School Improvement in Maryland

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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 4. Analyze the institution of slavery and its influence on societies in the United States

Objective c. Compare the relationship of abolitionists to the other reform movements

Women played a leading role in all of the nineteenth century reform movements and were often involved in several movements at one time. Have students investigate the lives and reform efforts of notable woman reformers, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, and Sarah and Angelina Grimke. Have students assume the identity of one of these women and pretend that they are being interviewed for a newspaper story. Provide students with a list of interview questions, and have them write responses as their reformer. Questions might include: What kind of life have you led? How did you get involved in the women’s rights movement? What other reforms do you support? How do you feel about slavery? What sorts of activities do you participate in as a reformer? Why do you believe women deserve equal rights? In addition to having each student write his/her responses, you may ask students to volunteer to be interviewed in character in front of the class.

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