Lesson Plan

Cultural Change

Political developments leave a clear trace in the life of a nation, usually marked by legislative mileposts like the Fourteenth Amendment, which dictates equal protection for all, and the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. But such developments have a cultural dimension as well, often evident in the attitudes and assumptions implicit in political arguments.

Guiding Questions

No Guiding Questions

Learning Objectives

To examine some of the arguments used to win the vote for American women

To explore the cultural dimension of these arguments as reflected in their characterization of men and women

To weigh the rhetorical impact these arguments had in their time by writing counter-arguments from several standpoints

To think critically about the relationship between political ideas and cultural attitudes.