Quick update: The first set of flashcards went well. My tutoree (?) actually studied them and began to make some progress. She now wisely credits FDR with everything good in America! I was encouraged, and encouraged her -- and gave her a new, much smaller set covering the lead-up and aftermath of the Civil War.
Next week: industrialization, urbanization and the rise of the progressive movement -- basically the key concepts that fill the space between 1865 and 1929 -- the most key concept being the exploitation of workers. Man, if she knows that AND Franklin D., then I'm raising a damn good American.