March is Women's History Month, a celebration that grew from a local observance of Women's History Week in 1978 in Sonoma, California to become a national phenomenon. Central to the narrative of women's history in the United States is the successful struggle of women to earn the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony played a prominent role in achieving this goal, though she did not live to see her dream fulfilled.
Using the Internet for background, research Susan B. Anthony's role in one of the key events in the campaign for women's right to vote—Anthony's arrest and trial for her attempt to vote in Rochester, New York in 1872. Write a brief oral introduction providing the historical background of Anthony's arrest, indictment, and trial. Then, with a partner, stage a re-enactment of Anthony's famous closing statements before the judge in her trial, found here.
After your re-enactment, discuss with classmates why you think Anthony's method of arguing her case had such an important impact—even though she ultimately lost the case.