Legacy and Leadership: National History Project

My daughter, an avid reader, has chosen Agatha Christie for her National History Day Project. To convince her teachers of her non-traditional choice, she is looking to learn more about Ms. Christie's leadership and legacy as these are the themes for the National History Day Project.  Leadership, in the context of the National History Day project,"is the act of leading: providing motivation, guidance or direction, usually from a position of authority. Leadership also implies the ability to lead—possessing the skills necessary to articulate a shared vision and inspire others to embrace and achieve that vision. Leaders often personify other admirable values such as courage, selflessness, ingenuity and patriotism."  Legacy, on the other hand, consists of "what is handed down to us from our ancestors or predecessors. More broadly, legacy is what is left behind for future generations—such as ideas and accomplishments. Legacies sometimes cannot be understood until long after a leader has passed away."   

It would be great if you could provide some ideas in regards to Ms. Christie's leadership and legacy, after all only the Bible and Shakespeare sold more volumes.  It would be wonderful if my daughter could convince her teachers of the significance an author plays in every-day life.  Unlike some of the leaders who fought wars or made peace, writers continue to enrich people's lives over generations, one story at a time.  Highlighting an author such as Ms. Christie in her National History Project would build upon her legacy and let the audience know that one doesn't have to be in politics or the military to leave a lasting impression.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    Your Daughter could point out that her Sleuths paved the way for sleuths like them, Would we have Mel Craig, Melita Pargetter, Meredith Mitchell and Rebecca Tope's Female sleuths if we didn't have Miss Marple, did Agatha Christie Inspire Simon Brett or others when becoming Writers? Is Tom Barnaby Just Battle in a different era? Leadership is more difficult to talk about.
  • glalonzo0408glalonzo0408 Pennsylvania, United States

    One of Agatha Christies's favourite sea swims has been recreated off the Devon coast to raise money for Sport Relief.

    The swim from Meadfoot Beach, Torquay, out to Shag Rock, was organised by Sophie Pierce, of BBC Devon.

    Agatha Christie, who grew up in Torquay and had a home at Greenway near Paignton, was a keen outdoor swimmer all her life.

    Sport Relief is a biennial event, held to raise money to help young people in the UK and abroad.

    The theme of the 2014 event, which culminates with a BBC television fundraising programme on 21 March, is running, swimming and cycling.

    Despite a sea temperature of 10C (50F), the swimmers said conditions in Torbay were "ideal".

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