Sample Topics

The following edited list of sample topics has been provided by National History Day in the United States, but is only a guideline. Brainstorm ideas with classmates, friends and teachers to find the topic you care about most. We have added some possible Canadian topics to the list — remember that topics can focus on any time period in any location, including outer space! This year’s theme is Taking a Stand in History.

 

  • Nelson Mandela’s Stand for Equality in South Africa
  • The Famous Five: Taking a Stand for Canadian Women
  • Martin Luther: The Stand That Started the Reformation
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Voice for Indigenous Culture
  • Standing for Women in Government: Indira Gandhi
  • The Establishment of Cubism: Picasso and Braque’s Stand Against Realism
  • Lech Wałęsa’s Stand for Workers’ Rights: The Establishment of the Gdansk Agreement
  • Laura Secord: Taking Risks, Taking a Stand
  • Taking a Stand Against the Emperor: Brutus vs. Caesar
  • Inca and Aztec Resistance to Spanish Colonization
  • Louis Riel: Taking a Stand for Canada’s Métis
  • Taking a Stand Against Racism: Viola Desmond’s Day in Court
  • Defiance in the Face of Cancer: Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope
  • Jennie Trout: Taking a Stand Against the Medical Establishment
  • Sir Thomas More: The Scholar Who Stood Up to a King
  • Muhammad Ali: Taking a Stand Against the Vietnam War
  • Taking a Stand By Walking Away: The Case of Igor Gouzenko
  • Betty Friedan: Taking a Stand for Women’s Rights
  • Resistance to the Meech Lake Accord: Elijah Harper’s Stand
  • The Power of Words: Thomas Paine’s Fight Against Tyranny
  • The Troublemaker: Carl Brewer’s Stand for NHL Players
  • The Velvet Revolution: Standing Against Communist Rule in Czechoslovakia
  • The Pope Versus a King: Henry VIII’s Stand Against the Catholic Church
  • Joseph Howe: Standing up for a Free Press in Canada