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        Found Poetry

        Primary sources can help students perform the critical thinking necessary for them to develop a personal understanding of the past. After you have engaged your students in analyzing and interpreting historical primary source content, in synthesizing the information, and in making personal connections with history, ask them to articulate their understanding. Using rich primary source texts, students select words that allow them to retell the historical content in poetic form. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

        http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/poetry/

        Alice Paul Talks

        Alice Paul talks about her experience with British radical suffragettes, disrupting PM Asquith at Guild Hall meeting, and being force feed in Holloway jail.

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        Alice Paul

        Alice Paul, one of the leaders of the suffragist movement, photographed in 1920.

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        Elihu Root Before New York Constitutional Convention, 1894

        On August 15, 1894, Elihu Root, later U.S. Secretary of State, addressed the New York State Constitutional Convention on the topic of women's suffrage. Root opposed women's suffrage and thought men and women have equal, but different functions: men fulfill their duty to protect through participation in government. Sometime after establishing a New York office in July 1908, the New York State Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage reprinted Elihu Root's 1894 address.

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        Walt Whitman

        Walt Whitman holding a paper butterfly, taken in 1873.

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        Walt Whitman Notebook #80

        One of Whitman's earliest notebooks which included notes for the poem "Leaves of Grass".

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        Walt Whitman Notebook # 94

        One of Whitman's writers' notebooks which includes information on soldiers he met when working as a nurse.

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        Walt Whitman Notebook #101

        One of Whitman's writers' notebooks from when he worked as a nurse during the Civil War.

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        Ward K of Armory Square Hospital

        Patients in Ward K of Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C., where Walt Whitman frequently visited.

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        Langston Hughes

        Mr. Langston Hughes at a rehearsal at of his new play at the Good Sheperd Community Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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        Langston Hughes's Draft of the Ballad of Booker T.

        A series of revisions of the Ballard of Booker T. written by Langston Hughes in May and June of 1941.

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        Polk County: Setting

        A background on the setting of the play "Polk County" written by Zora Neale Hurston.

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        Polk County: Characters

        A listing of and descriptions of characters from the play "Polk County" written by Zora Neale Hurston.

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        The Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life in Three Acts

        A typescript of the play "Mule Bone" written by Zora Neale Hurston.

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        The Whites Invade Harlem

        During the American Depression of the 1930’s, unemployed writers and artists were employed by the Federal Writer’s Project, which was sponsored by the U.S. government. The article, "The Whites Invade Harlem," is a primary document that was written to record the events of the Harlem Renaissance.

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        Hellen Keller

        Helen Keller (1880-1968) with her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy (1866-1936) possibly at the International Flower Show, New York City, April 1913.

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        Hellen Keller Letter

        The letter, written by Helen Keller, will astound students with Keller’s ability to “see” the World’s Columbian Exposition, despite her visual limitations. The image of this event will help your students to “see” what Keller describes.

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        Exposition grounds, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago

        The grounds of the World Columbian Exposition, also known as the World's Fair, in Chicago 1893.

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