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Good history topics for a report ?I have a history paper I am going to have to write, I...

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bgravenor159 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 21, 2011 at 11:31 PM via web

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Good history topics for a report ?

I have a history paper I am going to have to write, I wanted to get a hed start with knowing exactly what I would like to write/learn about. What are some interesting topics in American History. It can be anything.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 22, 2011 at 12:08 AM (Answer #2)

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Hopefully, there are some aspects about American History that already interest you, because it would be much easier for you to write about something of which you are already familiar. I enjoy anything related to the American Civil War and the American Revolutionary War, so I would probably choose one of those topics. (I once won a national writing contest based on the theme of "The Effects of the French on the American Revolution.") Slavery, civil rights, pop culture, Westward expansion and early colonization might be other topics of interest.

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bgravenor159 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 22, 2011 at 12:14 AM (Answer #3)

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Hopefully, there are some aspects about American History that already interest you, because it would be much easier for you to write about something of which you are already familiar. I enjoy anything related to the American Civil War and the American Revolutionary War, so I would probably choose one of those topics. (I once won a national writing contest based on the theme of "The Effects of the French on the American Revolution.") Slavery, civil rights, pop culture, Westward expansion and early colonization might be other topics of interest.

I was seriously considering doing it on slavery, but then everyone in the class was like "oh yeah that's good." Which is understandable considering everyone already knows the basics of that topic. I had not considered early colonization. That is a great idea! Thank you!

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 22, 2011 at 12:19 AM (Answer #4)

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If you know much about your own ancestry that might be an interesting place to start as well.  I know a good deal about my family during the civil war.  For me, it would be interesting to look at the topic from the standpoint of how if affected my ancestors.  In more recent history, my grandmother was a nurse during the second world war.  Pearl Harbor and the fallout from it has always been an interesting topic for me because it helps me understand my grandmother.  You might consider looking at history topics from a more personal angle.  How did history affect the way your family was shaped?  How did things like WWII or the Great Depression affect your grandparents (or great grandparents)?  Many of the popular topics will be looked at by your classmates.  It might make writing and reading your paper more interesting to take a different, more personal, angle than your peers.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:33 AM (Answer #5)

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Your paper will be best if you write about something that actually interests you.  For that reason, I think #4 is a good idea.

However, if you don't really want to do that, why not look at the history of something that interests you.  If you're into fashion, look at the history of some particular kind of clothing.  Look at how it changed over time.  If you're into sports, look at the impact of the women's movement on sports opportunities for girls and women.  Just take something "small" like that that lots of other people might not think of and write about that.

 

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bgravenor159 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:46 AM (Answer #6)

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Your paper will be best if you write about something that actually interests you.  For that reason, I think #4 is a good idea.

However, if you don't really want to do that, why not look at the history of something that interests you.  If you're into fashion, look at the history of some particular kind of clothing.  Look at how it changed over time.  If you're into sports, look at the impact of the women's movement on sports opportunities for girls and women.  Just take something "small" like that that lots of other people might not think of and write about that.

 

Another topic that I had discussed with my teacher was Music. The problem is, is that music is such a HUGE topic and I don't know where to begin to start with norrowing the topic down. Could I start with say, genre ? Meaning explain how something like rock&roll has changed over a period of time? But even then the topic is still broad and how could you write a seven to ten page paper on that? Any suggestions for that?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:37 AM (Answer #7)

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Focussing on one genre of music would be an obvious way to narrow a huge topic. If you're looking to connect music and history, following American rock and roll would certainly be one possibility. Another type of music to consider would be jazz, the truly American contribution to the world of music. You could trace the development all the way back to the roots in African rhythms, then examine how the music developed it moved from place to place - New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, New York City, and beyond.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 23, 2011 at 9:16 AM (Answer #8)

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If your paper can be argumentative, you could address topics such as:

Could the attack on Pearl Harbor have been permitted?

Did the United States have to go to war to abolish slavery?

Controversial topics such as the above are often interesting to research. In regards to music, why don't you choose a specific time period in American History when music was directly influenced by current events or vice versa. Consider the Jazz Age and how it reflects the attitude of the Post-World War I generation or protest music during the Vietnam War.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM (Answer #9)

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It actually depends on what you are interested in. There has to be some period n history you are curious about. The report will be so much more interesting to write and read if it comes from something you're passionate about. Some people like time periods, and others are interested in wars. It's up to you.
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bgravenor159 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM (Answer #10)

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To all of you:

You have been a great help ! I will post more questions later on in the semester about history, it is not my strongest topic. Again, that you so much. I really do appreciate it :)

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briannahawk24 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2011 at 10:12 AM (Answer #11)

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One of timely and relevant topic for history report is about Veteran's Day. It would be nice to report on this topic in a modern perspective as to how this affects the youth of today and values/lessons learned from the past to apply in the future.

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