History of Voting Rights

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US Constitution Adopted

1787

The US Constitution at first had made many people argue over who had the right to vote. Many people especially in southern states believed that only white males should have the right to vote.This is important to know because some people think the Constitution gave everyone the right to vote as soon as it was adopted but it did not

14th Amendment

1868

This amendment provides that all states will provide equal protection to everyone within their jurisdiction. This is important because the this amendment was made after the Civil War but African Americans never got the full rights to this Amendment

15th Amendment

1870

The 15th amendment states that voting rights in states cannot be withheld on the basis of race, color, or previous position of servitude.
(This was passed because southern states blocked the rights ) Blacks also never got their full rights to the 15th amendment

Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913

1913

The Women's Suffrage group protests the day before President Woodrow Wilson's Inauguration to "march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded".

19 Amendment

1920

19th Amendment passed in 1920 gave American Women the right to vote and run for office. This is important because this is the amendment that put an end to all of women's problems in the political situation

March on Washington

1963

was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. Many Different speakers spoke but arguably the most important name at the March was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This date was important because it was one of the events that help open the eyes of many people in the U.S.

Voting Rights Act of 1965

1965

Was the Act that stated that all no person should not be able vote based on the color of their skin. This Act was put is place particularly for African Americans. This act is important because it was the Act that put an end to all of thevoting issues that African Americans had faced

March from Selma to Montgomery

1965

The March from Selma to Montgomery AKA "Bloody Sunday" was when 600 marchers, protesting the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson and ongoing exclusion from the electoral process, were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas