History of Voting Rights

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Woman's Suffarage (Abigail Adams)

1776

US Constitution of 1787

September 17, 1787

States who has at the time had the right to vote.. indirectly said that white win were the ones who could vote.

Seneca Falls Convention

1848

First woman's right convention in Americas history. Over 300 men and man people gathered at to protest the mistreatment of woman social, political, economic, and religious life and push for the right for woman to vote.

15th Amendment

1870

Took place during the period of reconstruction when African Americas where gaining power.The amendment gave AA the right to excerise their right to vote

Poll Taxes (African American Voting Rights)

1877

Blacks who cannot afford to pay a voting tax cannot vote. Taxes were high and had to be paid on the spot. This was a huge disadvantage to blacks since their income was barely enough to support their family for a whole year.

Jim Crow Period

1877

Down graded blacks once again. Laws were put in place that blacks had to follow. Ex. A black male could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a white male because it implied being socially equal. Obviously, a black male could not offer his hand or any other part of his body to a white woman, because he risked being accused of rape.

Voting Rights Act

1965 - Present

This acts made sure that every United States citizen had the equal right to vote. This was needed because before some were treated unfairly when it came to voting just because of the color of their skin. There is currently a controversy about this act now about whether or not the voting rights act is still needed in today's day and time.

VRA Comes into effect

1966

Many blacks during this time had became registered to vote and began voting, but even though they had the equal rights to vote many still didn't because they were afraid of what some would have did if they had the right to vote.

19th Amendment

1997

Susan B. Anthony introduced it to congress in 1878. This amendment gave woman the right to vote again.