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[Detail] Suffragettes procession after release from prison.

Historical Comprehension: Identifying an Author’s Purpose

Examine the article “Why Women Should Protest” by Alice Stone Blackwell.

  • Which grievances does Blackwell list in her article?
  • What statistical evidence does she present to reinforce her perspective?
  • What was her purpose in writing the article?

Compare Blackwell’s article with the article written by an anonymous “Jane.”   How are the two authors’ purposes similar? How are they different? Which article do you think is most effective in conveying the author’s view? Why do you think “Jane” did not use her full name? Does this influence your reading of the article?