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Women Granted Voting Rights in Wyoming
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TASK I:
Write a journal/newspaper style article in which you take a neutral stance (as a reporter) and give the facts about the actual event. What led up to the event? What happened during the actual event? Did it have an “end” or is it unresolved? You are to write about this event when it happened, you are assuming the role of a reporter in 1850, 1920, etc., not someone looking back from 2011. You need to cite your sources, and they must include information only available during that time period. At least one source must be primary and/or an eyewitness account. Important - This work will be submitted to TurnItIn.com. We will provide you information about using this helpful resource!
Women Granted Voting Rights in Wyoming21 years later, Women have the same voting rights as men

WYOMING - If a freed African American can vote, why can’t women? Wyoming as well as Utah, Colorado, and Idaho have recently enfranchised women, allowing them the right to vote. The debate has gone on for twenty-one years on whether or not women should have the right to vote and now they do in certain western states. The Women’s Suffrage Movement and women activists such as Anthony and Shanton have argued that the Fifteenth Amendment in the U.S Constitution guaranteed them voting rights.

The Fifteenth Amendment states that “[no right shall be cutoff] on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude” (Fitzgerald 1). Activists say that since they are conditional citizens and can't vote, then they should not be required to pay taxes since they have no say in government. Others argue that since women do not serve in the military, they shouldn’t be allowed to have a vote.

No further news on how this will affect the rest of the United States or what this means for other states and women’s voting rights. It only shows that 1869 is an important year for Wyoming and other western states.


Baker, Jean Harvey. “Women’s Suffrage Movement.” Gale Virtual Referenece Library . N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2011. <http://go.galegroup.com/>.
Fitzgerald, Michael W. “Fifteenth Amendment.” Gale Virtual Refrenece Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2011. <http://go.galegroup.com/>.

Task 1: Mastery Rubric
A quality news article will:
•open with an attention-grabbing headline
•identify the author's name and the date of the publication (in the past)
•develop the 5 W's in three power paragraphs
•paragraph 1: contain an interesting lead
paragraph 2: correctly cite a secondary source (an indirect quote)
•paragraph 3: correctly cite a primary source (eyewitness account)
•maintain appropriate journalistic voice
•read like an article written in the same time period as the event occurred
•be free of mechanics and Works Cited errors

TASK II

What is the Argument?
On whether or not women should have the right to vote in Wyoming in 1869.

PROMPT 1: Why did the majority of Americans not recognize the rights of members of this group?

In Wyoming before 1869 “… there were always women who strove to secure equal rights for themselves” (Andreas 1). Before 1869 women didn’t have equal rights as men, including the right to vote. That changed when Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Utah granted women the right to vote. This action started to change America, “…altering the lives of women at all levels of society” (Andreas 1). The debate started in 1848 when women activists such as Shanton and Anthony declared that women should have equal rights as men. Those who opposed activists said that since women didn't serve in the military, they shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions for the United States. They said they weren't “…discriminating against women” (Weiss 2), they were just doing what was best for the country. In 1869, women in Wyoming were granted to the right to vote, starting a revolution for women across the United States.


Andreas, Carol, Katherine Culkin, and Joan D. Mandle. “Women’s Rights Movement.” Gale Power Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2011. <http://go.galegroup.com/‌ps/>.

Weiss, Marcia J. “Equal Rights Amendent (ERA).” Salem History . N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2011. <http://history.salempress.com/‌doi/‌full/>.


PROMPT 2: How did advocates for the minority group shed light on this injustice?

Women were the minority group during the Women’s Suffrage Movement. “Prominent females such as Abigail Adams wrote and spoke…[about how women should have the same rights as men]” (Andreas 1). Other activists said that the Fifteenth Amendment guaranteed everyone the right to vote, including women. The Fifteenth Amendment states that “…[no persons rights shall be cut off] on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude” (Fitzgerald 1). Women across the United States protested by holding signs in public areas and did other peaceful protests. The minority group (women) shed light on their injustice by having peaceful protests and made signs that stated that women should have the same voting rights as men in Wyoming before 1869.

Andreas, Carol, Katherine Culkin, and Joan D. Mandle. “Women’s Rights Movement.” Gale Power Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2011. <http://go.galegroup.com/‌ps/>.

Fitzgerald, Michael W. “Fifteenth Amendment.” Gale Virtual Refrenece Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2011. <http://go.galegroup.com/>.


TASK III:


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Paragraph 1:Analyze the impact of the literary or artistic work for the minority group and/or American society as a whole.

The impact of activists granted women the right to vote. Once the idea that women should have equal rights as men started, the idea spread like wildfire. Suddenly women everywhere were holding signs protesting that they were as equal as men under the Fifteenth Amendment and should be treated equally. This sketch shows an activist at a peaceful protest, expressing her opinion with other female activists. In 1869 in Wyoming, women were granted the right to vote but it took one hundred years for other women in other states to be granted that right as well.

Baker, Jean Harvey. “Women’s Suffrage Movement.” Gale Virtual Referenece Library// . N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2011. <http://go.galegroup.com/>.
Andreas, Carol, Katherine Culkin, and Joan D. Mandle. “Women’s Rights Movement.” Gale Power Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2011. <http://go.galegroup.com/‌ps/>.

Paragraph 2: CLOSING-- How did the event impact the debate on the argument?

Female activists having peaceful protests such as holding signs that stated their beliefs had an enormous impact on the Women's Rights Movement. Women had fought for their rights for 21 years in Wyoming before they were granted in 1869. After that, Activists such as Shanton, Anthony and Abigail Adams wrote and spoke on how women were as equal as men under the Bill of Rights. This fight went on for one hundred years before women all around the United States had the same freedoms as men, including the right to vote.

Andreas, Carol, Katherine Culkin, and Joan D. Mandle. “Women’s Rights Movement.” Gale Power Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2011. <http://go.galegroup.com/‌ps/>.
TASK III: Artistic Expression Element Rubric
An outstanding product will.
•showcase a work that expresses a profound idea about your event and the argument surrounding it
•be the best example available, not simply the first one you find This is a good illustration for your topic, but I wonder if there is anything with more meaning out there.
•demonstrate your ability to interpret the meaning of the literary or artistic piece
•use the extended power paragraph format as a means to express your understanding of the event, argument, and how art literature and art
can reveal emotions and ideas Do you see emotions or a significant meaning in the piece?
•reference sources accurately
•mechanics are clean and effective
Rubric for the Time Line Page
An outstanding time line entry includes the following:
• Opens by identifying you, the author, and your event with a banner headline (see an example of a banner on the top of this page).
Under the banner, in the table place two graphics or photos that illustrates an important aspect of the event.
• Thoughtful responses to each prompt are supported by credible sources representing diverse perspectives on the event.
Each response should be posted in order (follow template instructions), contain few mechanic errors and follow the power paragraph format.
• The credibility of each cited source is established and internal citations accurately match the Works Cited.• TASK I and TASK II each introduce and cite two new sources; TASK III cites one new source.• The Works Cited lists 5 credible sources from the LC databases.