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Monday Mix-Ins: Jim Crow Laws and Women’s Suffrage

May 22nd, 2017

Woman Suffrage Headquarters, Cleveland, 1913
{Public Domain photo via Wikimedia Commons}

Here are a few optional links about Jim Crow laws and Women’s Suffrage, both of which were huge civil rights issues in the years following the Civil War and Reconstruction. We tried not to include resources that contained disturbing content, but as always, please preview the following for your children:



What were the Jim Crow Laws? – This is a short video lesson for kids that is well done, and includes photographs:


The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow – This 4 minute video is a clip from a longer PBS documentary, explaining the era of Jim Crow. It does go into the 20th century and touches on Civil Rights during that time as well, which shows kids the far-reaching effects of these dreadful laws: 


Jim Crow part 1 | The Gilded Age – This is a lesson from Khan Academy:


White Socks Only – A reading of this children’s book by Evelyn Coleman. Although set in the 20th century, this is a story about segregation, when blacks and whites were separated in daily life:


The fight for the right to vote in the United States – Here’s a Ted-Ed video with a quick overview of the history of voting in our country. This video touches on Jim Crow laws AND Women’s Suffrage:


Suffrage Background – A short overview from the National Women’s History Museum:


Mini Bio - Susan B. Anthony – From the Biography Channel:


Susan B. Anthony - An Act of Courage – Also from the Biography Channel, here’s a clip from a documentary about her:


Susan B. Anthony, the Suffragette Superhero – From the Smithsonian Channel:


Susan B. Anthony, “Is it a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?” – This is a reading of Susan B. Anthony’s speech written after her arrest for illegally voting in the 1872 presidential election.  In the several months between her indictment and her trial she traveled to various towns, speaking to gain support for her position:


Not for Ourselves Alone – A Ken Burns documentary of the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony:


Schoolhouse Rock - Women’s Suffrage Movement – Here's a Schoolhouse Rock I don't remember! “Sufferin’ till Suffrage:” 



Jim Crow Laws – an explanation for kids

Examples of Jim Crow laws – a few examples of the atrocious laws that enforced segregation and eventually led to the Civil Rights movement

Jim Crow and Segregation – images and documents from the Library of Congress

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow – This is the PBS website associated with the documentary. You can find photos, stories, maps, a timeline, activities, and resources for teachers.

Stories of Children of Jim Crow – These are brief personal histories written by people directly affected by Jim Crow. This collection is about memories as children, but there are other stories here. (Parents, please preview.)

The Fight to Vote – from Time for Kids

The Declaration of Sentiments – the document signed in 1848 at the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY

Interactive timeline of women’s right to vote

Women’s Suffrage – images and documents from the Library of Congress

Woman’s Suffrage Memorabilia – Parents might find this interesting! 

Women’s Suffrage Games – includes flashcards, a matching game, concentration, and a word search

How Women Won the Vote – a list of books for kids about the Women’s Suffrage movement

More links – Here’s a long list of links about Women’s Suffrage, if you want more! 


Did you know?

“Women were the first protest group in U.S. history to picket the White House. Since then this tactic has been used by many groups to protest for rights.”

~ from Congress for Kids


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