History of Voting Rights


Declaration of rights


The Declaration of rights was used to restrict Blacks in many states to vote. States such as: Maryland, New Hampshire, Virginia etc.

Seneca Falls Convection

July 1848

Seneca Falls convection was the first women's rights convection. This convection protested the mistreatment of women in social, economic, political, and religious life.

The Fourteenth Amendment


It was created to ensure that the rights of former slaves would be protected throughout the nation. The Amendment was great because up to this time, the provisions of the Bill of Rights were not enforceable against state governments.

Petition to Congress

December 1871

A voting rights petition sent to the Senate and House of Representatives requested that suffrage rights be extended to women and that women be granted the privilege of being heard from Congress. This was important because representatives from the woman suffrage achieved their goal.

Petition from Susan B. Anthony to U.S Congress

January 12, 1874

Susan B. Anthony petitioned the Congress of the United States requesting "that the fine imposed upon your petitioner be remitted, as an expression of the sense of this high tribunal that her conviction was unjust." She did this because she felt the things she was being accused of were unjust and wrong.

The Nineteenth Amendment

August 24, 1920

The 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. This was really good for women because they worked hard to get their word across and to fight Congress to gain their rights.

The Civil Rights Activism


It reached a high point when Martin Luther King led the Selma march that focused America's attention on this unforgivable inequity, to work with Congress to achieve the Ratification of the Voting Rights Act.

African American Civil Rights Movement

1955 - 1968

The social movement in the United States aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against black Americans and restoring voting rights to them.

Voting Rights Act


African Americans were restricted the right to vote. They fought long and hard days to reach their goals. They started to boycott buses and organize sit-ins when they wouldn't serve them, etc. Whites required them to take literacy test in order for them to be able to vote. And after they took these test only 1% were about to vote out of the millions of people that came to register.