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Vocabulary: Unfamiliar words are defined at www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary

Student Activities:

  • 1.

    Who is this political flyer’s intended audience?

  • 2.

    What action does the flyer ask the reader to take?

  • 3.

    What principal claim (main point) does the flyer make?

  • 4.

    What “danger” might women’s suffrage be to the three areas the flyer mentions (home,

men’s employment, and business)? What assumptions about women does that imply?

4. Does the flyer rely more heavily on logic or emotion to make its point? Find specific words to support your answer.

5. The flyer states, “Woman’s suffrage would double the irresponsible vote.” What does this mean? What evidence is offered for this claim?

6. Why did some men oppose women gaining the right to vote? Might some women themselves also have opposed women’s right to vote? Why? List at least three reasons why men or women may have opposed suffrage, in statements beginning “Because…”

7. The two “Related Documents” give prosuffrage arguments. Restate any one argument contained in either of them in your own words. List its premises and conclusion.

8. How does the nature of the object affect how persuasive it is? Do the flyer and the pamphlets operate on your mind in different ways? List some of the ways each works.

9. Many people felt uneasy and anxious about changes in gender roles in the early 20th century. Why were some Americans threatened by expanded women’s rights in general? Do you see similar anxiety about changing social roles in the world around you today? Why does change so often feel disruptive and upsetting?

8th Grade Standards Addressed: 8.1, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6

12th Grade Standards Addressed: 12.1, 12.2, 12.4, 12.5


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