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					TCCSA Professional Development Team                                October 2008

PhotoStory 3
PhotoStory3 is a free download if you have Windows XP or Vista installed on your
computer. To find it you can go to the following link and choose Download

For Computers running MS Windows XP Use this Link:

For Computers running Windows 7, Use this Link:

That will bring you here where you will need to choose the type of connection you have
and then choose continue.

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Photostory is one of Microsoft's best kept secrets. This free software package is on your
CD or, you can download it from Microsoft using the directions on the first page. Using
Photostory, you can create slideshows with your digital photos. With a single click, you can
touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures, remove red-eye, add stunning special effects,
soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, you can personalize
them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an
e-mail or watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable

This tutorial will help you to recreate the story entitled "Remember the Ladies."

                            1. Create a New Project
When you double-click the Photostory icon on your desktop, the following screen is

We are going to begin a new story, so we'll accept the default value and click Next to
proceed to the next step. The next screen you see will allow you to import and arrange
your photos.

                      2. Import and arrange your images
The first thing to do when beginning any project is to gather the materials that you will
need. The first step in Photostory is to import into the project the images that you will be
using. Photostory allows import of most common image formats, including .bmp, .dib, .eps,
.gif, .jhif, ljpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .pcd, .pcx, .png, .psd, .rle, .tga, and .tif. You can import a
maximum of 300 images per project.

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Once you click the Import Pictures button, you will be presented with a dialogue box
where you can select the images you want to use. Navigate to the folder where you have
saved the images you will be using.

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You can select one photo at a time by clicking on the photo to select it, then clicking OK.
This is a rather time consuming way to import pictures. Let's do it in a batch: click on the
first picture (abigailadams.jpg) to select it. Then, scroll down to the last picture
(ulyssesgrant.jpg), HOLD DOWN THE SHIFT KEY and click on the photo of Ulysses S.
Grant. This will select ALL the pictures in the folder. Now click "OK" and all the pictures will
be imported into your project. If you wanted to import some photos, but not all, you would
click on the first photo, then hold down the CTRL key and select only those photos you
want by clicking once on them, then click "OK."

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Arranging Your Photos

You are now ready to arrange your pictures. But wait -- what's Grant doing in here with all
our ladies? Let's get rid of him - select his picture (if it is not already selected) by clicking
once on it. Once selected, it will have a blue border around it, as you see in the example
above. Now hit the DELETE key. Grant is history (literally).

Notice that the pictures were imported in alphabetical order according to filename
(abigailadams.jpg is first and stantonandanthony.jpg is last). This is not the order we want.
To move a picture, select its thumbnail in the timeline and drag it to the position you want.
If you only want to move it over one spot, you can also use the arrow keys to the right of
the timeline. Repeat this process until the pictures are in the following order:

   1.   Suffrage parade
   2.   Abigail Adams (lace bonnet, ruffle at the neck)
   3.   Lucy Stone (dark hair parted in the middle; wart above lip)
   4.   Lucretia Mott (old biddy seated in chair; lace cap tied under chin)
   5.   Elizabeth Cady Stanton (shown with baby)
   6.   Soujourner Truth (Black woman with glasses)
   7.   Text of "Ain't I A Woman" Speech (text)
   8.   Stanton and Anthony together (two women together)
   9.   Hillary Clinton (color picture)

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Choosing the right image format can make a big difference in the final story. The key here
is the resolution of the image. The higher the resolution, the better the final product (but
also, the larger the file size). The trick is to find a balance between high resolution and
reasonable file size. In particular, be careful with scanned images -- if they are scanned at
too low a resolution, they will "pixelate" when zoomed in on.

Rather than clicking Import Pictures, you can open the folder where your pictures are
located, click the pictures you want to import, then drag them to the Import and
arrange your pictures page. (Exception: you can't do this with the following extensions:
.tga, .psdk, .eps, .pcd, and .pcx. You must click the Import Pictures button to import
these files.)

In the next step, we will begin to edit our pictures. But before we go on, let's SAVE our
project. Click the SAVE button, name the file remember, be sure to save it in your
personal folder, then click "OK." Warning: By default, Photostory automatically saves
projects into the "My Videos" folder. Be sure to change to your personal folder when saving

                                  3. Edit your photos
Many of the easiest photo edits can be done with a single click from within Photo Story. To
correct the color level of a photo, select the photo (click once on it), then click the color
adjustment button below the photo. It's amazing how a photo taken on a cloudy day will
brighten up!! To remove red-eye, select the photo, then click the red-eye button (magic!!).
Your subject's eyes no longer look like the eyes of Satan. To rotate your photo 90 degrees
right or left, select the photo, then click on the appropriate rotate button.

