Use this primary source set of women in baseball to have students examine cultural attitudes of American women from the late 1800s through the 1920s. You might start with having students complete a gallery walk with the images. After, you might have them analyze the song lyrics and read various newspaper articles (be sure to have them read about the newspaper as well; to do so, click on the newspaper name). Next, you might challenge students to put the images in chronological order. Then you could have them check their order by reviewing the image bibliographic records. Finally, you might have students create products (poem, song, slideshow, etc.) that make personal connections and demonstrate their learning.
Bloomer Girls: All-girls novelty act sweeps country playing baseball – Topics in Chronicling America
“University Women’s Baseball Teams Are Rounding into Shape” University Missourian (Columbia, Mo.), 28 March 1916
“Fathers of Vassar Seniors Capture Baseball Game from Their Daughters” Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), 13 June 1922
“The Woman Who (Maybe) Struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig” Smithsonian Magazine July 2013
Women’s Baseball by John M. Kovach Google Books preview
Featured Image: Concerning the American Girl Puck magazine