They were talking about voting rights for people. To be able to vote you had to be a white male and had to own a certain amount of land.
Voting Rights of 1789(Key Date)
In 1789 people were able to have the right to vote. Unfortunately only white men with property could have the right to vote. People who were not able to vote were, Poor people, Women, Native- Americans and enslaved African-Americans.
African Americans tried to gain the right to vote. some of the ways they tried to do this is by protesting. Many African American leaders one of them being Malcolm X , had a way of getting his point across by using violence and protesting. He does this because he tries to use revenge and wants more rights.
Women Suffrage was used to help woman in politics. Women wanted the same rights as men and they started with voting rights. They fought for the 19th amendment to be legalized which states that "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." and after 72 years of fighting they got what they wanted which was equality with men. http://www.law.louisville.edu/sites/www.law.louisville.edu/files/suffrage-800px.jpg
Law Passed in the last 50 years
A law that was passed in the last 50 years was the Copyright Term Extension Act. This law was passed because a lot of people in the business industry tend to make or copy the same ideas as another company. so this law was made to prevent others from copying the same ideas as another company.