The centennial of the 19th Amendment arrived last Wednesday, August 26, 2020. No doubt, the circumstances are peculiar, to say the least. Access to some museums may be restricted and social distancing is encouraged everywhere, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate and learn more about this historic milestone.
Below you will find six amazing online resources to learn more about the fight for American women’s suffrage.
The Declaration of Sentiments, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The Declaration of Sentiments is the ideal way to begin this journey. This document was written mainly by Elizabeth Cady Stanton for the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, and both events (the convention itself and the publication of the document) are considered the starting point of the women’s rights movement in the United States.
You can take a look at the original document here. If you find the photographs difficult to read, follow this link to access a text-only version. And don’t forget to watch the message that Coline Jenkins, great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, has for you!
The Library of Congress
The library of Congress is an invaluable source of historic material that provides an almost firsthand experience of the past. This photo of suffragist Florence Jaffray “Daisy” Harriman holding a banner that reads “Failure is impossible” reflects the optimism and grit of the movement for equality and is one of our favorites. Just type in the search bar on top of the screen any term and click on the magnifying glass button to find relevant documents.
Smithsonian Online Exhibition
When it comes to history told through everyday objects, the Smithsonian museum is in a class of its own. Votes for Women is a comprehensive online exhibition where you can find everything from a woman suffrage wagon, banners, and the gavel Susan B. Anthony used to chair suffrage conventions to the pen used to sign the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Letter to Harry T. Burn from his Mother, Febb Esminger Burn
In a previous post, we talked about how Harry T. Burn, a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, followed his mother’s advice and cast the decisive vote that led to the ratification of the 19th amendment.
Here you can take a look at the letter that Febb Esminger Burn wrote to change his son’s mind—and American history as well.
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote is an exhibit organized by the National Archives Museum. While the museum is closed until further notice, you can still visit it virtually. Use the dropdown menu called “Select an Online Exhibit to View” to explore the questions around which the presentation is organized:
- Who decides who votes?
- Why did women fight for the vote?
- How did women win the 19th Amendment?
- What was the 19th Amendment’s impact?
- What voting rights struggles persist?
Google Arts and Culture
Google Arts and Culture is a treasure trove of online exhibitions focused on different aspects of the suffragist movement in the United States. These are some of the virtual visits available:
- Rightfully Hers, the exhibit at the National Archives Museums we mentioned earlier is also available through Google in an easier-to-navigate version with larger pictures.
- Any Great Change: the Centennial of the 19th Amendment is an exhibit of objects and artifacts at the Atlanta History Center that you can navigate virtually with a 360-degrees field of vision.
- Susan B. Anthony: a Century of Suffrage explores the life of this pioneering woman whose 200th birthday was commemorated last February.
- Parading for Progress reviews the impact of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession through Washington D.C., a pivotal moment in the struggle for equal rights.
- Votes for Women takes a close look at the lives of the activists of all ethnicities and ages who took part in the Suffragist movement.
- As you may remember from our previous post, Rochester, New York, is an important place in the history of the struggle for women’s suffrage. Suffrage and the Flower City explores this connection in depth.
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