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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children

Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children March 2020

COBBLESTONE is the award-winning and respected leader in the study of American history for young people. COBBLESTONE tells America’s story through a unique mix of captivating articles, lively graphics, historical photographs, primary sources, and maps. Each themed-issue examines historical events in detail making them exciting and relevant to today. A must-have for every history classroom and media center. Grades 5-9.

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9 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
getting started

Imagine a world in which women did not have the same rights as men. A world in which women could not own property in their own names. A world in which women could not keep money that they earned. A world in which a mother had no rights to her children. A world in which a woman’s male relatives—a husband, a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, or a cousin—made decisions for her. A world in which women did not have any voice in matters that affected them, their families, their communities, and their country. Generations of American women didn’t have to imagine such a world. They lived in it. Sure, a few remarkable women refused to accept conditions that said women should be subservient to men. They refused to…

3 min.
a call to action

Over the course of three summer days in 1848, Seneca Falls became a historic gathering place. Residents of the small town in upstate New York already were active in the major social reform movements of the era. The temperance and antislavery movements used conventions, declarations, and petitions to dramatize their causes. A small group of women thought they could try the same things to start a women’s movement. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Coffin Mott, Jane Hunt, Martha Coffin Wright, and Mary Ann M’Clintock decided to organize a convention. The women placed a small notice in the local Seneca County Courier and persuaded a minister to open his chapel to them. On the morning of July 19, a crowd was milling outside when Cady Stanton arrived to find the chapel locked and…

5 min.
a famous friendship

A chance meeting on a street in Seneca Falls, New York, dramatically altered history. In the spring of 1851, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were introduced after an abolitionist meeting. It was the beginning of one of the most famous friendships in U.S. history. Cady Stanton lived in Seneca Falls with her abolitionist husband and young children. Anthony, born in Adams, Massachusetts, was a Quaker reformer. She traveled and lectured on the evils of liquor and the importance of abolition. When she called later at the Stanton home, the two women spent the next several hours sharing thoughts on abolition, temperance, and women’s rights. Anthony was particularly interested in hearing Cady Stanton talk of the women’s rights convention that she and four other women had organized in 1848. The…

1 min.
did you know?

Racism threatened the unity of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). The group did not exclude African American women, but southern white women did not want to work alongside black women. Southern NAWSA chapters made their own rules that excluded black women from joining. In an effort to address the issue during the 1913 women’s march in Washington, D.C., African American women were allowed to participate, but they were told to march in a segregated group toward the back of the parade. Some black women leaders, such as Ida B. Wells-Barnett (LEFT), ignored the rule and marched with their state delegations.…

2 min.
suffrage milestones

July 19, 1848 Seneca Falls Convention opens in New York. It is the first convention organized by women to discuss women’s suffrage and rights. 1869 Two women’s rights organizations are established: the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA). 1878 The 19th Amendment is first introduced in Congress. July 10, 1880 Wyoming Territory, which allows women to vote, joins the Union as a state. It is the first state to give women the vote. 1890 The two rival women’s suffrage organizations merge to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). 1912 Running at the head of the Progressive, or Bull Moose, party for a third term as president, Theodore Roosevelt includes women’s suffrage as one of the issues on his party’s platform. March 3, 1913 The Woman Suffrage Procession is…

4 min.
a successful experiment

The “Wild West” took on new meaning in December 1869. That’s when the 22-member Wyoming Territory legislature became the first government in the world to give women the right to vote and to hold public office. How did such a measure pass on the American frontier, when the rest of the world viewed women’s suffrage as a highly contested issue? Some Wyoming legislators believed that giving women the vote simply was the “right” thing to do. Other leaders were interested in publicity and attracting more people—especially women—to the sparsely populated territory. Still other politicians felt that women would add a “civilizing” presence to voting areas. Whatever the motives, the other territories and states in the United States sat up and took notice. Colonel William H. Bright, a 45-year-old saloonkeeper from South Pass…