History Of Voting Rights


The Struggle Of Voting Rights Begins

1776 - 2013

Abigail Adams asks the Continental Congress to support women's rights. Her husband John Adams ridicules her request and vows to fight the "Despotism of the petticoat. "

Woman's Rights Convetion

1850 - 1860

The First National Women's Rights Convention was held in Worcester, Mass more than 1,000 Activist. National conventions are held yearly through 1860.

November Of 1869

1869 - 1870

Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell, and others form the American Woman Suffrage Association. This group focuses on gaining voting rights for women through laws to individual state constitutions.

Passing Of The Nineteenth

1915 - 1920

The 19th Amendment prohibits any United States citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex.

The Nineteenth's Ratification

1920 - 1922

It was ratified on August 18, 1920.

Unreasonable Limitations

1940 - 1960

Only 3% of African Americans were allowed to vote in the South.
Jim Crow laws, literacy tests, and poll taxes are to keep African-Americans from voting.

Voting Rights Achieved

1965 - 2013

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act into law, removing political barriers from participation of racial and ethnic minorities, prohibiting any election practice that denies the right to vote to anyone because of race.