Sign of the Times: Activism in the Suffrage Movement

by  HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

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How did Suffragists convince Congress to ratify the 19th amendment? This program tracks and examines the rhetorical techniques used by Virginia women in the fight to gain women's suffrage. Students will use primary sources from the VMHC's collection to see how tone and word choice intensified during the Suffrage Movement. By exploring how to craft an argument, students will learn how writing influenced social activism.

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45 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Richmond, VA
United States

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society—a private, non-profit organization. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.

HistoryConnects is an outreach education initiative by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture utilizing video and web conferencing to reach learners of all ages across the state of Virginia and around the world! HistoryConnects is made possible in part by the Hugh V. White, Jr., Outreach Education Fund.

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Program Details


1. This program begins by reviewing persuasive techniques
2. Students will then analyze primary sources from the VMHC's collection
3. They will simultaneously examine which persuasive Virginia Suffragists used, and how and why they changed over time
4. The program will end with time for questions


This program will be successful if participants can...

-Analyze how and why Suffragists’ rhetorical techniques changed over time
-Explain the ways race and class overlapped for women in the Suffrage Movement
-Demonstrate how protest signs and ephemera can be used as primary sources

Standards Alignment

National Standards

U.S. History II

? USII.1e
The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking… comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, and political perspectives in United States history

? USII.1f
The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking… determining relationships with multiple causes or effects in United States history

? USII.4e
The student will apply social science skills to understand how life changed after the Civil War by evaluating and explaining the impact of the Progressive Movement on child labor, working conditions, the rise of organized labor, women’s suffrage, and the temperance movement.