History textbooks are criticized for their dry prose, lack of description of causation, and ability to turn students away from the discipline of history. The authors surveyed 16 textbooks from 1933 through 2005 studying their coverage of woman suffrage. The textbooks treat the issue summarily and miss a great opportunity to describe the injustices perpetuated against women, the valor and courage of the activists who persisted and won during a sustained battle by hundreds of thousands of determined women. Furthermore, the textbooks surveyed end with the amendment and do not immediately put it into historical context, with the right to vote being only a milepost on the long journey women are still traveling to have legal rights to self-determination and self-authorship.
Clink, Kellian. (2013). High School Textbooks and the Changing Narratives of Woman Suffrage. Northern Great Plains History Conference. Hudson, WI.
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