Performance Task Resources
Social Studies Gr. 7: Portrait of the U.S. 1800-1850


African-American Mosaic
This site, part of the Library of Congress's web, is a Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. The collection includes a section on abolition, the conflict of abolition and slavery, and the influence of prominent abolitionists.

African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
This site, another part of the Library of Congress American Memory exhibit, contains a wide array of important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings on American black history.  Two sections are of particular interest, Free Blacks in the Antebellum Period and Abolition.  This presentation is not yet searchable.

The Underground Railroad
This National Geographic Society Web site contains an interactive account of a runaway slave's journey on the Underground Railroad.  The site also contains Routes to Freedom, map of escape routes; a Time Line that covers slavery in the New Word from 1501 to 1865 when slavery in the US is abolished; and Faces of Freedom, a section containing portraits and short descriptions of abolitionists.  In addition there are Classroom Ideas by grade level with class activities and Internet resources, plus a discussion forum and a list of resources and Web sites for further study.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture

American Experience—The Time of the Lincolns

Women's Rights   [top]

Western New York Suffragists - Winning the Vote
The website features biographical sketches of 35 suffragists (women and men in the five-county Rochester region who championed women's right to vote) , a summary of the suffrage movement, timelines of local and national events, and links to related resources.

PBS: Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment
This is a "Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan" from the National Archives.

Women's History Month
Here is a timeline the Women's Rights Movement from 3000 B.C. to 1994 and biographies of more than 80 women including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton but not Mary Wollstonecrafts .

Living the Legacy - 1848-1998
This site from the National Women's History Project commemorates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Women's Rights movement. There is a detailed Time Line beginning in 1848, with the first women's rights convention, and a History of the Movement.

National Museum of Women's History
This Web site contains feature exhibits (reached by clicking on Map in the upper right hand corner or on featured exhibits at the bottom of the page) on Political, Cultural and Imagery of American Woman Suffrage.  Take the In Depth Tour or look at the Time Line that begins in 1840.  There is also an image gallery and a few additional links.

National Women's Hall of Fame
This site has portraits and profiles of the close to two hundred notable women of the United States (living and deceased) inducted into the Hall of Fame since its founding in 1969--Women of the Hall.

Women's Rights National Historical Park
This site, by the National Park Service, includes information on the Women's Rights Convention, the Participants at the Convention and Related Events including the Temperance Movement and the Abolition Movement.

History Channel Exhibits: Women History 2001

Education   [top]

Making of America   Teacher Resource
This site is the completed first phase of a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction (1850-1877) put together by the University of Michigan and Cornell University.

Progressivism & The Gilded Age (1865-1877)
A timeline...

Temperance   [top]
1825-1855:  American Society of Temperance
1874:  WCTU--Women's Christian Temperance Union

 Louisa May Alcott
 Alcott was not only an author, she was also involved in the right of women to vote and the temperance movement.

Amelia Bloom
Published The Lily, a monthly temperance paper.   The paper became the voice for the advocates of the women's movement.

Benjamin Rush's Inquiry
This site, from The University of Waterloo Library, contains extracts from Benjamin Rush's (sometimes called the father of the temperance movement) Inquiry into the Effects of Ardent Spirits upon the Human Body.

Frances Willard
A site on the second President of WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union).

Woman's Crusade of 1873-1874
From the Ohio State History Department Page on American Prohibition, this site covers the time when women began taking direct action against the saloon and the liquor traffic in the US.

American Temperance and Prohibition

Mental Health   [top]

Dix, Dorothea Lynde
This site on Dorothea Lynde Dix is from the editors of Britannica Online, Women in American History.

Dorthea Dix
This is another site on Dorthea Dix.

Religious Revival    [top]

Teacher Serve
Teacher Serve is an interactive curriculum enrichment service for high school teachers. Divining America, the current project, is divided into three eras: the 17th & 18th Centuries, the 19th Century, and the 20th Century.  The 19th Century era includes:

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
This Library of Congress exhibition follows the history of the American Republic in relationship to the strong religious beliefs of the men and women who settled in this country. The exhibition is divided into seven areas, including "Religion and the New Republic."

Democracy in America       Teacher Resource
Tocqueville's Democracy in America is another project of the American Studies Programs at the University of Virginia.  In this project the task of re-contextualizing Alexis de Tocqueville's famous political and cultural analysis of American democracy has been done. The project is divided into 14 sections including Everyday Life, American Women, and American Religion in 1831.  There is a link from American Religion in 1831 to:

  • Charles Grandison Finney and the Revival
    This site gives a brief introduction to Charles Finney, a central figure of the revivalist movement.

Illinois Women and Religion
Women and Religion in American 1600-1900

More Information:    [top]

Big Chalk
This site is a collection of sites for the K-12 curriculum.  The site is searchable and has information on the temperance movement, women's rights and abolition movement.

Women in History
Women in History is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of all people through the dramatic re-creation of lives of notable women in US history.  Click on Historical Figures or Characters to find a list of notable women in US history with links to information on them.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930
 A searchable collection of "primary documents related to women and social movements in the United States between 1830 and 1930. It is organized around "editorial projects, "each of which" poses a question and provides 15-20 documents that address the question."   The links and search area can be very useful.

Votes for Women
This site covers a “Votes for Women” exhibit, a publication for the Votes for Women exhibit. There are very nice posters here to use as primary documents.

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