Portraits of American Girlhood is a wonderful curriculum based on the American Girl books and is written by Cindy Sotelo of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I am in no way affiliated with Portraits of American Girlhood. I began this blog as a safe way to have lots of great resources that go along with the books and curriculum in one place, reducing the time for parents to look for information on-line so they can spend more time learning together as a family.

I began this blog in June of 2010 and it will probably take me a year to complete it. I hope that you find it helpful; however, if you come across any links or videos that are questionable or no longer working, please leave me a comment so I can make the necessary changes.

Here are the American Girls we have studied so far...

Happy Birthday, Samantha - Week 4

Function: verb; Inflected Form(s): changed; chang·ing; 1. To make or become different : ALTER; 2. To give a different position, course, or direction to; 3. To replace with another : SWITCH, EXCHANGE (change places); 4. To give or receive an equal amount of money in usually smaller units of value or in a foreign currency (change a $10 bill); 5. a - To put fresh clothes or covering on (change a bed) b - To put on different clothes
- chang·er noun
- change hands : to pass from one person's possession to another's


* Suffrage - Function: noun; The right of voting; also: the exercise of such right

* Enforce - Function: verb; 1. To bring about by force : COMPEL (enforce obedience)
2. To carry out effectively (enforce the law)
- en·force·able /-fr-s-bl, -fr-/ adjective
- en·force·ment /-fr-smnt, -fr-/ noun
- en·forc·er noun

* Denied - Function: verb; Inflected Form(s): de·nied; de·ny·ing; 1. To declare not to be true : CONTRADICT (deny report); 2. To refuse to grant (deny request); 3. To refuse to accept the existence or truth of

* Legislation - Function: noun; 1. The action of making laws; 2. The laws made by a legislator or legislative body

* Abridged - Function: verb; Inflected Form(s): abridged; abridg·ing; Etymology: Middle English abregen "deprive, reduce," from early French abreger (same meaning), from Latin abbreviare "to shorten" --related to ABBREVIATE; 1. To make less : DIMINISH ; 2. To shorten in duration or extent; 3. To shorten by omission of words : CONDENSE - abridg·er noun

* Article - Function: noun; 1. A separate part of a document dealing with a single subject (the third article of the U.S. Constitution); 2. A piece of writing other than fiction or poetry that forms an independent part of a publication (as a magazine); 3. A word (as a, an, or the) used with a noun to limit it or make it clearer; 4. A member of a class of things (articles of clothing)


Section 1. The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

(from Wikipedia) - The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920.

The Constitution allows states to determine the qualifications for voting, and until the 1910s most states disenfranchised women entirely. The amendment was the culmination of the women's suffrage movement, which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote.

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted the amendment and first introduced it in 1878; it was forty-one years later, in 1919, when the Congress submitted the amendment to the states for ratification. A year later, it was ratified by the requisite number of states, with Tennessee's ratification being the final vote needed to add the amendment to the Constitution.

The Nineteenth Amendment was unsuccessfully challenged in Leser v. Garnett (1922). In that case, the Supreme Court rejected claims that the amendment was unconstitutionally adopted.


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