A Pathfinder for 5th Grade

When the United States first became a nation, only white men with property had the right to vote in most states. Women, African Americans, Native Americans, non-English speakers, and citizens between the ages of 18-21 struggled for many decades to win the right to vote in the U.S.A.

Why were some people denied the right to vote and how did they win that right?

This pathfinder will help you find information in your school library media center, on the Internet, and in the community about the struggle for equal voting rights in the U. S. A.


Print Resources-Books and Magazines

There are several books for kids about the history of voting rights in the U.S.A. A few of the books are listed below. To locate more books, use the suggested keywords and phrases to search the online library catalog.

921 ANT Weidt Maryann N. Fighting for Equal Rights : A Story About Susan B. Anthony
Summary: A biography of a crusader for human rights. Describes, in simple terms, how the

FIC Las Lasky, Kathryn A Time for Courage : the Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen


Cobblestone: Voting Rights in America. Cobblestone Publishing.

Cobblestone: Elections in America. Cobblestone Publishing.

Cobblestone: Susan B. Anthony. Cobblestone Publishing.

Cobblestone: Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Cobblestone Publishing.

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Online Resources-Internet Sites

The Web sites listed on this page have been previewed and selected for this topic. If additional information is needed, use the suggested keywords and phrases to search the Internet.

Voting Rights - Overview and General Information

Voting Rights - African Americans

Voting Rights - Women

Voting Rights - Native Americans

Voting Rights - 18-21 year olds

Voting Rights -Poll Tax


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Videos, CD-ROM, etc.

Our library has the following multimedia resources on your topic:
Search UnitedStreaming for videos. Students : Ask your librarian for the student codes to access Unitedstreaming.
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Dewey Decimal Numbers to Browse

If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate information about the voting rights in the U. S. , look for these numbers:

  • 324.9- Voting 
  • 921 - Biography
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Keywords and Phrases for Searching

Do you need additional information? Use these words and phrases to search E-Library, our library online catalog, the NCRL Online Catalog, CD-ROM or print encyclopedias or the World Wide Web:

  • Voting rights
  • Suffrage
  • Suffragette
  • Suffragists
  • Number of specific amendment, such as 19th Amendment
  • Name of a person who worked for voting rights, such as Susan B. Anthony
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

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Community Resources-People and Places

The following community contacts may help you with your topic:  

NCRL - Wenatchee Public Library's Online Catalog

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Information Literacy EALRs


2. The student applies the methods of social science investigation to investigate, compare and contrast interpretations of historical events

To meet this standard, the student will:
2.1 investigate and research  

Benchmark 1

  • ask questions to identify a problem from the past
  • locate, gather, and process information from a variety of primary and secondary sources, including photographs, drawings, artifacts, oral accounts, and documents

2.2 analyze historical information

Benchmark 1

  • organize and record information
  • compare and contrast information from different historical sources

2.3 synthesize information and reflect on findings

Benchmark 1

  • express findings; explain why interpretations of the same historical event can differ
  • examine earlier steps in the investigative process and propose improvements to the process used
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