2017 NHD Theme: Taking a Stand in History
The following key points are from the 2017 NHD theme narrative written by Amanda Hendrey and Lynne O'Hara. It is provided to help students and teachers focus in on key aspects of the theme and what NHD projects should addressing order to advance in competition.
What does it mean to take a stand?
To take a stand, one must take a firm position on an issue. Historically, people have taken a stand: in support of an issue, opposing the status quo, against a powerful movement, etc. Remember that there is a difference between opposition and truly taking a stand.
Can a group of people take a stand?
Grassroots movements can become something more through the dedication of followers. Look at the lasting legacy of the actions of individuals and groups.
Often those who take a stand have to overcome opposition.
Times of crisis and war often lead to conflicts between the rights of the people and those of their government. Often these situations led to court cases where an individual or group challenged the right of the government to restrict liberties.
Many women have taken a powerful stand in history.
What happens when taking a stand fails to result in an immediate change?
Often many people and groups must take a stand to bring change to a society. Any movement for social and political change can require years.
Other key points and questions to keep in mind.
When deciding on a topic, it’s helpful to think outside the box.
One way to do this is to look at a well-known historical event, and dig deeper into it. By doing this, you can find numerous stories of people and groups who took a stand in history.