The Suffragist

Museum Theater Program: The Suffragist

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History presents a filmed version of its on-the-floor program, The Suffragist.

This set of three classroom videos examines the actions taken by suffragists in 1917 as they fought to win the right to vote. Students meet Rebecca, a historical character from Takoma Park, Maryland, who is grappling with the decision of whether, and if so how, she will join the movement. Through this, students analyze and discuss the suffragists’ arguments and strategies, and investigate the guiding question: What did it take for women to win the vote?

See The Suffragist on Vimeo (all segments)

Classroom resources from History Explorer

Joining the Movement

In this video, Rebecca will examine the history of the woman suffrage movement and decide whether or not to join the Silent Sentinels in their picket of the White House.

Votes for Women

In this video, Rebecca speaks at an open air meeting to argue why women should have the right to vote.

Silent Sentinels

In this video, Rebecca discusses the Silent Sentinels' picket at the White House and the public reaction to their protest.

 

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