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Four African American women seated on steps of building at Atlanta University, Georgia

[Detail] Four African American women seated on steps of building at Atlanta University, Georgia

Lesson Preparation

Preparation: Teacher planning (one - two planning periods)

Each group of students is provided a packet of primary source information. These packets will provide information on a certain category of Nineteenth Century woman.

Search or browse the collections to select primary sources to represent different types of women's experiences in the nineteenth century United States. When dealing with a long document, be selective with the text you choose to include in the packet rather than just printing the entire document. Represent various regions [Northeast, Southeast, West], races [White, Black, Hispanic], and socioeconomic levels [upper class, poor, slaves, educated, not educated] in the categories chosen. In putting the packets together, journal entries should be balanced with those that are easy to read and some that are challenging either because of content or dialect. Photographs and maps may also be included.

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