NHD 2020: Breaking Barriers with American Art
This collection is designed to support teachers and students exploring the 2020 National History Day theme: Breaking Barriers in History. Included in this collection are five prospective topics aligned with the NHD theme, for each of which we have supplied American artworks that could be used as primary source texts and/or inspiration for further research.
How did the invention of photography break down the barrier between ordinary Americans and the battlefield during the Civil War?
What barriers, both geographic and social, did the invention and expansion of the subway break for New Yorkers?
How did James Van Der Zee's Harlem photography studio help a rising middle class African American community break barriers?
How have American Indians overcome barriers to tribal sovereignty, and what barriers still exist?
How did abstract painter Alma Thomas break gender and racial barriers in the art world?
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