What does the American Revolution’s rallying cry “taxation without representation” have to do with the District of Columbia?  Looking at three different types of sources-- Congressional debates, a newspaper article and posters-- students will see how the taxation without representation argument has been used to advocate for district voting rights for over 200 years.


Students will be able to...

  • Use evidence from informational texts to support analysis and answer questions.
  • Identify each type of source and its persuasive tactics.
  • Describe how the issue of voting rights in DC has been a point of debate for over 200 years.
  • Apply the concept of "taxation without representation" to the argument for DC voting rights.