NMAAHC is eager to support students who are engaging in historical research for projects, especially those related to National History Day. As the national museum devoted to telling the American story through the African American lens, NMAAHC can assist students in exploring multiple perspectives in history by providing access to primary sources, supporting materials, and expert mentorship.
Students, NMAAHC supports your journey as a junior historian, whatever topic you choose. Explore the page to discover resources that will help you have a positive history day experience.
NHD 2018 Theme
Conflict and Compromise in History
This year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. 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? Throughout this academic year, you will need to ask yourself these questions and more.
Your task as a student participant is to demonstrate conflict and/or compromise through a topic of your choice from local, state, national or international history. You will need to explore and explain the immediate, short-term and the long-term effects of a conflict and/or compromise through an individual, group or event. In conclusion, your project should answer this question: “So what?” Why should your audience care how and why did the conflict and/or compromise of an individual, group or event matter in the course of local, state, national or international history?
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) would like to support you in all aspects of your journey as a young historian and throughout the National History Day contest year. Below are a variety of resources from our collections, archives, and staff expertise that you may find helpful. And be sure to check out our workshops to help you build your project during the academic year.
2017- 2018 Resources
NHD in 1 - 2 - 3 at NMAAHC Workshops (Fall 2017)
Learn the details of the three workshops and link to the registration pages. This page includes selected resources from previous workshops.
"Conflict and Compromise: Free People of Color in Antebellum America Making a Way out of No Way."
Read our article from the 2018 National History Day theme book that explores the conflicts and compromises free African Americans experienced during the Antebellum Era.
The 2018 NHD at NMAAHC Theme Book Article Collection Connection Grid
Search and explore selected objects from the NMAAHC collection and other Smithsonian units that accompany the stories and experiences narrated in our 2018 NHD theme book article "Conflict and Compromise: Free People of Color in Antebellum America Making a Way out of No Way".
The 2018 NHD at NMAAHC Gallery Topic List
Use this list to help you find and explore topics for the National History Day 2017 – 2018 contest theme: Conflict and Compromise in History. These topics are from the objects and stories in our galleries.
Search our collection of historical artifacts, documents, photography and media.
The 2018 NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid
Search and explore selected objects from the NMAAHC collection and other Smithsonian units that fit the 2018 theme.
About National History Day
National History Day ® is an academic competition focusing on history for students in grades 6-12. Today more than half a million students enter the contest. They construct entries as an individual or in a group in one of five five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Students then compete in a series of contests - school, local/regional, and state - to proceed to the National Contest held each June at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The mission of National History Day is to provide students with opportunities to learn historical content and develop research, thinking and communication skills through the study of history and to provide educators with resources and training to enhance classroom teaching.