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New York in World War II Inquiry

Setting the Stage 
​Students discuss the following question: How does voting give citizens power to influence society and government? Is voting the only way for citizens to exercise their power to change society?
 
Supporting Questions
How was Sarah Robbins treated in the early 18th century and what action did she take to change the way she was treated?
 
What problems resulted from the industrialization of the United States and how did women try to solve those problems?
 
What issues did women face after they could vote and how did they try to change these situations?
 
Formative Assessment
Students answer the supporting question using evidence from the document.
 
List the problems created by industrialization and discuss the perspective of the women represented in the documents.
 
Identify the issue raised by Mary Young’s letter and discuss the Mary’s perspective on this issue using evidence from the document.
 
Argument
Discuss the issues that faced women from the 18th century through the twentieth century and explain the ways these women made their voices heard.
 
Extension
Research the voices of women in the history of your local community. How did women influence society and government throughout the history your community?
 
Taking Informed Action
In what ways are women actively making your community better today? Reach out to women active in your local community and find out how you can participate in their activities.
 

 

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World War II - Pack A Lunch That Packs A Punch Booklet, 1944

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4289-78_B3F8

World War II. Food Conservation Elementary Education, Page 2, 1944

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4287-78_B3F8_p2

World War II. Food Conservation Elementary Education, Pages 18-19, 1944

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4287-78_B3F8_p18_19

Closet full of canned foods from Victory Garden, 1917-1945

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4299-78_B2F8_CannedFoods

World War II - Root Cellar Photographs, 1943

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4299-78_B2F8_RootCellar

World War II. Learning Nutrition Photo, 1944

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4287-78_B7F36

World War II - Sky's the Limit for Paper, 1944

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4299-78_B4F1_paper

World War II - Public Works Photograph, 1943

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4299-78_B4F1_PublicWorks

World War II - Peter Paper Eater Photo, 1943

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4299-78_B4_F1_7

World War II - What Can You Spare That They Can Wear Photograph, 1943

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4299-78_B4F1_Clothing

Woman sewing, World War II, 1941-1945

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4299-78_B3

World War II - Conserving Clothing, Fight Waste booklet, 1944

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4287-78_B3F3_p19

World War II - Conserving Clothing, Fight Waste booklet, page 20, 1944

New York State Archives, NYSA_A4287-78_B3F3_p20