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Looking for more resources to support students’
National History Day research? We’re here to help! This issue features new primary and secondary sources to spark ideas for, and new perspectives on, studying Triumph and Tragedy in History.
National Portrait Gallery’s article to learn about Americans who made history in the face of tragedy: abolitionist Sojourner Truth, President Woodrow Wilson, and Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were tried and sentenced for living together.
Next, dig into the
complicated history of U.S. voting rights, or consider stories of
American immigrant experiences in the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore
private and public responses to the death of a U.S. president in a collection by
Ford’s Theatre, the site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Finally, triumph over tragedy is the theme of a
Senator John Heinz History Center collection on the
scientific innovations that led to the polio vaccine and the fight against the detrimental environmental effects of pesticides.
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