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Rights and Responsibilities

2014 National History Day Theme

Minnesota History Day

on 28 October 2013

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Transcript of Rights and Responsibilities

Exploring the Theme
Legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people.
The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success.
When exploring the relationship
between rights and responsibilities, History Day projects should try to include both words but do not need to be equally addressed.
Brainstorm a topic
What kinds of rights are there?
Fighting for Rights
Rosa Parks
Defending ones rights
Texas v. Johnson
Denial of rights
Human rights
Women's rights
Natural rights
Constitutional rights
Animal rights
Civil rights
Voting rights
Start to narrow focus
Right to bear arms
Assigning Responsibility
Failure to take Responsibility
Little Rock Nine
Upholding Responsibility
Nuremberg Trials
Relationship between rights and responsibilities
Answers to who, what, when
and where are inputs.
Background and build-up information + historical context.
Is someone legally responsible?

Did someone become responsible?

Did someone feel responsible?
What happened to the right?

Was a right denied?

Were people fighting for a right?

Was a right established?
Loving v. Virginia
Property rights for women
Affirmative Action
Korematsu v. United States
Indian Boarding Schools
Trail of Tears
Rwandan Genocide
Roe v. Wade
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
What are rights?
What kinds of rights do you have?
Where do they come from?

What are responsibilities?
What kinds of responsibilities do you have?
Where do they come from?
Topics can address responsibility in many ways...
What is the significance of the topic in history?
Literacy tests for African American voters in the South

Rondo and Interstate 94
In the 1960s, homeowners in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood lost the right to their homes as the government used the power eminent domain to create a route for the construction of Interstate 94. The government saw the highway as fulfilling their responsibility to maintain infrastructure, however, residents saw this as a purposeful destruction of a minority community. The freeway served the growing dependence on automobiles, but at the cost of fracturing the African American community in St. Paul.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
In 1911 a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took the lives of 146 workers. The trial and debate that followed, pitted the owner’s right to control their business against their responsibility to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Although the owners were acquitted, the fire eventually resulted in stricter safety standards and increased attention for the labor movement.

Current events
Overusing theme words
Choosing a side/ getting "preachy"
Letting the reader decide
Having too broad of a topic
Pure Food and Drug Act
Sample Topics
Nuremberg Trials
The Nuremberg Trials were held after World War II in an attempt by the victorious Allies to hold Nazi officials responsible for their actions during World War II. In doing so, the trials established a foundation for international criminal law and the right of an international body to prosecute and punish government and military officials for their actions.

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