History of Voting Rights


U.S Constitution adopted

1787 - 2000

In the debates over adopting the U.S. Constitution there are bitter arguments over who should be allowed to vote. The Constitutional Convention cannot agree on any national voting-rights standard so they leave it up to each individual state. Most of the states decree that only white males are eligible to vote, and most limit the vote to those white males who own a certain amount of property.

Seneca Falls Convention

1848 - 1850

People came to talk at a convention to talk for women voting rights. This is important because it finally gave women the right to vote

Selma to Montgomery March


They called it Bloody Sunday people were marching for Jimmy Lee Jackson and many people were injured they were stopped by cops soon they were about to cross over and they were beaten. This is important because it showed blacks courage and something that helped them gain their rights as people.

15th Admendment


Guaranteeing blacks specifically the right to vote and women were left out of this.

Susan B. Anthony and The Struggle For Suffrage


Susan B. Anthony devoted more than fifty years of her life to the cause of woman suffrage. After casting her ballot in the 1872 Presidential election in her hometown of Rochester, New York, she was arrested, indicted, tried, and convicted for voting illegally. At her two-day trial in June 1873, which she later described as "the greatest judicial outrage history has ever recorded," After Anthony's arrest, which occurred two weeks after the November 5 election, there was a hearing to determine if she had, in fact, broken the law. This is important because it gave women te courage to fight for what they wanted

Jim Crow period


A law that separated blacks from whites in all areas.

19th Admendment


Gave women the right to vote. After 72 years of fighting.

African-American Civil Rights Movement

1955 - 1968

Refers to the social movements in the United States aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against black Americans and restoring voting rights to them. The movement was characterized by major campaigns of civil resistance. Between 1955 and 1968, acts of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience produced crisis situations between activists and government authorities. http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/cachevalleydaily.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/ac/7ac7eefc-6385-11e2-aba

Civil Rights Act of 1964


That banned discrimination based on "race, color, religion, or national origin" in employment practices and public accommodations; the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that restored and protected voting rights;

Voting Rights Act


Allowed African-Americans the right to vote.

Black Power Movement

1966 - 1975

Challenged the established black leadership for its cooperative attitude and its nonviolence, and instead demanded political and economic self-sufficiency.