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TN History for Kids

Suffrage -- 36 Lessons for Tennessee's Centennial Anniversary

Leaders in the National Woman's Party, photographed in 1922.
Alice Paul is on the far left; Sue Shelton White of Tennessee is on
Paul's left.
PHOTO: League of Women Voters

August 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution--which guaranteed the right to vote to women.

There were 48 states at the time, and 35 state legislatures passed the amendment before Tennessee did. When the Tennessee General Assembly ratified the Nineteenth Amendment on August 18, 1920, the amendment cleared the Constitutional requirement that 3/4 of the states approve it.

In the 2019-2020 school year, public school teachers in Tennessee are required to provide monthly instruction on the woman suffrage amendment.

We are therefore creating 36 lessons for students in Tennessee (36 seems like an appropriate number).

Nine are for students in grades K-3.

Nine for students in grades 4-5.

Nine for students in middle school.

Nine for students in high school.

We hope teachers and students find these useful.

Note: All lessons were written by Bill Carey of Tennessee History for Kids and edited by Paula Casey, co-founder of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail.

NOTE: These lessons are meant to introduce all students to the important events connected to Tennessee and its passage of the suffrage amendments. For more detail, here are two recommended books:

1) The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss

2) The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage by Carol Lynn Yellin and Janann Sherman

We also recommend that you check out the Tennessee Woman's Suffrage Heritage Trail.