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National History Day Project 2017

NHD 2017 Theme: Taking A Stand. 

The National Library of Medicine offers a wide variety of resources to support your research needs for National History Day. Browse our online exhibitions, explore our digital collections, and search our catalog. The following are examples of individuals taking a stand on a diversity of issues, such as the inclusion of women and African Americans in medicine, substance abuse during pregnancy, and providing medicine to underserved populations.

Crowd of people marching holding anti-domestic violence signs.
Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives. "Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence."


Portraits of advocates for change: Frances E. Willard, 1880s, Amelia Bloomer, ca. 1852–1858, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, 1898, Sojourner Truth, 1864, Elizabeth C. Stanton (seated) and Susan B. Anthony, 1880
Advocates for Change. “Throughout history, activists from a variety of reform movements have undertaken efforts to address the diverse range of factors that affect women’s lives and their wellbeing. The individual and group portraits shown include people who worked in the temperance, suffrage, racial and gender equality/rights, feminist, battered women’s, and women’s shelter movements.”


A nurse innoculates a child
The Forgotten Frontier. "This is an unique and historically valuable film depicting the important medical aid that the Frontier Nursing Service provided in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. The Service provided child hygiene, midwifery, sick nursing, medical care, dentistry, public health, and emergency surgery for poor, mountain people."


A silhouette of people in group
Numbers: Taking A Stand against HIV/AIDS


Cover page of The Yellow Wallpaper with a sketch of woman writing
The Yellow Wall-Paper. “Live as domestic a life as possible… And never touch pen,brush, or pencil as long as you live.” - Gilman describes Dr. Mitchell’s advice 1913. Charlotte rejected Mitchell’s prescription to give up all her intellectual pursuits, and instead picked up her pen and wrote. First published in 1892, her story, about a young woman driven mad by the rest cure, has been reprinted many times and is now considered a classic of feminist literature."


Two portraits of Alexander T. Augusta, one in uniform and another in a suit
Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons and Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. "Augusta was the first commissioned African American surgeon in the military serving the Seventh U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War and became the first African American to head a hospital in the United States when he directed Freedmen's Hospital from 1863-1864."


Drawing of pregnant American Indian woman with the text, an inner voice tells you not to drink or use other drugs
Inner Voice. An Inner Voice Tells You Not to Drink or Use Other Drugs.


A child with a mobility impairment using a scooter board to move down a hallway
A Way Out of the Wilderness. "This program describes and illustrates steps being taken by the Plymouth State Home and Training School, Northville, Michigan, to bring mentally retarded children out of the wilderness into the mainstream of life."