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Election Day!

[Detail] Election Day!

Lesson Overview

Women have been agents of change throughout American History.

Students will work primarily with two American Memory Collections, Votes for Women - The Struggle for Women's Suffrage and Votes for Women: 1848-1921, to understand how the suffragists of the early 20th century changed the requirements for voting in America.


Students will:

  • analyze and interpret primary sources for content, audience, purpose, and point of view;
  • explain the different arguments and tactics used by the suffragists to bring about change; and
  • evaluate the efficacy of these arguments and tactics.


Time Required

  • Six classes

Recommended Grade Level

  • 6-8
  • 9-12


  • Women's History


  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929


Claire McCaffey Griffin