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Independence day

1776

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

Abigail Adams

1776

Abigail Adams asks the Continental Congress to support women's rights.Her husband John Adams ridicules her request and vows to fight.

Women lose the right to vote

1777 - 1807

Women lost there right to vote in some states such as New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. But, after 1807 no states allowed women to vote.

U.S. Constitution Adopted.

1787

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. The Federal government determines who can be citizens have the right to vote.

Women's Suffrage Movement.

1848 - 1920

It demands that women be granted all rights as full citizens including the right to vote.For the next 72 years women — and some male supporters — speak out, petition, protest, and march for the right to vote.

15 Amendment

1870

gave blacks the right to vote

Constitution Amendment 19

1920

After 72 yearswomen finally win the right to vote discrimination against women candidates and office-holders continues for decades.

26th Amendment

1970

Made it possible for people to vote 18 and the voting age is lowered to equal the draft age.

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