History of Voting Rights

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The Declaration's wording

1776

Albigil Adams writes to her husband, John, who is attending the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, asking that he and the other men--who were at work on the Declaration of Independence"Remember the Ladies." John responds with humor. The Declaration's wording specifies that "all men are created equal."

Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition

1791

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Criminal Prosecutions

1791

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

National Female Anti-Slavery Society

1837

The first National Female Anti-Slavery Society convention meets in New York City. Lucretia Mott, a Quaker activist, is instrumental in organizing the convention, having had the experience of being denied membership in earlier anti-slavery organizations because she was a woman. Eighty-one delegates from twelve states attend

15th amendment

1869

prohidbate the each government in the US from denying a citizen the right o vote based on the citizen's race right after slavery ended and women were not included in the amendment

19th Amendement

1920

all American women the right to vote.

Selma to Montgomery march

1965

Martin L. King led the march to Montgomery resister blacks in the south. CORE joined SCLC in staging nonviolent demonstrations in Georgia, and Birmingham. They hoped to attract national media attention and pressure the U.S. government to protect Black's constitutional rights.

Selma to montgomery march

1965

Martin L king led the march to Montgomery to register blacks in the south to vote and (blank) was in the front

U.S. Constitution leaves rules about voting rights to the states

1987 - 1989

The U.S. Constitution adopted

Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation

1994 - 2004

Despite these debates there has been little response from Congress in the form of new federal gun control legislation. The last significant federal gun law was 1994's Assault Weapons Ban, passed five years before Columbine, which expired in 2004.