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Petition from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony, House of Representatives, 1874

Handwritten copy of petition from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to the House of Representatives, Jan. 1874

Handwritten copy of petition from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to the House of Representatives, Jan. 1874

National Archives and Records Administration, NARA_RG233_Stanton_Anthony_Petition
 
Document Description
Handwritten copy of a petition from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to the House of Representatives, January 1874.
 
Questions
What do Stanton and Anthony call for?
Why do they feel the time is right?
 
Historical Challenges
1. The following activity could be completed in order to extend students’ thinking and encourage them to make connections:
Instruct each student to identify a modern issue about which he/she has strong feelings.  Have students brainstorm ways to have their opinions heard and the effectiveness of each method.  Then have students research the names of any organizations that might champion their cause, and write a letter expressing their ideas and opinion on the topic they have selected,  then mail the letter.
2. Discuss ways that Stanton and Anthony might use to spread their message if they existed in modern times. How might having a Twitter account or Facebook page, for example, have helped or harmed their crusade?
 
 

About this Activity

 

Lesson Topic:

 

Historical Context
Twenty four years after the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s own Declaration of Rights, women still did not have the right to vote. By 1872, Stanton had joined forces with another powerful figure in the women’s rights movement, Susan B. Anthony and together they forged ahead focusing on a Constitutional Amendment. Despite a developing split in the movement as a result of the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the two continued to build support for women’s suffrage and other issues. The two leading groups united in 1890 to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association and during the era of Progressive Reforms (1890-1914) continued to lobby lawmakers, organize marches, and put pressure on both state and national leaders. Sadly neither Stanton nor Anthony, however, would live to see their dream fulfilled.
 
 
Essential Question
Does the military/government have the right to censor individual thoughts and ideas?
 
 
Check for Understanding
  1. Instruct the class to create a counterclaim letter in a similar style that argues effectively against Stanton’s and Anthony’s points.

                                                               

  1. State your “Big Idea” opinion/argument

 

  1. Identify all the erroneous comments you are refuting from the text and provide research and evidence to support your statements

 

  1. Provide individual opinions/arguments that you believe with supporting evidence

 

  1. Conclusion – persuade your readers to agree with your beliefs.