History of Voting Rights Timeline

The voting Rights Act was the struggle for the African Americans.

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Abigail Adams asks the Continential Congress to support Women's Rights

1776

Abigail Adams was the speaker for women in order for them to gain their rights in the Voting Rights Act. She tells the Continential Congress to support Women's Rights. This was significant because Abigail helped all women use the First Amendment which was freedom of speech in order to gain their rights in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

US Constitution

1787

The US Constitution is important to the Voting Rights Act because it held elections for people to vote. Once the Articles Congress certified that eleven states had ratified the Constitution, elections were held, and the new government began on March 4th, 1789, and the Articles Congress dissolved itself.

Citizenship limited to "Whites"

1790

Citizenship was only limited to the whites. This was not fair because the blacks deserved to have their rights also. This is significant to the voting rights because it shows the way the whites got their voting rights easily because citizenship was limited but the blacks did not have the citizenship limited so they did not get to vote.

Texas denies vote to Mexicans

1836

Mexicans did not have the right to vote because Texas denied it. Everyone from any race should be able to vote and have the same amount of rights as everyone else. The votes of every person counts including Mexicans, etc. This could lead to rebelling and protests in order to gain equal rights.

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Women's Suffrage Movement

1848 - 1920

The Women's suffrage was a fight for more freedom, more opportunities, and rights. Women rebelled because they weren't treated equally to men. They either protested, went on strike, and some even got arrested in order to tell everyone their message in order to gain their rights. This was very significant because women talked to the leaders to gain their voting rights. It was the struggle to achieve equal rights for women. In conclusion, women became increasingly active in the quest for their own suffrage.

Women petition that womens' suffrage be included in the draft 15th Amendment

1868

The men of Congress deny their petition. This date is still important because Women tried to fight for their rights and gain the right to vote. Although, their plan did not work, they still worked hard to gain their rights to vote.

The 15th Amendment

1870

The 15th Amendment granted African American men the right to vote, and is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution. This Amendment stated that "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." The 15th Amendment is significant because it says that everyone deserves to vote regardless of your race , and color.

19th Amendment

May 19, 1919

The 19th Amendment was the law that gave women the right to vote. This was significant because women worked so hard, went on strike, and protested in order to gain their rights.

Voting Rights Act of 1965

1965

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was significant because it granted citizens the right to vote. This helped people express their selves and use freedom of speech in order to vote for whoever they want. The Voting Rights Act was passed that let people vote if they were citizens. It was the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American History. Lastly, the law now appears to be on life support.