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Questioning Freedom: What was the significance of the Seneca Falls convention of 1848?


Questioning Freedom: What was the significance of the Seneca Falls convention of 1848?
Questioning Freedom: How were women’s lives changing in the late nineteenth century, and which direction was the women’s movement taking?
Dr. Kuhlman’s Questions
1.Was there any pattern to the granting of women’s suffrage?


Suffrage Map
2.How did voting rights relate to nationhood?

Women and “nationhood”
3.Women’s suffrage brought new rights. Were there still shortcomings after suffrage? Any items not gained with voting rights?
Gains for women
Shortcomings of women’s suffrage

4.Did international events contribute to women’s suffrage?

Suffrage Map
Dr. Woodworth-Ney’s Questions
5.Do you find any pattern to women’s suffrage in the American West?
U S Suffrage Map
6.Did suffrage proponents argue women voting would protect the status quo? What arguments were made in the American West in which womens’ suffrage would maintain the status quo?

Texas Example
7.Were there any other arguments presented?
Other women’s issues
Wyoming Example
Use the sources and answer this:
Compare and contrast the comments of Professor Kuhlman and Professor Woodworth-Ney. Do you find any similarities and/or any differences? Do the professors see any patterns or trends in the suffrage movements? What specific examples do they provide as factors in the enactment of womens voting rights? Besides the right to vote, what other concerns are presented by Professors Kuhlman, Woodworth-Ney and Foner? Were these concerns answered with suffrage? Why, or why not? Given the professors’ comments and Foner’s text, do you think granting women the right to vote was evolutionary (a natural progression) or revolutionary (a radical change)? Why?

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