Women's Suffrage and Early American Film



On this day in 1919, Congress approved the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the vote.  You will find a fascinating collection of primary sources about the womens suffrage movement on the Teacher Page of the Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/womens-suffrage/.

Your students may find some delight in early twentieth century American film clips. Students can clearly see change over time as they take a look at scenes from every day American life.  Newsboys on the street, men trying to keep their bowler hats on in the wind of the foot of the Flatiron in New York are among the clips found at the Library of Congress film collection America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915:http://www.loc.gov/collection/america-at-work-and-leisure-1894-to-1915/. There are related teacher support materials at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/connections/work-leisure/