September 11, 2020

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Women’s Rights – Seneca Falls & Beyond

Zoom into left half of this map (.pdf or online) to answer the following questions about the Women's Rights National Historical Park. Where is it and how would you get there from where you live? Why did the National Park Service choose this location? What would you do if you visited the park? Why is it important to commemorate the struggle for equal rights? Read the timeline half of the map (.pdf or online), then choose one section to research further. Search for the event or … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Ida B. Wells

From the Library of Congress: “The facts have been so distorted that the people in the north and elsewhere do not realize the extent of the lynchings in south,” stated Ida B. Wells in June of 1895. Wells worked tirelessly to fight against lynching in the American South through newspapers, pamphlets, and speeches. A former school teacher, she is remembered for her work in both civil and women’s rights. A Red Record: Lynchings in the United States 1892, 1893, 1894 by Ida B. Wells Lynch law in … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Women & Family

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on women and family but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. More CMHEC topics will be referenced in subsequent posts. Encountering Masculinity: The Armour Mission Armour Mission historic newspaper coverage Exchanging … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote

Don't miss these great woman suffrage teaching resources using Library of Congress primary sources! Woman suffrage source set & teaching guide Lesson plans Around America to Win the Vote The Fight for Women’s Rights Learning from the Source: Tactics in the March to Suffrage Literature Links: Predicting & Inferring about Woman Suffrage Primary Source Investigation: Hazel Hunkins, Billings Suffragist Primary Source Investigation: Suffrage Suffragists and Their … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: National Anti-Suffrage Association

Look carefully at all the elements included in this scene. What do you think the photographer wanted the audience to think and feel? Be sure to back up your conclusion with evidence from the image. Choose three sources that provide arguments opposed to woman suffrage. Use what you learned to add thought bubbles to the people in this image. Explore a current suffrage issue, such as felon voting rights or lowering the voting age to 16, and the arguments for and against them. After, use what … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Protest & Reform Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about protest and reform in the United States. (For background information, check the bibliographic records for dates then review the relevant sections of the American Memory timeline.) Related primary source collections highlighted on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus are linked to below. The story may be in digital or print form. It could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. Click on each thumbnail image below to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Today in History–November 12–the Library of Congress features women's rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, born on this date in 1815. The daughter of a judge, Stanton was devoted to her studies but her higher education aspirations were thwarted because of her gender. This experience helped inform her philosophy on individual rights. She later became a leader, together with Susan B. Anthony, of the woman suffrage movement and served as president of the National Woman Suffrage Association and its … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Tactics in the March to Suffrage

Collective action can lead to change. "The basic functional requirements of a social movement," according to Herbert W. Simons, Emeritus Professor of Communication, Temple University, "are an ability to mobilize human and material resources, to exert external influence, and to mount resistance to counter-pressures." [1] In this primary source learning activity, students will examine the tactics supporters of the woman suffrage movement used in their long quest to gain the right to vote, consider … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Women’s History

Teaching resources Primary Source Learning: Women in U.S. History Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote Primary source sets Primary Source Spotlight: Woman Suffrage collections Women's Suffrage select primary sources & teacher's guide Woman's Land Army of America Activists Jane Addams Susan B. Anthony Clara Barton and the Red Cross Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Carrie S. Burnham Shirley Chisholm Betty Friedan Ruth Bader Ginsburg … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sojourner Truth

Today in History–November 26–the Library of Congress features Sojourner Truth, who died on this day in 1883. Born into slavery, Truth claimed her freedom and became a well known preacher, abolitionist, and women's rights advocate. Learn more about this extraordinary woman by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. Sojourner Truth image set Address by Sojourner Truth: Proceedings of the Woman's Rights Convention (September, 1853) "Sojourner Truth, The Libyan … [Read more...]