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Women's Suffrage Movement

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Women gained the right to vote in the twentieth century, but the fight for equality dates back centuries. Using an invitation to an 1874 suffrage convention, eager historians consider the motivations behind supporters of the suffrage movement. Extension activities include opportunities to consider who does not have the right to vote today. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a timeline of the women's suffrage movement and situate the document within the larger context
  • After doing additional research, have pupils write letters as if they attended the convention to articulate their views on suffrage
Classroom Considerations
  • Students must be able to view the picture of the original document on the Internet or through a high-quality copy
  • Document image is intriguing
  • Activities allow for learners to practice a variety of skills, including document analysis and creative writing
  • Lesson presumes men and women have different reasons for supporting suffrage
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