Voting Rights Timeline

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Abigail Adams asks the Continental Congress to support women's rights.

1776

Adams wrote a letter to her husband asking for women to have some rights, but was ridiculed and vow to fight the Despotism of the petticoat

Women lose right to vote

1777

States that allowed women to vote rescinded those rights and after 1807, no state allows women to vote.

US Constitution Adopted

1787

The slave-states insist that only white males be allowed to vote, yet they simultaneously demand that their Black slaves be counted as well. Most of the states decree that only white males are eligible to vote

Woman Suffrage Movement Begins

1848

In 1848 the first Women's Rights Convention is held in Seneca Falls, NY. They wanted all rights as full citizens which included the right to vote

Blacks Recognized as Citizens

1867

14th Amendment says that states are required to recognize Black males as citizens.
Women of all races were excluded

Women petition to be included in the draft 15th Amendment

1868

1868: Women petition that womens' suffrage be included in the draft 15th Amendment. Congress deny their petition.

Black Codes

1869

1869 marked the beginning of Black Codes. State laws that restricted the freedoms of African Americans. Among those freedoms restricted was the freedom to exercise the right to vote. These restrictions were enforced by literacy tests, poll taxes, hiding the locations of the polls, economic pressures, and threats of physical violence.

15th amendment

1870

Prohibits each government in the United States from denying a citizen the right to vote based on a person race

Abandonment of 15th amendment

1877

Even with the 15th amendment in place blacks who tried to vote were fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, beaten, and lynched

Women Suffrage Amendment

1878

After 42 years of struggle the amendment is ratified in 1920. Giving women their rights

19th Amendment extends right to vote to women.

1920

Extends right to vote to women

Civil Rights Movement

1960 - 1965

Demands the right to vote.

Passage of voting rights act

1965

Outlawed phony voting requirements

Voting Rights Act in effect

1966

250,000 new Black voters have been registered in the South
50 percent of African-Americans registered to vote