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The Elizabeth Murray Project

Elizabeth Murray was born in Scotland in 1726 and moved, by herself, to Boston at the age of 22. In Boston, Murray became a successful shop owner, helped other women who wished to start businesses, and lived a remarkably independent life for an eighteenth century colonial woman. The Elizabeth Murray Project is a resource site for K-12 and college educators that features archival material and lesson plans related to Elizabeth Murray's life and work. Created by instructors at California State University, Long Beach and the Long Beach Unified School District with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, this website includes a remarkable collection of portraits, pamphlets, trade cards, letters, newspaper articles, and legal notifications. In Teacher Resources, instructors can browse for complete lesson plans and lesson ideas by grade level (Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University). Lesson Plan topics include Consumerism and the American Revolution; Women and Education; and Gender and Opportunity in colonial America. The Elizabeth Murray Project also features a collection of Interactive Primary Sources and a helpful Glossary help students as they navigate this site.
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