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More advanced edits (but still VERY simple) may be made by selecting a photo and then
clicking the edit button:



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themselves in the tabs on the window that now appears. The first is rotate and crop. Of
course, you can always rotate from the project window, but the crop option is what
interests us here:

Once you check the "Crop" box, an area box will appear in the center of the photo. You
can move the box around the photo and resize it until you get the area you want to keep.
Once you are satisfied, click the Save button and your photo will be cropped to your

Auto                                                                  Fix

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Let's face it -- not every photo is a prize winner. Some may appear washed out, too dark,
or too light. By clicking on the Auto Fix tab in the Edit Photos window, you can
automatically adjust the contrast levels, the color, and red-eye by turning these options on.
Be sure to SAVE any changes you make.

Add Effects

You may want to
add some "special
effects" to your
photos. For
example, this
series of photos
dates from the
century. I might
want to add a
sepia effect to the
photos to make
them appear
"old." Or, I may
want to change
the last color
photo to black

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and white so that it matches the rest. All of this can be accomplished with the third tab,
the Add Effects tab. Simply click on the down arrow to open the list of effects, select the
one you want and click Save.

You can work on one photo at a time, or you can advance through the timeline by clicking
the right arrow to move to the next photo to be edited. When you have finished, click

We're almost finished editing our photos -- but we have one more thing to do. In the next
lesson, you will learn how to remove black borders from photos.

Adding effects

In the Add Effect tab of the Edit Pictures window, you can add a number of effects to the current picture, or
to all of the pictures in your story. The following effects are available:

Black and White. This applies a grayscale effect to the photo

Chalk and Charcoal. This applies an artistic grayscale effect to the photo

Colored Pencil. This applies a colored pencil effect to the photo, with a bit too much emphasis on the edges

Diffuse Glow. This applies a halo-like effect to the photo, washing out and blurring much of it

Negative. This reverses the colors in the photo, creating a negative of the original image

Outline, Black. This creates a blackened edge-heavy version of the photo

Outline, Grey. Similar to the previous event, but with a much lighter color cast

Sepia. This applies an old-fashioned sepia tone effect to the photo

Washout. This washes out the photo

Water Color. This applies a nice colorized effect, though I've never seen a watercolor painting this detailed

                                   4. Remove black borders
When you import pictures for your story, Photo Story checks to be sure that they are in the
landscape orientation, that is, that they all have a 4:3 aspect ratio (the relationship of the
width to the height of the image). If it finds any pictures that are in a "portrait" orientation,
Photo Story displays the Remove Black Borders button on the Import and arrange your
pictures page.

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In our project, only two of our images are actually in the landscape orientation; seven are
not. We need to fix that. To make our images conform to our story format, we will select
the first photo that is not going the right way (Abigail Adams) and then click the Remove
black borders button.

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In the photo on the left, we can move the box around and resize it until it fits properly into
the format space. The result of the adjustment is shown below: When you are satisfied
with the picture, click Yes. Notice that you will need to sacrifice some of the "length" of a
portrait style picture in order to accommodate the format of the video.

Repeat this process with all of the pictures that started out in portrait orientation. Once all
the pictures are in a 4:3 aspect ration, you will be returned to the Import Pictures page.
Click Next at the bottom of that page to move on to the fancy stuff.


If you need to rotate a picture, you should do that first, before removing the borders.
Removing the borders in a Photo Story project picture DOES NOT alter the original picture
that is stored on your computer.

                                5. Add titles and effects
You can add a title or text to any photo in Photo Story. We're going to add a title to the
first photo, the parade of suffragettes:

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In the text box, type the title: Remember the Ladies. Notice that it appears in black type
in the middle of the picture. Not good. Let's fix it. Click on the text button   and when the
dialogue box opens up, you can change the size, color, and style of the font. Make it large
enough for a title (suggest 18), choose a color that will contrast sufficiently with the black
and white of the photo (I suggest yellow) and choose a font style (your choice!) that
pleases you:

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When you have made your selections, click OK and they will be applied. Now it looks
better, but it’s still not great. The title is still sitting in the middle of the picture. Let's move
it up so that it won't obscure the view. Click the top vertical alignment button:
(the first one) and the title will move up to the top. Click Next to move on to customizing
motion -- the real pzazz of this program.

