History of Voting Rights Timeline

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Women Lose all voting rights

1777 - 1807

Women didn't always have the right to vote because they were considered lower than men. They weren't allowed to vote because they were concluded as ignorant. They also didn't know much about politics. To some women were considered to be a worker not a voter people felt that they knew nothing about politics. After having a advocate for voting rights on their side like Abigail Adams. Women received the right to vote but it was taken away again in all states.

Constitutional Amendment

1804

Created in 1804, the 12th Amendment was added to the Constitution to fix the document as far as who the members of the Electoral College could vote for. At that time, electors had 2 votes; however, both votes were for President. The 12th Amendment changed that, to make things fair they created a system which made it so you were not allowed to bend the rules of voting anymore and everyone voted equally. Electors were and still are directed to vote for a President and also for a Vice-President rather than use both votes for President.

Womens Suffrage Leader

1851 - 1878

Susan B. Anthony was an advocate for equal and voting rights for women. She organized many lectures from 1851 to 1860 in Europe and America. Over time she wrote the Susan B Anthony amendment in 1878 which soon became the nineteenth amendment that gave women the right to vote.

Constitutional Amendment

1870

The 15th amendment was a constitutional amendment passed after the Civil War that guaranteed blacks the right to vote and protected this right. The amendment was especially favored by the Republican Party, since the votes of the freed slaves helped that party dominate national politics in the years after the war.

15th Amendment for Blacks

1870

In the 1870s the 15th amendment was created toprotect everyones rights, included the African Americans. But that was not shown through the whites actions. They still felt that the Blacks had no right to vote and would threaten, harrass, and make it hard for them to actually vote leading to not many blacks vote.

Womens Suffrage Parade

1913

The march and the attention it attracted were important in advancing women's suffrage in the United States. The women had done many protest but the parade was a organized movement they used. The women involved were not protected by the police and harrased but leaders like Alice Paul stood as strong adovcates to keep the women in order.

Poll Taxes Affect on Blacks

1930

Poll taxes were intially created to impose a tax on the Chinese With African Americans not really being able to afford much the Whites knew it would be a set back if they put in place a law making that you had to pay to vote.

Affirmative Action

1961

An action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, in relation to employment or education; positive discrimination against groups of color, gender, sexual orientation. It was signed and approved by JFK.