Turning Points

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  • from the 2012 National History Day Website. Theme: Turning Points in History
  • Reign of Terror: Radicalization of the French Revolution
  • The Treaty of Versailles in 1918 and its Consequences
  • Valley Forge and the Development of the Continental Army
  • The Continental Association and the Coming of the American Revolution
  • John Maynard Keynes and the influence of Keynesian Economics
  • Brown v. Board of Education and the integration of American Schools
  • Federal Power and the Case of McCulloch v. Maryland
  • Plessy v. Ferguson and the Growth of Jim Crow
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine’s Pivotal Role in the High Middle Ages
  • Ronald Reagan and the Resurgence of Conservatism in America
  • The Effects of the Fall of Constantinople
  • Battle of Sekigahara and the Rise of Tokugawas
  • Invention of the Spinning Jenny and the Rise of the Textile Industry
  • The Great Migration of African Americans to the North and its Consequences
  • The Russo-Japanese War: Introduction of Japan as a World Power
  • First Victory of the Women’s Suffrage Movement: Norwegian Women Gain the Right to Vote
  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Decline of the Soviet Empire
  • The Transformative Impact of the Printing Press
  • Bacon’s Rebellion and the Transformation of Virginia
  • Effects of the Crusades on Medieval Europe
  • King Phillip’s War and its Impact
  • Ms. Magazine and the growth of the Feminist Movement
  • 1492: A New World for America and Europe
  • The Third Punic War and the End of Carthage
  • Revocation of the Edict of Nantes and the Huguenot Migration
  • Publication of the Koran and the Expansion of Islam
  • Mary Wollstonecraft and the Early Women’s Rights Movement
  • Prince Henry the Navigator and Portugal’s Exploration of Africa
  • Irish Potato Famine and the Irish Diaspora
  • Clovis and the Unification of France
  • Midway: Turning the Tide in the Pacific War
  • Walter Reed and the Conquest of Yellow Fever
  • The Civilian Conservation Corps: Savior of Young Men
  • The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Coming of the Civil War
  • The Interstate Highway Act of 1956 and the Growth of Suburban America
  • Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the Coming of the Protestant Reformation
  • Turning Points of the Korean War: China’s Entry
  • The International Women’s Day Strike in Petrograd: Spark of the Russian Revolution
  • The Impact of Buddha’s Teaching on India
  • Ptolemy’s Conquest of Egypt and the Growth of Kushite Civilization
  • Consequences of the Recapture of Jerusalem by Salah ah Din
  • Television in the 1950s and the Transformation of American Entertainment
  • Genghis Khan and the Pax Mongolia
  • The Impact of the Erie Canal
  • Changing Middle East Politics: The Rise of OPEC
  • The Sinking of the USS Maine and the Beginning of the Spanish American War
  • The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and the American Labor Movement
  • Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse: A Cultural Transformation
  • The Beatles and the British Invasion
  • The Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution in Iran
  • Roger Williams and the Separation of Church and State
  • Watergate and the Weakening of the Presidency
  • Breaking the Barrier: Jackie Robinson
  • The Keating-Owen Act and Child Labor
  • Birth of a Sugar-Planting Colony: The Dutch Occupation of Brazil
  • The Great Fire of London and its Aftermath
  • Harvard: First College of the Colonies
  • Brigham Young and the Mormon Migration to Utah
  • Samuel Gompers and the Founding of the American Federation of Labor
  • The Marshall Plan and the Reconstruction of Postwar Europe
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