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U.S. Constitution Adopted

September 17, 1787

In the discussions over adopting the U.S. Constitution there were many arguments regarding who should be allowed to vote. Slave states wanted only white men to vote, but yet they still their black slaves to be counted when counting how many members of congress each state is entitled to. The Constitutional Convention was unable to come up with an agreement, so they left it to each individual state.Most of the states decided only white males that owned a certain amount of property could vote.

Women Suffrage Movement

1848 - 1920


The first Women's Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1848. They demanded the rights to vote. Over the next 72 years women woulds speak out, petition, lobby, protest, sue, march and anything else in their power to make sure that their voices are herd.

Seneca Falls Convention

July 1848

First Women's Right Convention in American History. Organized and hardly publicized over 300 men and women came to Seneca Falls New York to protest the mistreatment of women. They wanted to push for women to gain the rights to vote.

15th Amendment Gives Blacks Rights to Vote

1870


(During Reconstruction Period) In theory, the 15th Amendment was made to extend voting rights to Blacks. But there was a great deal of resistance to the 15th Amendment, especially from the southern states. Whites used violence and economic reprisal to prevent black men from voting. At the time Mexican-Americans were denied the right to vote at all.

Jim Crow Period

1877 - 1965

Jim Crow was a racial caste system that evolved mostly in the south. It brought great discrimination to blacks. It also gave blacks rules that they had to abide by. Most of these laws brought segregation to the United States. Blacks couldn't associate with whites.

19th Amendment

1920


After 72 years of Women Suffrages, women finally gain the right to vote due to the 91th Amendment. Regardless of what the 9th Amendment states, women still face prejudice, and discrimination. Just like the Black men faced when the 15th Amendment was first put into power. It was introduced by Susan B. Anthony.