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First, read please read

Jane Addams, “Why Women Should Vote,” Ladies Home Journal, 27 (January 1910): 21-22.

The document is also attached to this post as a .pdf

Then, in this informal response paper, please answer the below questions. You may structure your response however you choose, as long as all of the following questions are answered within it. Your response must be a minimum of 500 words. Expected length of 600-800 words, 12pt Times New Roman, proper headings, double spaced, original title, pagination, works cited. This is a formal writing assignment. Your response should use complete sentences/paragraphs and a formal tone (no first person, no colloquialisms). Your response should have a clear introduction and conclusion. Please be sparing in your use of quotes. I am more interested in your words than re-reading Addams’ words. You are welcome to use class readings or lectures to support your analysis.

Questions to be answered:

Why does Jane Addams think women should have the right to vote? Please summarize her argument in your own words.

Who is Addams’ primary audience for this editorial? Do you think she has other audiences in mind? If so, who and why?

How does Addams try to persuade her audience for this editorial of her position? What sorts of appeals does she make in this piece? Please include specific examples from the text. What other possible arguments might she have made? Why do you think she focused on the topics that she did?

Would you classify Addams’s position as Progressive? Why or why not?

Responses will be graded according to the following criteria:

Does the response address all the questions posed?

Does the response demonstrate that the student has done a close and careful reading of the text?

Does the response offer a thoughtful engagement with the text?

Does the response demonstrate a concerted effort to think about the significance of the text and its relationship to course topics?

Does the response make sense? Are the ideas within it clearly communicated?

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