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        ERA and Political Backlash

        In this lesson, students will examine the Equal Rights Amendment and discuss its meaning. Students will gain an understanding of the amendment process as prescribed by Article V of the U.S. Constitution and the politically conservative backlash that led to the failure in passing the Equal Rights Amendment. In a final activity, students will debate several important claims made by supporters and opponents of the amendment in small debate teams.

        ERA

        The Equal Rights Amendment passed both houses of congress in 1972 leaving only ratification before the law was adopted. 30 states ratified it in the first year but the culture war was just starting.

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        STOP ERA

        The fight to ratify the ERA ran into a changing political climate, and effective opponents.

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