, Dr. Ben Carson warned during a speech at the conservative Center for Security Policy: “I think most people, when they finish that course, they’d be ready to go sign up for Isis.”

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