                                    6. Customize motion
                                                                      Okay, let's get jazzy and
                                                                      add some visual interest to
                                                                      our story by adding some
                                                                      motion. Photo Story makes
                                                                      it incredibly easy to pan and
                                                                      zoom and add transitions
                                                                      from one image to the next.
                                                                      On the Narrate Your
                                                                      Pictures page, make sure
                                                                      the first picture in the
                                                                      timeline is selected, then
                                                                      click on the Customize
                                                                      Motion button:

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The dialogue box will open up to the Motion and Duration Tab. When you check the
"Specify start and end position of motion" box, you can set the start and end points of your
motion in the two boxes that are presented. If you want to zoom in, start with a full size
image on the left and then reduce the size of the box on the right. If you want to zoom
out, do the opposite: start with a small box on the left and move to a full size image on the
right. You can move the boxes around by clicking and dragging them. You can resize the
boxes by grabbing a handle and dragging from the corners to the middle.

Although you can manually set the length of the duration, I STRONGLY recommend that
you select the Set duration automatically option. When you record your narration, Photo
Story will automatically adjust the duration of the motion to the length of the narration.
Otherwise, you'll have to do it manually and this can be a tedious process. Let Photo Story
do the work for you!! You can preview the effect by clicking the Preview button.

The next step is to add a transition. Click the tab at the top that says Transition. A word
of warning is in order here: transitions, when overdone, can be as annoying as animated
gifs on a webpage. A little bit goes a long way. I recommend that you stick with cross fade
or fade to black for the final image. No one likes to see venetian blinds opening and closing
or images flying across the screen from one side to the other. Not good form. Keep it
simple!! Here's the Transition dialogue box:

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Be sure you check the box that says "Start current picture using a transition." Then
select the transition you want (again, I urge you to use the default selection, which is cross
fade. You will be tempted to use lots of them because they are so much fun, but it can be
distracting for your audience if there are too many different ones. You finished product will
look much more professional if you use just one or two different transitions.). Be sure to
set the transition duration to be automatic. Finally, preview your selections. When you
are satisfied, click Save.

The program will then advance to the second slide. Repeat the process: customize the
motion, add a transition, save it and move to the next until you have completed all
nine images. When you have done all nine, click Close.

                                     7. Add narration
Now we're ready for the big time -- narration. Photo Story makes it amazingly easy to
narrate your tale. Before you begin, of course you have to have something to say. There is
a text box where you can copy and paste the text of your narration so that when it comes
time to actually verbalize it, you will have it right in front of you. It is best to prepare your
story FIRST, then record it. Do not try to "ad lib" -- the hems and haws will drive your
viewers nuts. For our practice tale, you may use the original script which can be found at
the end of this tutorial.

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When it's time to record your narration, plug in the headset and microphone to the jacks
on your computer. Then, when you are ready to begin, take a look at the three buttons at
your disposal:

To begin recording, press Record. When you reach the end of the narration for the first
slide, press Stop. If you want to test it out (and I urge you to do so!), click the Preview
button to listen to what you've got. If you're not satisfied, click the Delete button and try
again. When you are satisfied with the narration for the first slide, select the second slide
and repeat the process. Continue until you have recorded the narration for all nine slides.
You can record up to a maximum of five minutes per slide.

                                       8. Add music
No movie would be complete without some background music. It is important to choose
music that is appropriate to your story. As a general rule, songs with lyrics do not work
well -- the lyrics of the song will compete with your narration, so it is best to choose
instrumental music. You are not limited to a single piece of music. You can add more than
one piece of music per movie. Here's the starting point for adding music:

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Notice that you have two options for music: you can either select music that you have
already downloaded to your computer, or you can create music from selections provided by
Photo Story. We're going to use the Create
Music option for our story.

To begin, select the first image where you
want the music to begin playing. For our
story, we want the music to start when the
first image is displayed, so we'll select the
first image (click once on it to select it) and
then click the Create Music button. From
here you will make your choices:

Select the genre, style, band, mood, tempo
and intensity that suit your piece. To test out
your choices, press Play. When you're
satisfied with your choices, press OK. Once
you press OK, the music is added to your
piece and is shown by a bar above the image
timeline. Notice that Photo Story
automatically adjusts the length of the piece

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to the length of your story (thank you, Photo Story -- this would be a tedious task if you
had to do it manually!).

