The Trial of Susan B. Anthony: Public Audiences for a Federal Trial, A Primary Source Activity

Grade
9-12
Lesson Duration

By The Federal Judicial Center, in partnership with the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education

Susan B. Anthony presented her public audiences and the federal court with her argument that, because the vote was the essential and defining right of citizenship, the recognition of United States citizenship in the Fourteenth Amendment extended suffrage to women. Students read “The Trial of Susan B. Anthony,” by Ann D. Gordon (available here) and then analyze primary sources related to this case in order to understand how she mobilized public opinion to gain federal court endorsement for voting rights for women. Students also consider the impact of popular opinion on the court proceedings.

Public Audiences for a Federal Trial, A Primary Source Activity

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The Federal Judicial Center is the education and research agency for the federal courts.