The Fight for Voting Rights

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“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” Susan B. Anthony In the late 1700s, the United States introduced the right to vote—but only to white male landowners. The article “Voting Rights: A Short History” provides a general overview of changes in voting rights over the decades and centuries since that … read more »


Lewis and Clark’s Discovery Expedition

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“Amazing the things you find when you bother to search for them.” Sacagawea Two hundred and fifteen years ago, on September 22, 1806, Lewis and Clark arrived in St Charles, MO—their last stop before reaching their final destination of St. Louis, ending the first recorded overland journey from the Mississippi River to the Pacific coast … read more »


Primary Sources for Native American Heritage Month

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Each November, Americans celebrate Native American Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate the culture and heritage along with the contributions of Native people. In addition, it is an opportunity to raise awareness of the real stories of Native Americans, not caricatures and stereotypes. A quick search of the TeachersFirst blog page finds many … read more »


Women’s Equality Day

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Just over 100 years ago, on August 26, 1920, Congress formally ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which ensured women the right to vote. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the amendment, pushing it over the two-thirds majority state approval needed for ratification. The final vote in the Tennessee legislature came as a … read more »


Virtual Inauguration? Create a Virtual Lesson with Bitmojis!

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The Constitution initially established March 4 as Inauguration Day in the United States. This date allowed enough time for an orderly transition of power and for all newly-elected candidates to travel to the capital. In 1933, after advances in communication and transportation made the long wait until March unnecessary, the date moved to January 20 … read more »