This week marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Congress passing and the states ratifying the 19th Amendment, officially giving the right to vote to all citizens of the United States regardless of gender.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their thoughts and feelings as well as those of their classmates, learn more about the campaign and election, consider the candidates’ final speeches and express their thoughts in a letter they write to the President-elect.
What a Black Man Wants: The 15th Amendment and the Right to Vote
One of the most outspoken proponents of the 15th Amendment was Frederick Douglass, a national leader of the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery. Students will analyze Douglass's speech, "What the Black Man Wants," and his argument for why Black men should have the right to vote.
Felony disenfranchisement can impact elections and local laws in a variety of ways. High school students learn about felony disenfranchisement, discuss the pros and cons and whether it should remain intact.
An increasing number of people are calling for an end to the Electoral College. Teach high students about the Electoral College and its origins, as well as the more contemporary movement advocating for the National Popular Vote and the interstate compact that would support it.
With a steady increase among young adults who vote, help high school students explorethe role and importance of the youth vote, consider barriers to the youth vote, and propose ideas for taking action.