Woman Suffrage in Colorado: Part B

Part B: Essay

Directions: Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use evidence from at least five documents in the body of the essay. Support your response with relevant facts, examples, and details. Include additional outside information.

Historical Context:

Prior to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920), which gave women the right to vote throughout the United States, several western territories and states enacted legislation that allowed women to vote within their borders, including Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. In Colorado, the fight for woman suffrage was strongly contested. Both sides of the debate held strong opinions and beliefs and effectively used rhetoric to win supporters. Because the Colorado state constitution required a referendum for women to gain the right to vote, both sides used public debate to argue their points of view.


Using information from the documents and your knowledge of United States history, write an essay in which you:

  • Identify and discuss two arguments in favor of woman suffrage.

  • Identify and discuss two arguments against woman suffrage.

  • Evaluate both sets of arguments and suggest which side offered the stronger case.


In your essay, be sure to:

  • Address all aspects of the Task by accurately analyzing and interpreting at least five documents.

  • Incorporate information from the documents in the body of the essay.

  • Incorporate relevant outside information.

  • Support the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details.

  • Use a logical and clear plan of organization.

  • Introduce the theme by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the Task or Historical Context and conclude with a summation of the theme.


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