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Suffrage Pin: Object Analysis

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Using the Project Zero Visible Thinking routine "See Think Wonder," this activity explores the struggle of suffragists during the American suffrage movement through deep analysis of one object - a pin, worn by suffragist Alice Paul, in the shape of a jail door with a heart-shaped lock. Pins such as these were given in a ceremony to suffragists who were imprisoned as a result of the 1917 pickets. Includes the pin, an article discussing the history behind the pin, and multiple photographs suffragist picketers.

Keywords: women's rights, suffrage, suffragette, protest, reform, civil rights, equal rights, alice paul, jailed for freedom, pin, national women's party, nwp, voting, vote

Mystery Object 1

National Museum of American History

Photograph: Suffrage Procession, 1917

National Museum of American History

Photograph: Suffragist with banner

National Museum of American History

See/Think/Wonder: Visible Thinking Routine

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