2021: Communication in History: The Key to UnderstandingTheme Narrative by Ashley Foley Debbraccio, Program Assistant, NHD
During the 2020-2021 academic year, National History Day (NHD) students will explore topics relating to the theme Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. This theme asks students to consider how people exchange information and interact with each other. Students have the chance to explore how the methods and modes of communication have changed over time, and modes of communication have changed over time and how they have shaped the present. major inventions like the telephone, the telegraph, and the television stand out in our minds as obvious examples of how communication has changed over time. Yet, communication is more than just these inventions. It is about how words, thoughts, or ideas are exchanged throughout history.
THE ACT OF COMMUNICATION
Merriam-Webster defines communication as "a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior." History is filled with stories about people, groups , or nations either communicating or failing to communicate with each other.