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Theme of the Year

Theme & Theme Book for 2014
To download a copy of the National History Day essay on the annual theme, click on Rights & Responsibilities in History
.....Read the theme to find out how-to create a project that reflects the ideas for Rights & Responsibilities in History.

To Download a copy of the 2014 NHD Theme Book, click on Theme Book

Suggested Topics for 2014 from NHD


Each year, National History Day establishes a broad theme for history fair competition. Students may choose a specific topic from any era of local, regional, state, national, or world history, but their projects must demonstrate clearly how their topics relate to the annual theme. Relevance to the annual theme is an important criterion in the judging of history fair entries in all categories.

Students should be careful to limit the scope of their chosen topic to make the research and interpretation manageable. In other words, students should narrow their topics to focus on an issue that can be explained and interpreted within the limits of their project category.

Effective history fair projects not only describe an event or a development, they also analyze it and place it in its historical context. Students should ask questions about the topic's development over time and its impact in history. Answers to such questions will help in drawing conclusions about the topic's significance in history. Ask the following questions about the topic:

  • How is this topic important?
  • How is this topic significant in history in relation to the yearly theme?
  • How did this topic develop over time?
  • How did this topic influence history?
  • How did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of this topic's time period influence this topic in history?

HOTRHF NOTE: This page is up to date for 2014 except for new t-shirt design.