History of Voting Rights



Start of US Voting in 1776(key date)


Only white men and free black men in NJ, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut could vote.

Women's Suffrage


US Constitutional Convention places voting qualifications in the hands of the states. Women in all states except New Jersey lose the right to vote.

Constitutuional Amendments

September 25,1789

Constitutional Amendments are written ext that document the changes and rights of the nation in the United States.

Consttutional Amendments

February 7, 1795

11th Amendment stated a law of immunity of the court and limitations.

African-American Voting Rights


Mississippi adopts a literacy test to keep African Americans from voting. Numerous other states,not just in the south also establish literacy tests.

Women's Suffage


Women's suffrage reached a national level in New Zealand and other countries.

African American voting rights


Louisiana passed the Grandfather Clauses to prevent former slaves and their descendants from voting.

Law passed in last 50 years


South Carolina a restrictive voter ID law; kept more than 180,000 African Americans from voting.