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National History Day: Topic Exploration


How to Narrow Down a Topic:

1) Choose a topic area.

2) Describe your topic area more specifically.

3) Name specific aspects of your topic.

4) Turn your topic into a sentence that is a statement.

5) Make your statement sentence into an argument/question.

***Advice from History professor, Dr. Kevin Shirley



History in Dispute

GALE's History in Dispute addresses heavily debated questions by offering different critical perspectives on major historical events, drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe. Provides students with an enhanced understanding of events only summarized in history texts, helps stimulate critical thinking and provides ideas for papers and assignments.  

Each volume includes as many as forty pro and con articles on subtopics.  Individual volumes include an extensive bibligraphy ("References"), contributor notes, and an index.  The following are direct links to the contents for each volume.  Each topic within the contents is a direct link to pro and con articles.  Simply scan topics and then click on one of interest to view full text of an article.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  [Scroll down to select a link]

Getting Organized

You can access the organizer here!

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Landmark Cases

1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 US 393  [Civil Rights & Racial Discrimination]

1896 Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 US 537  [Civil Rights & Racial Discrimination]

1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 US 483  [Civil Rights, School Desegregation]

***NOTE:  Access LexisNexis for full-text of these cases.***

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