National History Day
DPLA is proud to be a part of National History Day, a series of contests in which students present research projects related to a historical theme that they’ve developed using primary and secondary sources. Containing millions of primary and secondary sources, DPLA is the perfect complement to National History Day. The page below contains information and resources related to our efforts to increase access to DPLA resources for National History Day students. Questions? Email us.
2017 Theme: Taking a Stand in History
The National History Day theme for the 2016-2017 academic year is “Taking a Stand in History.” Students should begin their research with secondary sources to gain a broader context, then progress to finding primary sources, and finally make an argument about the effects of a topic in history. Below are sample National History Topics and corresponding primary and secondary sources available in DPLA.
United States History Sample Topics
- Protecting the Environment: Establishment of the National Park Service
- For additional information and resources about the National Park Service, visit our exhibition, This Land Is Your Land: Parks and Public Spaces.
- Thurgood Marshall: Taking a Stand in Court Against Segregation
- The War on Poverty: Johnson Stands for “The Other America”
- Horace Mann and the Fight for Quality Education
- William Jennings Bryan: Standing Against Evolution
- Nat Turner: Taking a Stand Against Slavery
- Andrew Jackson’s Stand Against the Bank
- For additional information and resources about the Andrew Jackson presidency, visit our Primary Source Set on the topic.
- Standing Against the British: The Boston Tea Party and Its Consequences
- For additional information and resources about the Boston Tea Party, visit our Primary Source Set on the topic.
- The Fight for Social Equality: Jane Addams and the Hull House
- For additional information and resources about the Hull House and other settlement house of the Progressive Era, visit our Primary Source Set on the topic.
- William Lloyd Garrison: Taking a Stand With Words
- Standing Against Big Business: The Sherman Antitrust Act
European History Samples Topics
- Galileo’s Stand Against the Church
- Standing Against the Enemy: Sir Francis Drake at Cadiz
- What Happens When No One Takes a Stand? Neville Chamberlain’s Appeasement of Adolf Hitler
- Taking a Stand Against the Monarchy: The Birth of the Magna Carta
- Emmeline Pankhurst: Militancy for Women’s Suffrage
- The Yalta Agreement: Taking a Stand on a Post-War World
World History Sample Topics
- The Boxer Rebellion: Standing Against Westernization
- Pancho Villa: Taking a Stand at the Mexican Border
- Nelson Mandela’s Stand for Equality in South Africa
- Standing for Women in Government: Indira Gandhi
- Simón Bolívar and Venezuela’s Stand Against Spanish Rule