    This is a good time to preview your project. Be sure the first slide is selected so it will
     play from the beginning, then click the Preview button and watch the show. If you
   decide you don't like your music choice after all, just click the Delete Music button and
       start over selecting music for your piece. If you later decide to edit your piece by
    deleting images, adding images, changing the narration, adding motion or transitions,
    the music will automatically adjust to the new length of your piece. This feature alone
    makes this program worth its weight in gold. The preview (at 320 x 240) lets you see
       what your story will look and sound like in the final version. Because the preview
      window is relatively small, the quality is relatively high. The quality may not be this
     good in the final version, depending on how you decide to output it. But more about
                                           that later ...

                                9. SAVE YOUR PROJECT

There is nothing more frustrating than to spend hours on a project and then watch it
disappear into cyberspace when your computer suddenly freezes or goes blank for no

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apparent reason. You can save yourself from potential disaster by saving your project

Photo Story provides a Save Project button at the bottom of every page. Use it!! I
recommend that before you ever press the Next button on any page, you hit Save
Project first. And when you're editing photos, hit the Save Project button after every
edit!! You can't use this button too often.

When you save your project, Photo Story creates a .wp3 file. This is the project file that
you will want to re-open for future edits. However, be aware the .wp3 files can be opened
ONLY by Photo Story 3. If you do not have this program on your computer, you won't be
able to open the file. In other words, don't send the story of your Baby's first tooth to
Grandma in .wp3 format. She won't be able to do a thing with it and that's not what you
want to view the story with anyway.

In the final step, we will output the story into a format that is suitable for viewing. Just be
aware that the .wp3 file is a working file, not a finished product. It is the file you will want
to open when you want to make additions or corrections. It is not the file you want to open
when you invite your family over to watch the story of your trip to Hawaii. We're not done

                              10. Export       your project

OK, now that you have saved
your project, you can click
Next to proceed to the final
step. We are now going to
output our story in a format
that is suitable for viewing.
Photostory gives you a lot of

I feel obligated to warn you
about a few of these choices.
We are going to select the
first option, to save our story
for playback on a computer. This will allow us to show the video full screen (it will play in
Windows Media Player). Be warned -- you need Windows Media Player 10 or higher. If you
have not updated your Media Player now is the time to do it. Get it from Microsoft’s
website. These videos will not play in older versions of Windows Media Player.

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If you elect to send the story in an email message, it will be compressed and show in a
window that is half-size (320 x 240). Even so, video files tend to be large. Be careful about
sending these in an email -- they are still big files.

The next three options look fantastic. However ... don't get too excited just yet. If you save
it for playback on a Pocket PC, a SmartPhone or a Mobile Media Center, you'd better have
the latest and greatest hardware and software. The Pocket PC version requires Windows
Mobile Media Player 10 or higher, which cannot be downloaded as a separate application
from Microsoft; it does come bundled with the latest version of the mobile operating
system. For more information on viewing on mobile devices go here:

Now, then, you're asking -- can I save it to a DVD? The answer is NO and YES. No, you
cannot save it directly to a DVD from Photo Story. But yes, you can import it into Adobe
Premiere Elements and create a DVD from there.

That said, here's what you need to do to finish your story: First, select the Save for
Playback on a computer option. Next, click the Browse button to select the location
where you want to save your project. Click Next and be prepared to go for a walk. What
happens next is that Photo Story begins the process of "rendering" your video, putting it
into the format you have selected. Depending on the length of your story and the speed of
your processor, this can be a lengthy process. Be patient -- good things come to those who
wait. You will see a series of screens that document the progress that is being made. Your
patience will be rewarded by the final screen:

How silly to even ask. Of course, we want to view our masterpiece!! Select View Your
Story by clicking once on this option and then watch the magic!! Congratulations, you've
just made your first digital story.

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Note: The final file that is produced by this project is a .wmv file. It must be played in
Windows Media Player 10. Once it has been rendered, the .wmv file cannot be edited. If
you want to edit your project, you must go back to the .wp3 project file, make your
changes, and then export it again to .wmv format.

                        How To Burn Your Photostory onto a CD

OK, you've finished your story. Now, how do you get it off your computer and onto a CD?
It's easy ...

