North Carolinians Take a Stand on Ratification of the 19th Amendment

The fight to pass the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution that guaranteed women the right to vote was contentious and divisive. Many states refused to ratify the amendment, initially proposed in 1878. Class members examine documents that describe the history of the long and winding road to the ratification by North Carolina, a state that did not ratify the amendment unitl 1971.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research if and when your state ratified the 19th amendment and the arguments presented for and against the ratification
  • In addition, have groups research the current voter eligibility requirements for your state
Classroom Considerations

  • While the resource is intended for North Carolina schools, the lesson could easily be adapted to other states
  • Requires access to the North Carolina State Archives
Pros

  • The three-page packet includes a background article on North Carolina's stand on the 19th amendment, suggestions for activities, and a worksheet
Cons

  • The brief plan provides no scaffolding or rubric for the research project