July 16, 2022

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – The 1800s

Last Updated on August 3, 2021


Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the 1800s. Links to more NHD follow this resource list.

The Bloodless Revolution of 1800: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the Legacy of a Peaceful Transition of Power

Tecumseh and the Western Confederacy: Leading the Battle Against Westward Expansion

Andrew Jackson: The Legacy of the People’s President

Ulysses S. Grant: Leading the Campaign to Take the Mississippi River

Linking Europe, Africa, and Asia: Ferdinand de Lesseps and the Construction of the Suez Canal

Otto von Bismarck and the Unification of Germany

Elizabeth Bisland and Nelly Bly: Leading the Way for Female Journalists by Racing Around the World

Eugene V. Debs’ Leadership of the American Socialist Movement

Invoking the Power of the Federal Government: Grover Cleveland and the Pullman Strike of 1894

More National History Day resources

NHD 2015: Free Primary Source Primer PD

NHD 2015: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Power, Authority & Governance and Reform & Social Justice

NHD 2015: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Economics, Science, Art, Architecture & Design

NHD 2015: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Women and Civil Rights

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – Early America

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  1. Glenn Jensen, NBCT says

    Perhaps some leaders of the Second Industrial Revolution: Edison, Westinghouse, Ford and maybe Tesla. I realize some of these names straddle 1800 and 1900’s but I am certain there are others. What about Victrola and the evolution of the phonograph. Perhaps Edison?

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