About This Lesson
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "Women's Rights Historic Site Thematic Resources" and other sources on the M'Clintock House and women's rights. TwHP is sponsored, in part, by the Cultural Resources Training Initiative and Parks as Classrooms programs of the National Park Service. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country.
Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: This lesson could be used in teaching units on 19th century social reform or women's history.
Time period: 1830-1850s
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
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Objectives for students
1) To describe conditions in upstate New York in the first half of the 19th century that led to the nickname "the Burned-Over District."
2) To examine the issues that led to the First Women's Rights Convention in 1848.
3) To investigate the tactics used by reformers in the early years of the women's rights movement.
4) To discover how issues concerning women's rights played out in their own community.
Materials for students
The materials listed below either can be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps, photos, floor plan, and cartoons appear twice: in a low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger, high-resolution version.
1) two maps of New York state and the towns of Waterloo and Seneca Falls;
2) a drawing of Waterloo in 1873;
3) three readings on the M'Clintock family and the role of women in the mid-19th century;
4) a copy of the Declaration of Sentiments;
5) floor plans of the M'Clintock House.
6) 1850 Census data for the M'Clintock household;
7) a photo of the M'Clintock House today;
8) a cartoon depicting women's roles.
Visiting the site
The M'Clintock House is located in the historic area of Waterloo, New York and is part of Women's Rights National Historical Park. The Visitors' Center is located in the nearby city of Seneca Falls, which also contains several other sites important to the women's rights movement. From the New York State Thruway (I-90), take Exit 41 and go south on N.Y. Route 414, which becomes Fall Street. Follow the signs to the visitors' center. Maps are available to help you locate other sites within the park, including the remains of the Wesleyan Chapel, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and the National Women's Hall of Fame. For more information, visit the park web pages.