Votes for Women

A Movement Arises (1800-1860)

In this lesson, students will trace the growing public voice of women in American society through various reform movements as well as organized women’s rights movements in antebellum America. Students will analyze the writings of men and women central to the rise of the women’s rights movement and analyze the contributions of several leading figures in the movement.

Founding Principles

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Civic Virtue

A set of actions and habits necessary for the safe, effective, and mutually beneficial participation in a society.

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Consent of the Governed

The government's power is only justified when its power comes from the will or approval of the people.

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Equal Protection

The principle of equal justice under law means that every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law. There are no individuals or groups who are born with the right to rule over others.

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Equality

Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.

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Inalienable / Natural Rights

Freedoms which belong to us by nature and can only be justly taken away through due process.

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Individual Responsibility

Individuals must take care of themselves and their families and be vigilant to preserve their liberty.

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Liberty

Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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Private Virtue

The idea that only a knowledgeable and virtuous citizenry can sustain liberty.

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Representative / Republican Government

Form of government in which the people are sovereign (the ultimate source of power) and authorize representatives to make and carry out laws.

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