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Suffrage: The changing role of women
In this lesson, students use oral history excerpts and photographs to learn about the women's suffrage movement in the United States from a variety of perspectives.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The Great Depression: Impact over time
In this lesson students listen to oral history excerpts from Stan Hyatt from Madison County and evaluate how the Great Depression affected one North Carolina family over time.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Southern women trailblazers
The resources on this page are designed to help educators teach about the changing role of women in American society, particularly in the south. By engaging in these activities, students will not only learn about women considered to be trailblazers in their time, but they will also think critically about traditional gender roles, women's roles in politics, academics, and professions, and the contributions of women to society.
Format: lesson plan
World War I and the changing face of gender roles
In this lesson, students analyze oral histories in order to learn more about Progressivism and the impact of World War I and World War II on the role of women in the United States.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
By Lee Adcock.
Commemorative landscapes
These lessons for elementary, middle, and high school were developed in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Library Commemorative Landscapes project to introduce and promote student understanding and writing of North Carolina’s history through commemorative sites, landscapes, and markers.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
North Carolina women and the Progressive Movement
In this lesson, students read primary source documents from Documenting the American South specifically related to North Carolina women involved in reform movements characteristic of the Progressive era. For the most part, these documents detail women's work in education-related reform and describe the creation of schools for women in the state. They also demonstrate that, as was true in the rest of the nation, the progressive, female reformers of N.C. were segregated based on race and socio-economic status.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Votes for Women
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.8
This poster, published by the North American Woman Suffrage Association, counters opponents arguments about why women shouldn’t be given the right to vote.
Format: poster/primary source
Why We Oppose Votes for Men
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.6
Satirical column by Alice Duer Miller, challenging people opposed to women's suffrage. Includes historical commentary.
Format: poster/primary source
Elizabeth Freeman in suffrage demonstration
Elizabeth Freeman in suffrage demonstration
Elizabeth Freeman, a women's suffrage activist, participates in a demonstration for women's voting rights.
Format: image/photograph
Gertrude Weil congratulates — and consoles — suffragists
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.11
Letter from Gertrude Weil, president of North Carolina's Equal Suffrage Association, to supporters after the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified by enough states to become part of the Constitution -- but failed to pass in North Carolina.
Format: letter/primary source
Our Idea of Nothing at All
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.7
Poem by by Alice Duer Miller attacking a U.S. Senator from North Carolina who opposed women's suffrage. Includes historical commentary.
Format: poetry/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Representing historic women figures in North Carolina
In Commemorative landscapes, page 2.4
This lesson, developed using the Commemorative Landscapes collection, examines North Carolina’s commemoration of the contributions made by women and asks students to think about how the commemoration of women might affect our collective understanding of women’s contributions to North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Kate Allman.
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
Farmville's choice
In this lesson, students will learn about rural life in North Carolina at the turn of the century. Home demonstration and 4H clubs implemented many programs to help people learn better farming techniques, ways of preserving food, and taking care of the home. Several North Carolina leaders went to great lengths to ensure the success of these programs. In part of this activity, students help the town of Farmville dedicate a monument to one of those people.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Lucy Burns
Lucy Burns
Women's suffrage movement leader Lucy Burns addresses a crowd.
Format: image/photograph
Frances Willard
Frances Willard
Portrait of Frances Willard, who was active in the movements for temperance and women's suffrage.
Format: image/photograph
Alice Paul
Alice Paul
Women's suffrage leader Alice Paul raises a glass in front of a banner.
Format: image/photograph
Reading guide: Cherokee women
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.7
These questions will help to guide students' reading of "Cherokee Women" and encourage them to think critically about the text. The questions focus primarily on the Cherokee matrilineal kinship system and on the cultural differences between the Cherokee and the Europeans who arrived in the early 1700s.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
4-H women inspecting bread
4-H women inspecting bread
The background of this black and white photograph is of a brick building. In front of the building is a table covered with a cloth and loaves of many different kinds of bread. From behind the table, three 4-H club women inspect the bread as part of a 4-H food...
Format: image/photograph