RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN HISTORY
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images/uploads/2014IowaTopics.docx (This list includes links to research starters for topics of interest)
images/uploads/2014R&R-IA.doc (A general list of Iowa-related topic possibilities)
During the 2013-2014 school year, National History Day invites students to research topics related to the theme "Rights and Responsibilities in History." As is the case each year, the theme is broad enough to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to world history, and from ancient times to the recent past. To understand the historical importance of their topics, students need to ask questions about time, place, and context; cause and effect; change over time; and impact and significance. They ought to consider not only when and where events happened, but also why they occurred, what factors contributed to their development, and what effects they had on broader history. NHD projects should go beyond mere description to include analysis of information and draw conclusions.
For National History Day, students must also tie their topics to the theme. For 2013-2014 NHD projects, this means that students need to define the sense in which their topics relate to rights and responsibilities in history.