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In 1997 the Sophia Smith Collection (SSC) at Smith College received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to process eight collections: the papers of Constance Baker Motley, Dorothy Kenyon, Mary Kaufman, Frances Fox Piven, Jessie Lloyd O'Connor, and Gloria Steinem and the records of the Women's Action Alliance and the National Congress of Neighborhood Women. These six individuals and two organizations were chosen in large part because of their impressive achievements, as "Agents of Social Change," the name by which the project became known. For more information on these individuals and organizations, see the Agents of Social Change online exhibit.

Part of the project's mission was to reach beyond the traditional community of archival users-beyond senior scholars, graduate students and undergraduates. Recognizing a need, the SSC has endeavored to bring the richness of the various "Agents of Social Change" collections into middle and high school classrooms. Using the selected documents presented here, classroom teachers will be able to open up potentially rich discussions such as the struggle for African American civil rights, the rights of Americans to engage in radical politics, efforts at urban reform as well as the fight for women's rights from the 1930s to the 1980s.

For other Web sites of interest see Related Internet Sources.

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