D.A.R. American History & Christopher Columbus Essay Contests
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The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sponsors annual essay contests for students in grade 5 to 12.
The local Sarah Ann Cochrane Chapter, DAR invites students to enter the following essay contests based on grade level:
- Grades 5 to 8 American History Essay Contest (PDF, 3 pages)
"The Women's Suffrage Campaign" The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the United States Congress on June 4, 1919, and was ratified on August 18, 1920. This amendment granted all American women the right to vote and hold elective office. Many Americans at the time viewed this as a radical change to the U.S. Constitution. Imagine you are living in 1919 while the women's suffrage campaigns were having impact on Americans politically and socially. Discuss the pros and cons of this new amendment the U.S. Congress has passed.
- Grades 9 to 12 Christopher Columbus Essay Contest (PDF, 3 pages)
"Comparing Ship Technology: The Ships Columbus Used Versus Ships of Today" The three-ship fleet of Christopher Columbus included two ships known as caravels, Nina and Pinta, and one larger ship which served as Columbus' flag ship, Santa Maria. Discuss the advantages and disadvantage of these late fifteenth-century ships compared to the modern ships of today and how they would have been prepared for his voyage.
See the above PDFs for topics, instructions, reading lists and awards. The chapter winners will be forwarded to the state committee and state winners will be forwarded to the national committee. There are prizes at the state and national levels.
Deadline to submit the completed essays to the chapter contact is November 9, 2018.
Seniors - watch for an additional opportunity, the DAR Good Citizen Program and Scholarship Contest on the Scholarships page.