National History Day

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Bringing History into Focus with Analysis, Interpretation and Deduction

National History Day is a national contest encouraging students to engage in hands-on research of historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Each year, students choose an historical topic, conduct primary and secondary research, and present their works. Students may write a paper, put together an exhibit, create a performance, produce a documentary or design a Web site to exhibit their materials.

The theme for the 2010 National History Day is “Diplomacy and Dialogue in History: Successes, Failures, Consequence.” Visit for more information about the contest, and be sure to utilize SIRS Knowledge Source (SKS) and this month’s Spotlight of the Month, which highlights myriad historical events, subjects and documents. Articles and Web sites include:


1. Courting Diversity

2. ‘The Pill’: 50 Years After

3. Thomas Carlyle and Affirmative Action

4. The Founding Father of American Financial Disaster

5. Free Speech Must Be Balanced Against the Rights of Others


100 Milestone Documents


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