The National History Day theme for 2014 is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” This broad theme allows you to choose a topic to research that interests them. It allows you to take a deeper look at a specific right or connect responsibilities that come with that right. You could investigate topics that involve rights and responsibilities in science, religion, politics, society, and many other subjects.
Remember to consider the who, what, where, when, and whys of history, but most importantly, ask of you subject, “So what?” How did this topic generate a relationship between rights and responsibilities? How did the right or responsibility affect the way humans interacted with each other? How does this right or responsibility impact our environment, our lives, our homes, our world? These questions should help you draw conclusions about the correlation between rights and responsibilities you choose to explore.
Use of primary source material from the State Archives in your project will not only improve the overall quality of the project but will provide you with a deeper understanding of North Dakota history and how to use an archives. With the help of the primary sources available at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, you are sure to find an interesting topic featuring North Dakota!
These finding aids contain the collection number and a brief description for Rights and Responsibilities in History.
Finding Aids on Rights & Responsibilities in North Dakota History:
North Dakota Topics (pdf)
These National History Day in North Dakota web pages were developed with support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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