December 13, 2017

NHD 2018: Selecting a Topic for a History Project

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below. Does the topic relate to the 2018 National History Day (NHD) theme: Conflict & Compromise in History? For Illinois students, does the topic relate to local or Illinois state history? Does the topic really interest you? Do you have a personal connection to the topic? (It’s not necessary … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Slavery & Compromise

In a Fox News interview with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Oct. 30, 2017, the former marine general said that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War”. Kelly's statement set off a firestorm of impassioned responses across traditional and social media about the cause of the Civil War and the history of slavery and compromise prior to this seminal event. Read some of the contemporary articles, review background information about compromises over slavery prior to the … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: European History 18-19th Centuries

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Selling Souls for Sugar: Slavery and the Sugar Islands The West India Atlas: or a Compendious Description of the West Indies: Illustrated with Forty Correct Charts and Maps Taken from Actual Surveys Curator note: This volume was the first comprehensive … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: U.S. History Late 20th Century

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Conflicting Opinions, Compromised Values: The Vietnam Generation Primary Source Spotlight: Vietnam War Learning from the Source: Cartoonist Commentary-Vietnam War The Camp David Accords Camp David images U.S. legislation related to Camp David … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: U.S. History Early 20th Century

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1924 unless otherwise noted. Dollar Diplomacy: Ending Conflicts Through Economic Investment United States and Latin America: Dollar Diplomacy 1912 Distant Neighbors: The U.S. and the Mexican Revolution … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: U.S. History Early 19th Century

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1924 unless otherwise noted. The Revolution of 1800 - Election Controversy Opposing the War of 1812: The Hartford Convention The proceedings of a convention of delegates, from the states of … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: U.S. History Prior to 1800

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1924 unless otherwise noted. Conflict in Salem: The Witchcraft Trials Today in History: Salem Witch Trials background, primary sources, more resources Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive University of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Henry Clay

Today in History–June 29–the Library of Congress features politician Henry Clay, who died on this date in 1852. One of the chief architects of the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850, Clay fought hard to preserve the Union and forestall a war between the states. Find out more by reviewing the Today in History section. Then click the links below to access more resources about the "Great Compromiser" and his work. Henry Clay primary source set Henry Clay image set Henry Clay … [Read more...]