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Alice Paul and Women’s Suffrage | The Great War

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The United States has a long tradition of civil disobedience. Before the protests of 2020, before the protests against the Vietnam War, before the Civil Rights protests of the 1960s, were the protests of the Suffrage Movement. Viewers of a short video are introduced to Alice Paul and the National Women's Party who took on the American Government and President Woodrow Wilson to gain women the right to vote. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Review and post the reasons President Woodrow Wilson gave when he asked Congress to declare war in April 1917
  • Have groups research and compare the approach taken by Alice Paul with that of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of The Great War: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE collection
  • Class members should have an understanding of events leading up to the United States entry into War War I 
Pros
  • Details about Paul's hunger strike while in prison and the attacks on the women by counter protesters are sure to capture the attention of viewers
Cons
  • None