It teaches the status of women in the 1800s, the changes brought by theCult of Domesticity, and how women's roles began changing due to the market economy- thefactory girlsearned wages and independence but also fought for their rights and tried to form unions. Other women were sparked by theSecond Great Awakeningand joinedreform movements. They learn about Dorothea Dix and her work with the mentally ill, the American Temperance Society, and the Abolitionist movement, Lastly, the video teaches how the first women's rights movement in American history emerged with theSeneca Falls Conventionbut the fight would take decades longer.
EXTENSION LESSON: PRIMARY SOURCE READING!
After the video, there is an optional extension activity that has students read a primary source (with supports!) on the first fight for women's rights from Lucy Stone. Students answer scaffolded questions to support deeper level thinking. There are answer keys for everything!