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An Apprentice's Indenture Contract (with text supports)

Many English settlers arrived in the colonies as indentured servants. Because poor men and women could not afford the cost of travel to North America, they bound themselves for four to seven years’ labor in return for passage across the [...]

Analysis Worksheet: "An Apprentice's Indenture Contract"

Use this worksheet as a scaffold to help students analyze a colonial-era "An Apprentice's Indenture Contract."

Analysis Worksheet: "Showing the Light to the Filipinos"

This worksheet helps students analyze the political cartoon "Showing the Light to the Filipinos."

Analysis Worksheet: The Preamble

This worksheet helps students analyze the Preamble to the United States Constitution. It includes vocabulary and other supports for low-level readers. It is used in the activity "The Evolution of the Preamble."

Petition from the Citizens of Massachusetts in Support of Women’s Suffrage (with text supports)

During the 1870s and 1880s, hundreds of petitions bearing the signatures of thousands of people flooded Congress, asking for a suffrage amendment. Local activists went door-to-door in their communities, gathering the signatures of sympathetic women [...]

Women Appeal for a Suffrage Amendment (with text supports)

Suffrage activists were disappointed that the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution did not include women’s right to vote. Susan B. Anthony and others formed the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), based in Washington, D.C., to pressure [...]

The Supreme Court Declares that the Constitution Does Not Protect Women’s Right to Vote (with text supports)

Female suffragists were disappointed when the final language of the 15th Amendment did not specifically protect the right of women to vote. Some women activists opposed the amendment for this reason. Virginia Minor was one of those activists. [...]

The Declaration of Sentiments (short version with text supports)

In 1848 a group of 300 women and men, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, met in Seneca Falls, New York to outline a list of demands for women’s equality. The Declaration of Sentiments, modeled on the U.S. Declaration of [...]

Maps of Women's Suffrage Prior to the 19th Amendment

Although early suffragists were not successful in passing a federal constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote, activists worked hard at the local and state levels throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They formed local [...]

The National Women's Party Pickets the White House

In 1916, a new militant suffrage group, the National Women’s Party (NWP), was formed. Led by Alice Paul, the NWP began picketing the White House. NWP members criticized President Woodrow Wilson for going to war “to make the world safe for [...]

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