The Right to Vote: Historical and Contemporary Struggles for Democracy

The Right to Vote

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The Right to Vote: Historical and Contemporary Struggles for Democracy

Please join Facing History and Ourselves at Freedom House on October 18, 2018 for The Right to Vote: Historical and Contemporary Struggles for Democracy. The right to vote is central to participation in a democracy but access to the ballot box is not always available to all Americans. The struggle to earn the right to vote has been central to civil rights movements throughout United States history. Contemporary concerns over the security of voting rights also expose the fragility of democracy and the need for an informed and active citizenry. Join Facing History and Ourselves and Freedom House as we examine the history of voting in the United States and contemporary challenges to this right.

This is a Facing History and Ourselves event in partnership with Freedom House.

Founded in 1949, Freedom House is located in the Grove Hall neighborhood of Boston. Freedom House is dedicated to keeping the American Dream alive. Given this critical community need, in a country where the population is shifting to “majority-minority,” we must aggressively address the problems that Freedom House has tackled over so many decades. Freedom House’s strengths lie in pioneering anti-poverty youth development and college completion strategies for low income and minority  students; a history and legacy of commitment to social justice and educational excellence.


In this one-day workshop, we will:

  • Explore the history of voting rights in the United States and analyze challenges and opportunities of voter engagement in our communities today
  • Develop an understanding of the power and importance of voting as a form of nonviolent political participation
  • Help educators develop skills to  facilitate complex topics that incorporate multiple perspectives

After this workshop/seminar you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

Freedom House
5 Crawford Street
Dorchester, MA 02121-2402
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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