New Resources for National History Day 2018: Conflict and Compromise in History
By: Tess Porter, Education Support Specialist, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
You may know the challenges of helping students brainstorm exciting and relevant topics for which they’ll find authoritative supporting documentation and resources. The Smithsonian and other great repositories of historical resources are here to give you exactly what you need!
Educators from the Smithsonian and other cultural institutions including EDSITEment Senator John Heinz History Center, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, The collections include enough information to give students an introduction to the given topic as well as a foundation for deep-dives into lesser-known aspects. The collections may spark ideas for new projects, inspire new ways of using primary and secondary resources, and provide new perspectives for existing project ideas that students may not have considered before.
Six collections created by EDSITEment and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access EDSITEment’s award-winning library of lesson plans, documentaries, and resource databases to give historical context and significance to Smithsonian primary sources, such as protest posters from the Vietnam War and artwork created by World War I soldiers. Each collection also contains analysis questions to help students understand how to analyze artwork, photographs, objects, portraits, and documents in their research.
Another group of collections may inspire new ways of exploring a variety of local and national topic areas. These collections investigate topics such as labor movements and worker protests through music and other sources; free people of color in antebellum America; important figures who played key roles in conflict and compromise during the Vietnam War era; and much more.
One of these collections, NHD 2018: Reading American Art as a Historical Source, was created to guide “reading” American art as a historical text. The collection examines two annotated works of art closely to model the process of historical inquiry and analysis, and includes additional relevant artworks at the end. The collection Conflict and Compromise at the National Portrait Gallery
Check out these collections by clicking the links below. You can also easily find these collections by searching NHD2018 in the Smithsonian Learning Lab.
- Conflict and Compromise: Origins of the U.S. Constitution
- Conflict and Compromise: The War of 1812
- Conflict and Compromise: Chinese Exclusion Act
- Conflict and Compromise: The Mexican Revolution
- Conflict and Compromise: Art and World War I
- Conflict and Compromise: The Vietnam War
- Conflict and Compromise: Pittsburgh's Labor History
- Conflict and Compromise: People of the Vietnam Era
- Conflict and Compromise at the National Portrait Gallery
- The NHD @ NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid 2018: Conflict and Compromise in History
- NHD at NMAAHC 2018 - Conflict and Compromise in History: Free People of Color in Antebellum America Making A Way Out of No Way
- NHD 2018: Reading American Art as a Historical Source
- Labor Movements, Unions, and Musicians
- Conflict and Compromise: Japanese Incarceration during World War II (NHD @ the National Museum of American History)
- National History Day 2018 - Compromise after Conflict
Just a reminder: you can use these collections as they are, you can copy and adapt them using your own resources or ones you find on the web, or you can create your own from scratch – it’s all up to you!
Finally, we know helping students document their sources can be another challenge. To make this easier, the Learning Lab now has a citation feature. You’ll see an icon (quotation marks as illustrated here) attached to all resources and collections. This icon is located on the left side of the screen for resources and in the upper right for collections. Click on this icon to generate MLA, APA, or Chicago citations.
Share your students’ National History Day collections with the Learning Lab community! Write to us on Twitter: @EDSITEment & @SmithsonianLab, #NHD2018. If you publish a collection on your National History Day topic, be sure to enter #NHD2018 in the description.
Image: El Gran Guerrillero Francisco Villa. (1877-1923) (detail), by Grabado de Alberto Beltrán
Estampas de la Revolución Mexicana, 85 Grabados de Los Artists del Taller de Grafica Popular (image 5/24)
Archives of American Art