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Women's Roles in Antebellum America

Activity Description

Students will examine an 1850 Census questionnaire and an 1851 political cartoon to understand women’s rights issues during the Antebellum Period.

Suggested Grade Level

11-12

Approximate Time Required

45 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to gather information from a primary source.
  • Students will be able to interpret a political cartoon from 1851 in historical context.
  • Students will be able to find evidence of women’s rights issues during the Antebellum Period in an 1850 Census questionnaire and an 1851 political cartoon.

Material Required

The student version of this activity, 4 pages

Activity Items

The following items are part of this activity. Items, their sources, and any relevant instructions for viewing them
online appear at the end of this teacher version.

  • 1850 Census Return
  • 1851 Political Cartoon

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Understanding
Blooms Taxonomy

Students will examine primary and secondary sources to understand what life was like for women during the Antebellum Period.

Subject

High School History

Topics

  • Antebellum Period
  • Gender equality
  • Social norms
  • Women’s rights

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing a political cartoon
  • Analyzing historical information
  • Drawing conclusions
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