1. Introduce the lesson by asking students if they believe that every vote is important in an election. Chances are they may say, "No." If so, you are in business!
2. Using the websites listed below, assign students to research the passage of the 19th Amendment, particularly the role played in ratification by a young man from Tennessee.
3. When students' research is completed, engage students in a discussion that brings out the following points:
- Who was Carrie Chapman Catt?
- Who was Harry Burn?
- Why did Harry vote to ratify the 19th Amendment?
- Why were many people so angry with him?
- How did he prove that a single vote can, in effect, move mountains?
- The 19th Amendment and the War of the Roses
- Tennessee: A Legacy of Leadership
- The Passage of the 19th Amendment (NY Times articles, 1919-1920)
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.