Three New Resource Books From ABC-CLIO Will Help Students Explore 2009 National History Day Theme

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Lesson Plans, Reference Materials in Books Focus on "The Individual in History"

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The Individual in History: Uncivil Disobedience

Can one individual really change the course of history? Students can answer that question by exploring the ways the actions of individuals have shaped the world in which we live today and then by developing their 2009 National History Day projects with three new teacher resource books from ABC-CLIO. The books focus on the 2009 National History Day theme of "The Individual in History," by exploring the impact of key individuals in three different social movements in U.S. history.

ABC-CLIO's teacher resource books, "The Individual in History: Uncivil Disobedience," "The Individual in History: Environmental Movement" and "The Individual in History: Native American Resistance," were developed by award-winning educators and meet state and national standards. History teachers can use the books' lesson plans to help students explore the scholar-authored essays and primary source materials that are included for each topic.

"We selected 'The Individual in History' as the 2009 National History Day theme because we believe it offers students a unique opportunity to delve deeply into the way that one individual can change the course of history," said Cathy Gorn, executive director, National History Day. "These new resource books from our partner, ABC-CLIO, will offer history students and teachers a powerful tool for beginning to talk about this topic and to plan their creative and scholarly projects."

The National History Day contest engages students in grades six through 12 in discovery and interpretation of historical topics related to an annual theme. Students hone their talents and produce creative and scholarly projects in the form of exhibits, documentaries, historical papers, performances or Web sites. After a series of district and state contests, the program culminates with a national competition at the University of Maryland in College Park each June. ABC-CLIO is a major sponsor of National History Day.

"Using 'The Individuals in History' resource books, history teachers can help students think critically about the significant impact that one individual can have on the way that history unfolds," said Becky Snyder, president, ABC-CLIO. "The creative lesson plans and authoritative reference materials in the books offer teachers powerful tools for provoking insightful class discussions and will help student historians to develop their entries for the 2009 National History Day contests."

With "The Individual in History: Uncivil Disobedience," teachers and students can explore four distinct social movements: the Sons of Liberty during the American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, the temperance movement, and the civil rights and black power movements of the late 20th century. The book takes a close look at the actions of two individuals who changed history, Sam Adams and Carrie Nation.

Teachers can use the standards-based activities and primary sources in "The Individual in History: Environmental Movement " to stimulate classroom discussions on the hot topic of the environment. The materials will help students consider how pioneering environmentalists such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt and Rachel Carson changed the world in which we live today.

Using "The Individual in History: Native American Resistance ," history teachers can give students an insider's perspective on the impact of the pioneers and American colonialism on Native Americans. Students will learn more about King Philip, who in 1675 waged war against English colonists in what is now southern New England; and the westward expansion in the early 1800s, particularly of Tecumseh and his brother, The Prophet, who attempted to unite all tribes in a fight against the pioneers.

Through a special introductory offer available until June 30, 2008, teachers can save 35 percent by ordering all three books for $74.99. Individual copies are $39 each. To order the "Individuals in History" resource books or for more information, visit or call 800-368-6868.

ABC-CLIO provides history teachers and students with authoritative reference information and teacher resources that help students hone the skills of history inquiry and inquiry-based discussion as they master historical content and develop a deeper understanding of history's major themes and lessons. ABC-CLIO's award-winning subscription databases provide a comprehensive collection of references, curriculum and current events that together simplify historical research and help students make sense of world events as they unfold. A premier history publisher for more than 50 years, ABC-CLIO is based in Santa Barbara, Calif. For more information or a list of available titles, visit

About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic organization for elementary and secondary school students. Each year more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in a national competition each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park. In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success: critical thinking and problem-solving skills; research and reading skills; oral and written communication and presentation skills; self esteem and confidence; and a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process. More than five million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they have learned through NHD. For more information, visit


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