Voting Rights Timeline

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Signing of the Declaration of Independence

1776

Gaining freedom from Great Britain was suppose to be an ideal opportunity for an era of peace and freedom, however it seems like white supremacy came quickly after even after the DOI gave rights to life and liberty to ALL US citezens.

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12th Amendment to the U.S Constitution

06/15/1804

The amendment that enforced 5 rights given to all american citezens: Speech, Religion, Audience, Poll and Petition. The 4th one, poll, is the ability to vote as taking a poll is to gather the opinions of a large group of people in order to get to a single point or rule to be passed.

Sencea Falls Convention

July 19, 1848 - July 20, 1848

A meeting of women from the western side of the U.S to talk and convulse about the role in women in that time period. This was one of the first meetings that women upheld to talk about their own personal rights in America.

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19th Amendment to the United States Constitution

08/18/1920

This amendment passed gives every U.S Citizen the right to vote no matter gender which was critical towards the voting rights of women as they have been denied voting rights since voting started all the way back in 1776.

Civil Rights Movement

1950 - 1980

The entirety of the Civil Rights movement may not be about voting to the point, however the point of the movement was create equality for the African American people and where comes equality, there comes a sense of having as much power as the people living next to you. A lot of fights and debate came up in this movement (rightfully so seeing how its an act to change years upon years of supremacy towards one race) and upon doing so, obviously the ability to vote for the next person to rule the country did spark a lot of interest in the people who were fight over these 30 years.

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Children's Crusade

May 2, 1963 - May 5, 1963

The Crusade took place in Birmingham Alabama where hundreds of kids from all over the state marched downtown to talk to the mayor about segregation. One of the key points in this is that one thing preventing African-Americans from voting was the segregation laws against them, so if they get rid of segregation, they would be able to vote without question.

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Section 5

1965 - 2031

Section 5 was used as a temporary answer to preventing peoples voting rights to be tampered with. However, this only affected a certain amount of states, causing a slight disturbance in areas not affected by this law.

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Selma to Montgomery March

1965

Thousands of African Americas walked from Selma to Montgomery for their right to vote. On their way, they were attacked by the police force to stop this march. Lots of lives were taken and many were wounded on this fight for freedom giving it another name known as Bloody Sunday.

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The First Presidential Election

1979

When a voting system was created in order to vote for a president (which was George Washington) there were only a chosen few who were set for the role to vote. Many complicated rules were enforced to tell who could vote, but it all comes down to three basic traits; in order to vote, you had to be white, you had to own land, and you had to be a man.

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