2017–18 Suggested Topics

The examples below offer a starting point for brainstorming about topics related to this year’s National History Day (NHD) theme, "Conflict and Compromise in History." Choosing one of these suggestions will not increase or decrease your chances of doing well at a National History Day contest.

Although you can select a topic dealing with any time or place in history, excellent subjects often are found by investigating local or statewide history. The availability of nearby scholars, firsthand informants, historic sites, and documents and records provides many research options, although your search for information about any topic should extend far and wide. Be sure to look at Research Resources on the FHD website for repositories in Florida. In addition, staff at the State Library and Archives of Florida have identified online resources in their collections that relate to Florida topics. You can visit the Library and Archives in person or access their collections online.

Florida History Topics (compiled by FHD)

  • Anti-Catholic Sentiment of Governor Sidney J. Catts
  • Battling the Cold: The Impact of the 1899 and 1989 Freezes on the Citrus Industry
  • Beacons in the War: Confederate and Union Attempts to Control Florida’s Lighthouses
  • Bernardo de Gálvez and the Spanish Victory at the 1781 Battle of Pensacola
  • Black Men in Blue Coats: African American Soldiers in the Civil War in Florida
  • Black Seminoles during the Seminole Wars
  • Conflict, Compromise—and Betrayal:  General Jessup’s False Use of the White Flag of Truce
  • Conflict and Compromise on the Florida Frontier:  The 1763 Treaty of Paris
  • Conflict on the Border: Andrew Jackson and Spanish Florida
  • Convict Labor Leasing in Florida
  • Developing Florida: Agriculture and Urban Sprawl
  • An End to Reconstruction: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876
  • Enemy Offshore: The German U-Boat Threat to Florida in World War II
  • Environmental Compromise: From Draining the Everglades to Protecting Them
  • Fire and Sword: Governor James Moore’s Destruction of the Spanish Missions in Florida
  • Florida Lighthouses: Conflicts with Wreckers, Slavers, and Natives
  • Florida Teachers’ Strike of 1968
  • Florida’s Wars of Indian Removal
  • Fort Mose: Spanish Florida’s African American Outpost
  • Freedom or Return: The Evolution of Florida’s Cuban Immigration Policies
  • From Collective to Individual Ownership: The Dawes Act of 1887
  • Governor LeRoy Collins: A Moderate Figure for Civil Rights in a Southern State
  • Governor Lawton Chiles Takes on Big Tobacco
  • Harry T. Moore and the NAACP in Florida
  • Interpretation of History as Conflict and Compromise: The Dade Massacre
  • Kennedy and Khrushchev: The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962
  • “Kill the Indian and Save the Man”: Richard H. Pratt and the Carlisle Indian School
  • Kingsley Plantation: Freedom and Slavery in Plantation-Era Florida
  • Land, Weather, and the Development of Florida
  • Lieutenant Adam Slemmer: Holding Fort Pickens for the Union in 1861
  • Patriots Revolt: Amelia Island in 1812
  • Point of Embarkation: Florida as a Staging Base during the Spanish American War
  • Private Property: Holatta-Micco (Billy Bowlegs) and Governor Thomas Brown and Claims against Native Lands
  • Reapportionment in Florida: Rural versus Urban, North versus South
  • Reconstruction in Florida, 1865-1877
  • Secretary of State Bruce Smathers and Efforts to Save Florida’s Old Capitol
  • Spanish Missions and the Conflict between Spain and England
  • Stopping of the Cross-Florida Barge Canal: An Environmental Compromise
  • St. Augustine: Haven for Runaway Slaves
  • Struggle for Sovereignty: Florida Under Five Flags
  • Uneasy Neighbors: Florida and Cuba in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • Union or Secession? Conflicting Stands of Governors Call and Milton on the Eve of the Civil War
  • The Capital Compromise: Tallahassee as Florida’s Capital City
  • The Conch Republic: Key West Attempts to Challenge the Government
  • The French in Florida: A Conflict for Spain
  • The Impact of Disney World on Orlando: From Tranquil Town to Bustling City
  • The Know Nothing Party
  • The Longest War: The U.S. Government versus the Seminole Indians
  • The Narváez Expedition: Conflicting Relations between Native Americans and Spaniards
  • The Reverend C. K. Steele and the 1956 Tallahassee Bus Boycott
  • The U.S. Acquires Florida: The Adam-Onís Treaty
  • The Wheeler-Howard Act of 1934 and the Impact on Florida’s Native Populations
  • Vietnam at Home: Campus Protest caused by the War
  • Who Owns History? The State of Florida versus Mel Fisher

US History Topics (compiled by NHD)

