2018-19 DAR ESSAY TOPIC? "The Women’s Suffrage Campaign"
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the United States Congress on June 4, 1919, and was ratified on August 18, 1920. This amendment granted all American women the right to vote and hold elective office. Many Americans at the time viewed this as a radical change to the U.S. Constitution. Imagine you are living in 1919 while the women’s suffrage campaigns were having impact on Americans politically and socially. Discuss the pros and cons of this new amendment the U.S. Congress has passed.
- All 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schoolers, are eligible.
- This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.
- DO NOT submit a student photograph with entries.
- Grades 6, 7, and 8: 600 - 1000 words
- All words count, including "a," "and," and "the."
- DO NOT count the words on your title page or in your bibliography (works cited).
- Dates count as one word.
- Handwritten, typed or prepared on a word processor.
- Use black ink only.
- When using a computer, use non-script font no smaller than 12 point or larger than 14 point.
- All of the essay must be the student's original work.
- Any essay with information copied directly from sources without using quotes will be disqualified.
- Each essay must have a title page -- ask your language arts/English teacher for a sample title page.
- Each essay must have a bibliography (works cited) listing all references utilized -- the bibliography must adhere to MLA format.
- Internet resources, if used, should be cited and should include the electronic address used to access the document or supplementary material.
- Pictures, maps, drawings, graphics, and other such additions WILL NOT be considered in judging and should not be included.
- Historical accuracy
- Adherence to subject
- Organization of material
- Spelling and punctuation
- Length of essay
- Bibliography (Works Cited)
Good Resources to Help Me Write My Paper?
For this assignment, the most helpful databases are Research in Context (a GALE database) and eLibrary. Your teacher has the ID and password information needed, should you want to access these databases from home.
A variety of reliable websites, including the following (click on any of the active links below to access more information):
- National Park Service: Woman's Suffrage History Timeline
- History Extra -- 10 Things you (probably) didn't know about the Suffragettes
- Women's Media Center: How Suffragists--and their foes--used the media
- History, Art and Archives (U.S. House of Representatives): Women's Rights Movement, 1848-1920
- What is the 19th Amendment
- C-Span: Challenges After Women's Suffrage
- History.com: Women's Suffrage Videos, Fight for Women's Suffrage, and Women Who Fought for the Vote
- Library of Congress: Women of Protest
- Women's Suffrage: Crash Course U.S. History #31 (video)
- Lesson Module: Women's Suffrage in the United States
- Schoolhouse Rock: Women's Suffrage Movement