marbury vs madison

To all the kids taking the APUSH exam tomorrow:

Take a deep breath. 

Puritan and gold-diggers killed the natives, everyone shit on the Neutrality Act, neither Jackson nor Roosevelt had any chill whatsoever, nobody likes Wilson or his fourteen bullet points, Joseph McCarthy is afraid of the color red, and Marbury vs. Madison established Judicial Review.

You’ve got this.

Mr. Townson's Top Thirty

Mr. Townson, the wonderful APUSH god who has a history of 100% pass rates, has given the gospel of APUSH to his people. Here are Townson’s top 30 things that will certainly be on the test (some of these are more than one thing, but they’re related topics), followed by his top picks for what the essays will be.

  1. Spanish, French, English Exploration and Settlement
  2. Bacon’s Rebellion
  3. Half-Way Covenant & First Great Awakening
  4. Proclamation of 1763
  5. Articles of Confederation & Shay’s Rebellion
  6. Compromises in the Constitution
  7. Washington’s Farewell Address
  8. Alexander Hamilton’s Financial Plan
  9. Marbury vs. Madison
  10. Missouri Compromise
  11. Nullification Crisis
  12. William Lloyd Garrison
  13. Manifest Destiny
  14. Compromise of 1850
  15. Kansas-Nebraska Act
  16. Radical Reconstruction
  17. The Gilded Age
  18. Populism
  19. Imperialism
  20. Progressivism
  21. The Lost Generation
  22. The New Deal & Court Packing
  23. The Cold War
  24. McCarthyism
  25. Conformity in the 1950s and Levittown, NJ
  26. Civil Rights Leaders
  27. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  28. Nixon Doctrine/Vietnamization
  29. Camp David Accords
  30. Reganomics

Townson’s Top Essay Picks

  • Early America (pre-American Revolution)
  • Progressivism
  • Imperialism
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • Reconstruction

Exam tip: every year there is a question about African Americans or women.

There is 1 DBQ. Everyone does the same one of that. 

There are 4 choices for the FRQs. You write 2. You must write an essay from the first category, which is pre-1900, and you must write an essay from the second category, which will be from the 1900s or later.

It is YOUR job to research and know these topics, their related facts, and their implications. I’m not going to do that for you. It won’t help you in the long run. Study well, study strong. I’m probably going to keep posting a bunch of review questions on here. Look them over, but in general, STAY OFF OF TUMBLR! You should be studying.

Good luck to all you folks taking the APUSH exam today!! You’re gonna do great, trust me. I look forward to the ongoing tradition of making memes out of its content under the college board’s nose.

And remember, Marbury vs Madison is the most important Supreme Court case as it established the power of judicial review.

Jeffersonian Democracy: Marbury vs. Madison
  • Jefferson told secretary of state not to deliver commissions to “midnight” appointees who haven't received them yet. Justice as peace, appointed by Adams, William Marbury demanded to deliver.

*madamus- court tells someone to do something

Judiciary Act of 1789- Supremem court can issue writ of mandamus to any officer of U.S.
Judiciary Act of 1801: Reduced size of the Supreme court from 6 to 5 justices and it allowed midnight judges 

  • Marbury was entitled the position. Supreme court oculd not mandamus because Judiciary Act of 1789 was considered unconstitutional

Judicial Review: doctrine which legislative/executive actions are subject to review by judiciary; example of seperation of powers