  • The Canandaigua Treaty of 1794: Compromise After Conflict
  • The Government Versus the Farmers: George Washington’s Lack of Compromise in the Whiskey Rebellion
  • The Treaty of Mortefontaine: Compromise to End the Quasi-War
  • The Second Great Awakening: Religious Conflict Driving Social Compromises
  • Conflicting Ideas over Religion: New Immigrants Challenging the Protestant Ideal
  • Fighting in World War I and Not Compromising Ideals: The Harlem Hellfighters
  • The Conflict of Monopoly and the Compromise of the National Association of Theatre Owners
  • Social Conflict During War: Japanese Internment
  • Conflicting Opinions, Compromised Values: The Vietnam Generation
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein: From Lighthearted Musicals to Serious Social Issues
  • Ronald Reagan and the Berlin Wall
  • The Camp David Accords
  • Theodore Roosevelt and the Completion of the Panama Canal
  • The Connecticut Compromise: The Prevention of Conflict
  • Opposing the War of 1812: The Hartford Convention
  • No Taxation Without Representation: The Failed Compromise That Led to a Revolution
  • Conflict in Salem: The Witchcraft Trials
  • Preventing Conflict: The Compromise of 1850
  • Antebellum Politics: The Nullification Controversy
  • The Revolution of 1800
  • The New York City Draft Riot of 1863
  • The Indian Removal Act of 1830
  • Reconstruction: Conflict and Compromise in the South
  • The Compromise of 1877
  • The Pullman Strike
  • The Silver Question: Farmers Versus Industrialists
  • The Burlingame Treaty and Chinese Exclusion
  • The Big Three: Conflict and Compromise at Yalta
  • Dollar Diplomacy: Ending Conflicts Through Economic Investment
  • UAW v. General Motors: Sit Down for Compromise
  • Conscientious Objectors in World War II
  • Taking the Fight off the Ice: The Creation of the NHLPA
  • The Truman Doctrine
  • The Marshall Plan
  • The Compromise to End All Conflict: The Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928

European History Topics (compiled by NHD)

  • The End of Compromise: Boudicca’s Fight Against Rome
  • Charlemagne’s Conquest and the Spread of Architectural Ideas
  • The Crusades: No Compromise for Faith
  • Martin Luther’s Refusal to Compromise His Ideals
  • Otto von Bismarck and the Unification of Germany
  • The Congress of Vienna: The Legacy of Napoleon’s Downfall
  • The Edict of Nantes: Compromise to End Conflict
  • For the Sake of Divorce: Henry VIII Versus Rome
  • Bloody Mary: A Catholic Who Refused to Compromise
  • Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I: Conflicts and Compromises
  • Conflict at Sea: How the British Defeat of the Spanish Armada Changed the Face of Naval Warfare
  • Isabella, Ferdinand, and the Spanish Reconquista
  • Galileo: The Conflict and Compromise Between Science and Catholicism
  • The Division of Berlin After World War II
  • The Castle Hill Rebellion: Conflict Without Compromise
  • The European Coal and Steel Community That Led to a Union
  • George Fox and the Quakers: Conflict with Society, Compromise with a New Faith
  • Selling Souls for Sugar: Slavery and the Sugar Islands
  • The Conflicts and Compromises Needed to Unify Italy
  • The Munich Agreement: Appeasing Conflict
  • The Treaty of Versailles: Prelude to the Second World War
  • Emmeline Pankhurst and Her Militant Struggle for Suffrage in Great Britain
  • Henry II and Thomas Becket: A Conflict That Led to Compromise
  • Catherine de’ Medici and the Huguenots
  • Conflict and Compromise in the Restoration of King Charles II of England
  • The Troubles: The Conflict and Compromise of Ireland
  • The Glorious Revolution: A Conflict That Led to the English Bill of Rights
  • The Treaty of Madrid: The Compromise to End Conflict
  • The Treaty of Paris: The Uneasy Peace of the Seven Years’ War
  • Settlement of New Land: Conflict and Compromise of the Treaty of Tordesilla

World History Topics (compiled by NHD)

  • The Unbalanced Compromises of the Opium Wars
  • King Rajaraja Chola I Conquers Ceylon
  • Buddhism and Hinduism: Conflicting Ideas and Their Cultural Impacts
  • Sikhs and Hindus: A History of Conflict and Compromise
  • The Forced Compromise of the Boer Wars
  • Conflicts over Religious Interpretation: Sunnis and Shi’ites in Islamic Tradition
  • Conflicts over Borders Necessitate Compromise: The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
  • Constantine’s Conflict and Compromise over the Date of Christmas
  • The Paris Peace Accords: Compromises to End the Vietnam War
  • The Conflict and Compromise of Repatriation of Ancient Artifacts: Howard Carter and King Tut’s Treasure
  • Athens, Sparta, and the Battle of Marathon
  • The Rule of Akbar: “The Great Mughal” over India
  • The Establishment of the Manchu Dynasty in China
  • The Japanese Constitution of 1889
  • The Crimean War
  • The Six-Day War
  • Colonization Conflicts: King Leopold’s Vision in the Congo
  • Resolution 181: The Conflict and Compromise of Creating a Nation
  • United Nations Peacekeeping Missions: Compromising to Avoid Conflict
  • The Iran Hostage Crisis: Coming to a Compromise
  • Nelson Mandela and the Fight for Equality in South Africa
  • “Men and women are equal; everyone is worth his (or her) salt”: Mao Zedong’s New Marriage Law
  • Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan: Ending the Cold War Through Conflict and Compromise
  • King Bhumibol of Thailand: The Conflict and the Compromise of General Srimuang
  • Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Zapatista National Liberation Army and the Conflict and Compromise of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement
  • The Conflict and Compromise That Led to Rwanda’s Arusha Accords
  • The Conflict of Blood Diamonds and the Compromise of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
  • The Internal Settlement: Conflict in Rhodesia Leads to the Compromise of Zimbabwe
  • Filipino Insurrection: Compromise with America to Win a Conflict Against Spain