History of Voting

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Declaration of Independance

7/2/1776

The most famous words of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness

US Constitution Adopted

1787

It states who has the right to vote (limited only to white men who own land)

Women's Rights and Mistreatment convention

07/18/1848

Elizabeth Stanton spearheaded the first women rights convention in Seneca Falls
Over 300 men and women came to protest the mistreatment of women

15th Amendment

2/26/1869 - 2/3/1870

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 race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Gave African Americans the right to vote during the Reconstruction period
Many African Americans held places in office

Jim Crow period

1877 - 1965

A racial class system predominantly used in the south.
It regulated African Americans to be second class citizens.
It created set laws which limited blacks socially in matters of food,greetings,conversation, and affection.

Anthony Amendment Introduced

1/10/1878

The "Anthony Amendment" to extend the vote to women was introduced into the United States Congress.

Anthony Amendment Approved(19th Amendment)

5/21/1919 - 9/4/1919

May 21: United States House of Representatives passed the Anthony Amendment again.

June 4: United States Senate approved the Anthony Amendment.

26th Amendment

3/23/1971 - 7/1/1971

The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of age.