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DAR Essay Contest 2018

DAR Topic 2018-19

Frances Bland Randolph Chapter NSDAR


"The Women's Suffrage Campaign"



The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the United States Congress on June 4, 1919, and was ratified on August 18, 1920.  This amendment granted all American women the right to vote and hold elective office.  Many Americans at the time viewed this as a radical change to the U.S. Constitution.  Imagine you are living in 1919 while the women's suffrage campaigns were having impact on Americans politically and socially.  Discuss the pros and cons of this new amendment the U.S. Congress has passed.


Rough Drafts should be completed the week of October 5, 2018

Final Due Date: November 2, 2018


Research sites for information to get you going:


Crash Course in Women's Suffrage (video)


Politics Ain't the Same


The Power of the 19th Amendment


Khan Academy - 19th Amendment


The Genteel Crusader - Richmond, VA during the Suffrage Movement


Women's Suffrage - Bad Romance Parody (video)


Women's Suffrage in the United States - a lesson


The Women Behind the Movement


The Black Suffragist (video)


Virginia Museum of History and Culture (video)


School House Rock - Women's Suffrage Movement


Layers of Learning


Reading Room


Timeline of Women's Suffrage


History Extra


History Net


Women's Media Center 




The Women's Rights Movement


People who opposed women's suffrage - Crusade for the Vote


How Media Treated Suffragists


Women of Protest


Photos from the March 13 Women's March in DC - The Atlantic


Early Feminism Movement (video) 


What is the 19th Amendment?







I encourage you to consider asking yourself a few questions for preplanning:

  • Where are you “living”?
  • What's going on in your local area/state with women's suffrage campaigns? Anything significant, or newsworthy happening?
  • Have you or anyone in your “family” been directly involved in the women's suffrage campaigns?
  • If you lived in 1919, how does your character feel about these changes?
  • What are the pros of the new amendment, according to your character?
  • What are the cons of the new amendment, according to your character?



Writing the Bibliography can be tricky... students need to retain information from the resources they use to take notes. Then, they can format their bibliographies.


There are a lot more pages out there to help with Bibliographies, but these should get you started and keep you on track.

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Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt


Check for Plagiarism: (this is a paid site, but you can search Google for another option)


Sample for Title Page:


“The Women's Suffrage Campaign”








Hopewell, VA 23860






Carter G. Woodson Middle School

Grade X


Frances Bland Randolph Chapter of NSDAR





xxx words



Rubric for DAR Essay



Title Page

  • Title of Topic – “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars
  • Contestant’s full name, address, phone, email
  • Contestant’s Grade level
  • Name of sponsoring DAR Chapter
  • Number of words in essay (600-1000)


  • At least 3 Sources
  • Sources are formatted correctly


Historical and geographic accuracy (everything is reasonable) - Includes where you are living and historically accurate events occuring in 1919

Stayed on topic - the student describes the pros and cons of the new 19h Amendment

Includes information about political and social impacts of the women's suffrage campaigns

Organization of essay (beginning, middle, end)

Spelling and punctuation – including proper dialogue usage

Correct grammar and formatting throughout (verb tenses are the same, paragraph indentions)

The student discusses the changes through a character's point of view


All Essays 600-1000 words

Times New Roman font 12-14, or handwritten in black ink

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