History of Voting Rights


Women lose right to vote

1777 - 1807

In New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey in earlier years had let women vote but they eventually took away that right. After 1807 women later was not able to vote.

U.S Constitution Adopted


There are harse arguments over who would or should
be allowed to vote. Slave states only allowed white men to vote and for white men who owned certain property.

Women Suffrage Movement

1865 - 1880

Southern white women created Confederate memorial societies to help keep the memory of "Lost Cause". Also, more new black women created thousands of organizations towards "uplifting the race"

14th Amendment


The 14th Amendment was ratified. This Amendment was the first to refer "citizens" and "voters" as male.

15th Amendment

1870 - 1965

The 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote.It stated that no U.S citizen should be denied because of their race or color. It didn't take full effect until some years later because of poll taxes. The amendment wasn't really used until after 1965

Civil Rights Movement

1960 - 1965

The Civil Rights Movement demanded voting rights for African-Americans. African Americans protested, marched, did petitions, etc. They went against many segregation laws and were beaten and nearly beaten to death for better rights.

Voting Rights Act takes effect


By the end of 1966, only 4 out of the 13 southern states have less than 50% of African-Americans registered to vote. In the later years, registration in Alabama grew a lot, from 50,000 in 1960 to more than 500,000 in 1990.

Voting rights and the criminal justice system


1.4 million black men are denied to vote because they served time in prison. In 5 states, including Florida more than one-in- four black men are disenfranchised.