   1. Make sure that you have actually generated the movie in Photostory. Your PROJECT

      file has the extension .wp3 and has an icon that looks like this:       This is NOT
      the file you want to burn onto a CD. You want the actual MOVIE file that you
      generated from your project at the end of Photostory. The file you want to move to

      a CD is a .wmv file and has this icon:    . You should have two files with the
      same names but different extensions when you finish:

                                mystory.wp3 mystory.wmv

   2. Put a blank CD in the CD drive. Now, on your desktop, double-click on "My
      Computer". Navigate to the folder where you have stored your movie and open that
      folder. You should see mystory.wmv. Move that window over to the right side of
      your screen to make room for a second window.
   3. Now double-click on "My Computer" again. Then double-click on the CD-ROM drive
      (usually drive D).
   4. Drag and drop the mystory.wmv file to the CD-Rom drive.
   5. On the left side of the window, click on the menu item that says "Write these files to
      CD." Bingo! You're done.

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Teaching Ideas:
Creativity is the best component when using Photo Story 3. Some ideas that have been
used in the classroom range from introducing the Planets to Bird Identification. Other
ideas address all levels of the curriculum including: water cycles, life cycles, history (i.e.-
timeline of battles, decades, digital documentaries, timelines of famous people), art
(student art work), literature (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, mythology, poetry), and holidays

The Planets… (Technology, Science, History, Language Arts, Music):

      Photos from scanned images from textbooks and images on the Internet
      Midi files (this could be higher technology learning--creating Midi files) ripped music
       from CD (be sure to watch for copyright identification/notice and give proper
       citation), narrations, or sound clips from websites such as Freeplaymusic

Bird Identification (Technology, Science, History, Language Arts, Music):

      Photos from scanned images from textbooks and images on the Internet or Digital
       Photos from Digital Blue™ Zoomshot™ Digital Snapshot Binoculars
      Midi files (this could be higher technology learning-creating Midi files), ripped music
       from CD (be sure to watch for copyright identification/notice and give proper
       citation), narrations, or sound clips

Literature-Hamlet by Shakespeare (Technology, Science, History, Language
Arts, Music):

      Images scanned from the literary books or images from the Internet
      Midi files (this could be higher technology learning-creating Midi files), ripped music
       from CD (be sure to watch for copyright identification/notice and give proper
       citation), narrations, or sound clips
      Wav files created with the narration tool in Photo Story 3

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                                   Remember the Ladies
                                    Photo Story Script

Title Slide: Remember the Ladies

When we, as women, voted in the last presidential election, most of us took that right for
granted as citizens of a free country. But it ‘twas not always thus… We have many
courageous women to thank for our right to vote. Let’s remember some of these ladies

Slide Two: Abigail Adams

The first was Abigail Adams, who in 1776 wrote to her husband John, who was attending
the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, asking that he and the other men—who were at
work on the Declaration of Independence—“Remember the Ladies” when preparing a new
code of laws and that he "be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors."
She warned him that "If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are
determined to foment a Rebelion and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which
we have no voice, or Representation.”

Slide Three: Lucy Stone

In 1833, women’s education got a boost when Oberlin College became the first
coeducational college in the United States. In 1841, Oberlin awarded the first academic
degrees to three women. Early graduates included this woman, Lucy Stone.

Slide Four: Lucretia Mott

In 1837, the first National Female Anti-Slavery Society convention met in New York City.
Lucretia Mott, a Quaker activist, was instrumental in organizing the convention, having had
the experience of being denied membership in earlier anti-slavery organizations because
she was a woman. Eighty-one delegates from twelve states attended.

Slide Five: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

In March of 1840, the World’s Anti-Slavery Convention in London rejected the credentials
of American delegate Lucretia Mott and other female delegates. This experience prompted
Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to take on the cause of women’s rights. In 1848, the first

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women’s rights convention in the United States was held in Seneca Falls, New York. The
idea for the convention arises spontaneously out of a discussion among Lucretia Mott,
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seen here, and three other women over tea. Many participants
sign a "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" that outlines the main issues and goals
for the emerging women's movement. Thereafter, women's rights meetings are held on a
regular basis.

Slide Six: Sojourner Truth

In 1851, former slave Sojourner Truth delivers her “Ain’t I a Woman” speech before a
spellbound audience at a women’s rights convention in Akron, Ohio. This is what she said:

Slide Seven: Excerpt from “Ain’t I A Woman” Speech

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think
that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights,
the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over
ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or
over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen
children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief,
none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all
alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up
again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Slide Eight: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

In 1866, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, seen together here, form the
American Equal Rights Association, an organization for white and black women and men
dedicated to the goal of universal suffrage.

Slide Nine: Hilary Clinton

So when the next presidential election rolls around, exercise your right to vote. And,
please … Remember the Ladies!


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