Abigail Adams, the First Lady before Mary Lincoln, wrote a letter to her husband. This letter has become known as “Remember the ladies…”
"Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to forment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation."
Her words seemed to spark a revolution that began the Women’s Rights Movement of the time period. Your research firm (the class) has been approached by the Smithsonian Institution. They are interested in the creation of a time capsule-type exhibit that illustrates the move toward legal rights for women through the use of artifacts from the last half of the nineteenth century.
- What items should be included?
- Why are these items more important that any others?
- How do these items fit on a timeline of the major events in the women’s movement?
- Who are the major characters?
- What did they contribute?
- What artifacts could represent their work?