Thomas Wilson Dorr: The Working Class Right to Vote45 min
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.
- What challenges are you facing?
- What fears or concerns might you have?
- What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?
- What was Dorr’s purpose in leading the People’s Convention?
- What actions did Dorr take to achieve his goals? To what extent was he successful with each step along the way?
Discuss the following questions with your students.
- What is the historical context of the narrative?
- What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
- How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
- How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
- How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
- What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
- Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
- How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
- Students will analyze and evaluate Thomas Wilson Dorr’s purposeful behavior in leading the effort to expand suffrage in Rhode Island for working class men.
- Students will apply their knowledge of purpose to their own lives.