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 Historical

Minutes

in

American

History 

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Events don't happen in a vacuum.

Often what is happening in our country today goes back years, decades, or even centuries. Applying the lessons of the past is critical to understanding and solving the problems of the present.

The Women's Suffrage Movement

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1920 - 2020

In recent man-on-the-street interviews, college co-eds were asked "Should women's suffrage end?" A surprising number of them said "Yes". They willingly signed a faux "petition" to that effect, even agreeing to the repleal of the 19th Amendment. 

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOZr9DD0gMg)

 

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The Movement behind women being granted all the rights of US Citizenship

The 70 plus year battle that lead to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote and the women who fought to make it happen.

Trace the journey from the first convention in 1848 through the passage and ratification in 1919 and 1920. 

https://ycrwomen.wixsite.com/history/women-s-suffrage

Susan B. Anthony

February 15, 1820 - March 13, 1906

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Votes for Women

& So Much More

 

Author

Abolitionist

Union Activist

Equal Pay Activist

Equal Education Activist

Author of the 19th Amendment

Movement Organizer

International Traveler

Lecturer / Speaker

Suffragette

Publisher

Lobbyist

Before joining Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Women's Suffrage movement in 1851, Susan B Anthony was already a seasoned social reformer. She was a passionate abolitionist, had fought for women's property rights, taken on the labor unions for excluding women, argued for equal access for women in education, battled for equal employment opportunities for women in the trades and professions, and championed equal pay for equal work.

Follow her story at https://ycrwomen.wixsite.com/history/susan-b-anthony-200th-anniversary

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An Appeal to Heaven

 

The  Founders were devout men,  as evidenced in their many references to the Creator and Natural Law.  Most were also  well educated and influenced by the European philosophers and history of the Enlightenment period.  The works of  Adam Smith and John Locke can be seen in many of our Founding Documents and symbols.

The Pine Tree Flag

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Of all the possible images representing the Colonies, why a Pine Tree?

What blending of cultures transpired to make this tree significant?

Where was this flag used and why?

Why "An Appeal to Heaven"?

Start exploring this little understood part of our history:

https://ycrwomen.wixsite.com/history/the-pine-tree-flag

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The Battle of Baltimore

and the

Defense of Fort McHenry 

 

Fresh off their victory of capturing and burning Washington, DC, the British looked to make quick work of shutting down the strategic  port of Baltimore on the Chesapeake Bay. Although the battle involved both land and sea forces, it was the naval bombardment of Fort McHenry that became the most famous, all because of a poem written by a lawyer.

https://ycrwomen.wixsite.com/history/star-spangled-banner

The Declaration of Independence

In May 1775, in response to the battles at Lexington and Concord,  the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, PA. Their final attempt to seek relief from the British Crown and Parliament  was answered by King George hiring the Hessian mercenaries and deploying them to the Colonies

 

On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee, delegate of Virginia, proposed the Continental Congress compose a document declaring that the Colonies were united, free and independent from Britain. After several rewrites, on July 4, 1776, the delegates approved and signed their final document and... 

forever altered the course of history.

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"When in the Course of human events..."

 

the opening words of the Declaration of Independence. But what were these "events"? What transpired to compel a group of prosperous, well educated men to upend their lives and challenge the strongest empire in the world? And how did these grievances translate into the other Founding documents; the Constitution of the United States and its Bill of Rights?

https://ycrwomen.wixsite.com/history/declaration-of-independence

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Armistice Day 

Veterans Day