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The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association: The Possibilities and Debates in a Civil Society

Lesson Purpose

Just like Ann Pamela Cunningham, the founder of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and defender of George Washington’s legacy, students can use persuasive language to motivate others to care about an important civic challenge they hope to address.  Through the analysis of a primary source and a civics activity, this learning resource empowers students to see themselves as citizens whose voices matter and who have the agency to collaboratively confront problems in our world today.

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