Cover Image 50 Core American Docs
“An Incident in Contemporary American Life,” by Mitchell Jamieson at the Department of Interior, Library of Congress

Knockin' on the Door: Women

One way to understand American history is to see it as a series of efforts by outsiders to become insiders, to join fully in American life. This is a story told by African American history, by immigrant history, and by labor history, for example. 

This year’s Documents in Detail webinar series will focus on the efforts of outsiders to “knock on the door” and gain full admittance to American life. Using sources from our CDC volume, 50 Core American Documents, we will examine what people thought was the American way of life and why people wanted to join it. In the later sessions in the series, we will examine the question of whether the terms on which outsiders join in American life have now changed. 

This webinar will focus on several sources: the Seneca Falls Resolutions (1848) and two excerpts from Rep. Shirley Chisholm’s speeches in Congress regarding the passage of the ERA (1969–1970).  Together, these documents outline the struggles women have faced throughout American history as they have sought to access the rights that would secure their full participation in American public life.

Our webinars meet monthly on Wednesday nights at 7:30-8:30 pm ET. Participants who remain digitally present for the duration of the webinar will receive an attendance letter from Teaching American History for 1 hour of professional development.

Highlighted Document:  Seneca Falls Resolution & Shirley Chisholm’s speeches on the ERA


September 27, 2023 -
September 27, 2023
7:30 PM EDT
8:30 PM EDT
Teaching American History
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Professor of History; Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government at Ashland University
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty at Louisiana State University
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology