History of Voting Rights


Abigail Adams starts Voting Struggle


She was educated at home. She learned domestic skills, such as sewing, fine needlework, and cooking, along with reading and writing. Abigail was a women who believed that women should have the same rights to have a voice as men. She also believed that women should educate themselves and be recognized for their strengths, so they could influence the lives of their children and people to come.

African Americans Rights to Vote- 15th Amendment


The 15th amendment is an amendment that protects African Americans rights to vote. This amendment was created after years of African Americans not having the same rights because of their skin color. The two amendments before this also dealt with African American rights as citizens and actually being treated as people.


African American Voting Rights- Thomas Mundy Peterson

March 31, 1870

Thomas Mundy Peterson was born in New Jersey. He was the first African-American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. His vote was cast on March 31, 1870.

Women Suffrage- Alice Paul


On March 3, 1913, Paul and her colleagues coordinated an enormous suffrage parade. Paul was arrested and imprisoned. Along with some of the other activists, Paul was placed in solitary confinement. The women were force-fed for as long as three weeks. These abuses did not have their intended effect: When everyone found out about it, everyone had sympathy to the side of the imprisoned activists and she soon was released.

Constitutional Amendment-19th Amendment

June 4, 1919

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote. After many years of women struggling the women finally won over their right to vote.

Constitutional Amendment- 19th Amendment

August 18, 1920

The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was the amendment that said any United States citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920. The Constitution allows the states to determine the qualifications for voting, and this helped push women out of the idea of being able to vote. The Fourteenth Amendment did not apply to women or give them a right to vote.

Women Suffrage- Mary B. Talbert


She was a black leader that founded the Anti-Lynching Crusade. She fought for women rights to vote. In 1923 seven hundred black and white women had joined the effort to stop these murders and rights to vote. Black and white southern feminists, who addressed specific issues facing southern black women, formed the Committee on Negro Problems in 1924.