National History Day

DPLA is proud to be a part of National History Day, a series of contests in which students present research projects related to a historical theme that they’ve developed using primary and secondary sources. Containing millions of primary and secondary sources, DPLA is the perfect complement to National History Day. The page below contains information and resources related to our efforts to increase access to DPLA resources for National History Day students. Questions? Email us at

2021-22 Theme: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences

The 2021-22 National History Day theme is “Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” Students should begin their research with secondary sources to gain a broader context, then progress to finding primary sources, and finally make an argument about the effects of a topic in history. Below are selected free Primary Source Sets that would be useful for exploring this year’s theme.

Debate & Diplomacy in U.S. Domestic Affairs

Primary Source Set: Road to Revolution: 1763-1776

Primary Source Set: Creating the US Constitution

Primary Source Set: Shays’ Rebellion

Primary Source Set: Henry Clay: The Great Compromiser

Primary Source Set: The American Abolitionist Movement

Primary Source Set: Secession of the Southern States

Primary Source Set: Jacksonian Democracy?

Primary Source Set: The Black Power Movement

Debate & Diplomacy in U.S. Foreign Policy

Primary Source Set: Texas Revolution

Primary Source Set: World War I: America Heads to War

Primary Source Set: The Panama Canal

Primary Source Set: American Imperialism: The Spanish-American War

Primary Source Set: The Atomic Bomb and the Nuclear Age

Debate & Diplomacy Abroad

Primary Source Set: The Rise of Italian Fascism and Its Influence on Europe

Primary Source Set: Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

Primary Source Set: Latin American Revolutionaries

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