Lesson 5: Women's Lives Before the Civil War

Students interested in researching the lives of women before the Civil War might enjoy looking at the items in the following list. Have students describe any documents they choose and decide what aspects of the lives of women are reflected. How were the lives of women changing in the 1850s?

Guiding Questions

What was life like for women in the first half of the 19th century in America?

What influence did women have in shaping the attitudes towards slavery? Towards women's suffrage?

Learning Objectives

Have a better understanding of the lives of and roles of women in pre-Civil War America.