This year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, asks students to view history through multiple perspectives. National History Day suggested questions to ask include: "Compromise can sometimes prevent a conflict, but what happens when it does not? If a conflict occurs, how can compromise help to end the conflict? What happens if a failed compromise leads to an even larger conflict?" For more detail on this theme, see the 2018 National History Day Theme Sheet.
We encourage students to consider topics that can be researched in local archives. To help you pick out topics for which HSP has sources, view our video. We particularly suggest you consider these topics, for which we have listed some primary and secondary spurces to get you started.
For more topic ideas, check out Preserving American Freedom. Or if you have an idea of a topic, check out HSP's Catalog & Research Tools to see if HSP has anything to offer. Researching the Collection Online for Students provides information on how to use Discover (online catalog) and the Digital Library.