Gender and the Freedman's Aid Movement
A class discussion
focusing on conflicts between male and female reformers; a suggestion
for a class debate; an optional written assignment based on the debate.
Anti-Lynching Campaigns, 1890-1942
focusing on differences between black and white women's approaches
to ending lynching; class activity asking students to write and give
speeches against lynching from different points of view; paper assignment
exploring differences and similarities in women's views about lynching.
Women and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair
Washington and Du Bois's positions on woman suffrage; exploration
of the conceptions of African-American citizenship articulated by
three African-American women in 1894.
T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois on Woman Suffrage
Margaret Murray Washington's position on woman suffrage and a comparison
of her position to that of other women; comparison of the women's
positions to those of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois; paper
assignment asking students to write short speeches from one of these
Fight for Bread and Roses
focusing on a retrospective account of the strike; comparisons of
different accounts of the strike; exploration of how the strike was
"gendered" in the media.
for Passage of the National Suffrage Amendment
on lobbying tactics suffragists used to obtain the passage of the
Nineteenth Amendment; examination of relationships between prominent
suffragists; paper assignment focusing on newspaper coverage of the
suffrage campaign and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.
York Suffragists and Electoral Politics, 1919-1926
the difficulties women activists encountered when attempting to work
within the established political parties after the passage of the
Nineteenth Amendment; discussion of suffragists' efforts to defeat
Senator James Wadsworth from New York in his reelection campaigns
in 1920 and 1926 as a case study exemplifying these difficulties;
paper assignment focusing on the conflicts between suffrage and anti-suffrage
vs. Patriotism in the 1920s
focusing on understanding the debate between the Women's International
League for Peace and Freedom and the Daughters of the American Revolution
about war and disarmament; small group work exploring the "Red
Scare" and its impact on peace organizations; short writing assignment
analyzing political cartoons reprinted in DAR Magazine.
The 1938 San Antonio Pecan Shellers Strike
of three different newspapers' coverage of the pecan shellers strike;
discussion of left-wing politics in the strike; writing assignment
focusing on the central role of women in the strike.
Rican Needleworkers During the New Deal
of the newspaper coverage of the 1933 needleworkers' strike in MayagŁez,
Puerto Rico; writing assignment asking students to explain potential
reasons why the attitudes expressed in the newspapers toward strikers,
owners, and police were so varied.