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National History Day Project
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National History Day Project

Hi guys, I haven't checked in in a while.

So for World History, I am supposed to have been working on a National History Day topic involving anything besides America this entire semester. The theme is "leadership and legacy." The project is due Friday Jan 9th and I haven't even started it yet or thought about it.

Did anyone have to do the NHD project? How did you get started on it? Any helpful advice/guidance? And shit if anyone has a project they used in the past as a guide that would be even better.

Thanks guys, hoping to be more active on here. I tend to read a lot and not post Razz

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12-24-2014 11:47 AM
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RE: National History Day Project

Make a cardboard cutout of Joseph Stalin or Slobodan Milošević

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12-24-2014 12:37 PM
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Do it on the Viking Age, Preferably on the Great Heathen Army around the beginning time.

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RE: National History Day Project

Oh god, leadership.

Perhaps you can invest your time in the governments of the Han Dynasty in China. It's impressive how the Chinese have managed to stay united despite the number of different languages and cultures that exist over there, and different kinds of climates, topographies, etc.

The government of Tudor England is worth studying as well, or perhaps India.

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It's only impressive at how well they were able to murder and scheme.

Any great government has become great through blood and gut.

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national history day project.. oh the TERRIBLE memories.

worst project ever. waste of time.

I took DAYS on it and ONLY GOT A "B".

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RE: National History Day Project

I remember having something like this two years ago. I wrote an essay about why studying history is counterproductive Razz

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
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