2022 Virginia History Day Topic Ideas

2022 Virginia History Day Topic Ideas

The following topics are just a few of the many possibilities that would make for compelling National History Day projects. Browse below for resources related to this year’s NHD Theme – Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. Or print the PDF.


General Subjects:

  • Public Debates (speeches, protests, novels, music, art)
  • Resistance Movements (strikes, revolts, revolutions, civil rights)
  • Leaders (diplomats, politicians, generals) 
  • Organizations (League of Nations, UN, alliances)
  • Government Documents (laws, treaties)
  • Symbols (emblems, flags, statues)
  • Secret Diplomacy (spies)  
  • Debate Technology (print, radio, TV)
  • Trade (unions, tariffs, taxes)       
  • War (start of wars, peace treaties)


Virginia Specific


Colonial Period


American Revolution


Building a New United States


The Civil War and Reconstruction

  • Both the United States and Confederate governments were concerned about the participation of European nations in the Civil War.  
  • The Emancipation Proclamation had an important effect on the meaning of the Civil War.
  • Following the end of the Civil War and spurred by the Transcontinental Railroad, American settlers rapidly moved into the West and forcibly occupied Native American land.
  • In the late 1800s, supporters of the “Lost Cause” portrayed the Confederacy in a positive light and falsely declared the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery.


The 20th Century