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Women's Suffrage

Weighing the Evidence

All documents and text associated with this activity are printed below, followed by a worksheet for student responses.

Introduction

During the years of America's conflict in WWI, 1917-1918, the fight for women's suffrage increased in momentum.

Sort primary source documents to weigh historical points of view on the following viewpoints:

Giving women the right to vote detracts from our nation's goals.

Giving women the right to vote supports our nation's goals.



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Worksheet

Women's Suffrage

Weighing the Evidence

Examine the documents and text included in this activity. Consider how each document does or does not support two opposing interpretations or conclusions. Fill in the topic or interpretations if they are not provided. To show how the documents support the different interpretations, enter the corresponding document number into the boxes near the interpretation. Write your conclusion response in the space provided.

Interpretation 1
Giving women the right to vote detracts from our nation's goals.

Women's Suffrage
Interpretation 2
Giving women the right to vote supports our nation's goals.



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Petition from the Women Voters Anti-Suffrage Party of New York

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Senator William Borah`s Letter

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Senator William Borah`s Letter

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Petition from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local Union No. 921, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Praying for National Woman`s Suffrage

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Suffrage Petitions Sent to the Denver Post

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Petition for Woman Suffrage from Frederick Douglass Jr. and Other Residents of the District of Columbia

Page 1



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Georgia Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage Card

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Suffragists Picket White House. Suffragists Standing in Front of the White House, Washington...

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Photograph of Marine Corps First Class Private Edith Macies

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Manufacturing spiral puttees at plant of Alexander Propper & Company, New York City. Preparing the puttees for bailing. [African-American women working.]

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Training School for Women Workers at the Watertown Arsenal

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Woman Suffrage in Washington, District of Columbia, Suffragette Banner

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Women electric welders at Hog Island shipyard. These are the first women to be engaged in actual ship construction, in the United States

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Photograph of Women Suffragettes

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Women Taking Place of Men on Great Northern Railway at Great Falls, Montana

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Letter from the Alabama Male Association Opposed to Woman`s Suffrage

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Red Cross Parade, Harrisburg, PA. Central Pennsylvania Women`s Suffrage Association joins the parade

Page 1



Conclusion

Women's Suffrage

Weighing the Evidence

1. Select one historical document that suggests the strongest opposition or support of women's suffrage.
2. Discuss the following, citing evidence from your primary source:

Did America's involvement in World War I and the role of women on the homefront and on the warfront hinder or help the women's suffrage movement?



Your Response




Document


Petition from the Women Voters Anti-Suffrage Party of New York

Page 1



Petition from the Women Voters Anti-Suffrage Party of New York

Page 2



Document


Senator William Borah's Letter

Page 1



Senator William Borah's Letter

Page 2



Senator William Borah's Letter

Page 3



Document


Senator William Borah's Letter

Page 1



Senator William Borah's Letter

Page 2



Senator William Borah's Letter

Page 3



Document


Petition from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local Union No. 921, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Praying for National Woman's Suffrage

Page 1



Petition from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local Union No. 921, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Praying for National Woman's Suffrage

Page 2



Petition from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local Union No. 921, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Praying for National Woman's Suffrage

Page 3



Document


Suffrage Petitions Sent to the Denver Post

Page 1



Suffrage Petitions Sent to the Denver Post

Page 2



Suffrage Petitions Sent to the Denver Post

Page 3



Suffrage Petitions Sent to the Denver Post

Page 4



Document


Petition for Woman Suffrage from Frederick Douglass Jr. and Other Residents of the District of Columbia

Page 1



Document


Georgia Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage Card

Page 1



Document


Suffragists Picket White House. Suffragists Standing in Front of the White House, Washington...

Page 1



Document


Photograph of Marine Corps First Class Private Edith Macies

Page 1



Document


Manufacturing spiral puttees at plant of Alexander Propper & Company, New York City. Preparing the puttees for bailing. [African-American women working.]

Page 1



Document


Training School for Women Workers at the Watertown Arsenal

Page 1



Document


Woman Suffrage in Washington, District of Columbia, Suffragette Banner

Page 1



Document


Women electric welders at Hog Island shipyard. These are the first women to be engaged in actual ship construction, in the United States

Page 1



Document


Photograph of Women Suffragettes

Page 1



Document


Women Taking Place of Men on Great Northern Railway at Great Falls, Montana

Page 1



Document


Letter from the Alabama Male Association Opposed to Woman's Suffrage

Page 1



Document


Red Cross Parade, Harrisburg, PA. Central Pennsylvania Women's Suffrage Association joins the parade

Page 1