The Curriculum

Making the World Better curriculumMaking the World Better: The Struggle for Equality in 19th Century America is a FREE curriculum packet produced in connection with the State House Women’s Leadership Project

Designed primarily for middle- and high-school students, the curriculum was developed by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Tsongas Industrial History Center at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell. The packet focuses on two of the six State House honorees:

Lucy Stone (1818-1893), abolitionist, suffrage leader, publisher and editor of the Woman’s Journal

Sarah Parker Remond (1824-1894), African-American abolitionist who took the anti-slavery campaign to Great Britain

Time Line for Stone and Remond

1818

Lucy Stone born, W. Brookfield, MA

1824

Sarah Parker Remond born, Salem, MA

1831

William Lloyd Garrison publishes first issue of The Liberator
Remond’s mother helps organize Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society

1835

Remond not allowed to attend segregated Salem High School
Remond family moves to Newport, RI

1838

Remond’s brother Charles becomes first black agent for American Anti-slavery Society

1841

Remond family returns to Salem

1844

Remonds and other black families organize to end segregation in Salem public schools

1847

Stone graduates from Oberlin College
Stone gives first public lecture in Gardner, MA

1848

Stone hired as lecturer for American Anti-Slavery Society
Stone begins lecturing on woman’s rights
Stone and Stephen Foster attacked by mob
First woman’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY

1850

Fugitive Slave Act passed
First national Woman’s Right Convention held in Worcester, MA

1852

Stone first meets Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Stone begins wearing Bloomer costume

1853

Stone testifies before Massachusetts legislature on behalf of woman’s rights
Remond refuses to sit in segregated area of Boston theater

1855

Stone marries Henry Blackwell but refuses to take his name

1856

Remond joins anti-slavery lecture tourz

1857

Stone’s daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell, born
Stone refuses to pay taxes because she is not allowed to vote

1858

Stone gives up public lecturing

1859

Remond begins anti-slavery lecture tour of British Isles

1860

Remond begins studying at Bedford Ladies College in London

1861

Civil War breaks out

1863

Emancipation Proclamation issued

1865

Civil War ends
13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, ratified
Massachusetts outlaws discrimination in public accommodations
Lucy Stone returns to lecturing

1866

Sarah Parker Remond moves to Italy

1867

Stone and Henry Blackwell campaign for woman suffrage in Kansas
Abolitionists and woman’s rights supporters form American Equal Rights Association

1868

14th Amendment, guaranteeing citizenship for African-Americans, ratified

1869

Woman’s rights movement splits into two factions
Stone and her family move to Boston

1870

Stone begins publishing the Woman’s Journal
15th Amendment, giving black men the vote, ratified

1871

Remond becomes a physician

1877

Remond marries Lazarro Pintor

1879

Massachusetts women win right to vote in school board elections

1890

Two factions of woman’s rights movement unite

1893

Lucy Stone dies in Boston

1894

Sarah Parker Remond dies in Italy

1920

19th Amendment, giving women right to vote, ratified

Teaching about Stone and Remond allows teachers to address many of the learning standards recommended in state and national curriculum frameworks. Making the World Better engages students in exploring the struggle for equality and encourages young people to reflect on and participate in the process of making their own world a better place. The materials are organized into four sections; each one deals with a different stage in the process of making change.

The packet consists of:

  1. information on the State House Women’s Leadership Project and all six of the women it honors, as well as a Time Line for Stone and Remond (this information is contained on the folder);
  2. selection of primary source documents, transcribed and edited for use by middle school students;
  3. Teacher’s Guide with activities designed to help students make connections between their own lives and the lives of these and other “change agents.” The Guide also includes a list of resources—books, videos, websites, and other resources that can be used for teaching about the struggle for equality.

The Teacher’s Guide, Primary Source Documents, Resource Guide and the folder information are only available as PDF files below.