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.
- African American Odyssey
- African American Perspective: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907
- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
- An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
- Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
- Chronicling America
- Civil War photographs
- Daguerreotypes: Portraits and Views, 1839-1864
- Map Collections
- Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789 to the Present
- Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
- Votes for Women - The Struggle for Women's Suffrage