National History Day

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY IN WISCONSIN

For middle school and high school students participating in the National History Day in Wisconsin competition, the Wisconsin Labor History Society annually offers prizes for the best projects on American labor history at each of the Wisconsin regional events, as well as the Wisconsin state finals.  For the 2013-2014 school year, students will be developing projects on the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”  Click here for ideas on addressing the theme. 

Two $50 awards are offered at each of Wisconsin’s REGIONAL events to be given for the best American labor history entries to be selected from any competition category; one award will be given at the junior age level (grades 6-8) and one award at the senior age level (grades 9-12).

Two $100 awards are offered at the Wisconsin History Day STATE event to be given for the best American labor history entries (one award at the junior age level and one award at the senior age level) to be selected from any competition category.

Click here  for information about the National History Day in Wisconsin program.

THEME OF EXHIBITS:  This year, the students will be asked to create projects on the theme “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”  Since much of labor history has been a story of the struggle of workers to win rights, the theme offers plenty of opportunities for students to find topics.  Some examples would include:

  • The fight for the 8-hour day, including the Bay View Tragedy in Milwaukee.
  • The Pullman and Homestead strikes of the 19th Century that involved the fight for recognition.
  • The establishment of unemployment and workers compensation in which Wisconsin was a leader.
  • The prolonged Kohler strikes for wages, benefits and recognition.
  • The Oshkosh Woodworkers Strike of 1898 which ended with famed Attorney Clarence Darrow arguing successfully against the use of conspiracy charges being used against unions.

These and many other examples of possible topics are listed on the website of the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Go to: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/teachers/historyday/

TYPES OF PROJECTS: Students may enter in one of nine categories:

Papers (individual only), individual exhibit, group exhibit, individual performance, group performance, individual documentary, group documentary, individual web site, and group web site.