American Women, American Citizens: 1920-1948
NEH Summer Institute for K-12 Educators at New-York Historical
July 13–July 24, 2020
What did it mean to be an active American citizen from the 1920s to 1940s? Consider this question in depth this summer at the New-York Historical Society with project co-directors Leslie Hayes, New-York Historical Director of Education, and Nick Juravich, Assistant Professor of History and Labor Studies at UMass Boston.
The early 20th century was a turning point in American history. Economic extremes, wartime mobilization, and growing federal regulations permeated daily life and had lasting impacts on the nation. Meanwhile, the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 expanded the electorate by granting women the right to vote. In the midst of a fraught economic, political, and social climate, women fought to activate their citizenship and exercise their newly gained rights. This institute will highlight a diverse range of women—across race, ethnicity, economic status, and geography—and explore the many ways they strove to legitimize their new place in American society in the face of policies and a culture that continued to limit their roles.
During this two-week institute for K-12 teachers, a cohort of 30 educators from across the country will engage in lively discussions with 13 renowned historians, workshop classroom-ready strategies for weaving women’s histories into the curriculum, and dialogue with colleagues about how to incorporate primary and secondary sources into instruction to bring fresh perspectives into the classroom. Participants will leave with lesson plans, materials, and knowledge to expand their students’ understanding of the three critical decades under study.
Zaheer Ali, Juan Castellanos, Erin D. Chapman, Marcia Chatelain, Julie Golia, LaShawn Harris, Cheryl Hicks, Brian Jones, Elaine Tyler May, Ruth Milkman, Michele Mitchell, Mae Ngai, Vicki Ruiz, and Joanna Scutts!
Participants will receive:
- $2,100 stipend to help defray Institute costs
- Books, curriculum materials, and course pack
- Certificate of completion
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.