History of Voting Rights

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U.S. Constitution

1787

Ratified in 1789. The adoption of the US constitution contains further debates of who should be allowed to vote, specifically in the slave states. Since the Constitutional Convention could not agree upon a national voting system they left it in the hands on individual states which caused a corrupted system of states ultimately choosing groups of people that had the right to vote.

Woman's Rights Convention

1848

The first Women's Convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY. The convention is used to gain more attention in the movement of women's suffrage. They gain a few male supporters and begin their fight for rights with petitions, marches, and protests.

14th Amendment

1867

This amendment extended the right of citizenship to black males however, women were excluded from this right of citizenship in regards to voting.

15th Amendment

February 3, 1870

This Amendment prohibited states from and federal government from using a citizen's race as a qualification for voting.

19th Amendment

1920

This amendment extended voting rights to women after 72 years of fighting for their rights.

Selma to Montgomery March

March, 1965

Also known as "Bloody Sunday", Jimmie Lee Jackson was killed during the protest and they start marching across the bridge, lead by John Lewis.

Voting Rights Act

August, 1965

Gave African Americans the full right to vote.