5 Stages of Suffrage Expansion United States

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In History
  • States decide who can vote

    States decide who can vote
    An event for stage 1) No federal voting standard—states decide who can vote U.S. Constitution adopted. Because there is no agreement on a national standard for voting rights, states are given the power to regulate their own voting laws. In most cases, voting remains in the hands of white male landowners.
  • Stage 1.

    More white males that own property could vote. Property was dissapearing by the mid 1800's.
  • Voter qualifications, late 1700's

    Rich, white men who own property could vote.
  • The first presidental election

    An event for stage 1) The first presidential election is held, electing George Washington by unanimous vote of the country’s “electors,” a group of mostly white male landowners.
  • Naturalization Law passed

    An event for stage 1) Naturalization Law passed. It explicitly states that only “free white” immigrants can become naturalized citizens.
  • voter qualification, early 1800's

    Having to own property was being dropped so all white men could vote but no African Americans or women.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    An event with stage 3) The Seneca Falls Convention was an early and influential women's rights convention, the first to be organized by women in the Western world, in Seneca Falls, New York, July 19–20, 1848. It was planned by local New York women upon the occasion of a visit by Philadelphia-based Lucretia Mott, a Quaker famous for her orating ability, a skill rarely cultivated by American women at the time.
  • National Womens rights convention

    An event for stage 3) The National Women's Rights Convention was an annual series of meetings that increased the visibility of the early women's rights movement in the United States. First held in Worcester, Massachusetts, the National Women's Rights Convention combined both male and female leadership, and attracted a wide base of support including temperance advocates and abolitionists. Speeches were given on the subjects of equal wages, expanded education and career opportunities, women.
  • Literacy Tests

    Literacy Tests
    Literacy tests were required to see the persons ability to read or write. You had to pass these tests in order to be allowed to vote. Usually whites were asked easer questions and African Americans were asked complex questions.
  • Stage 2.

    African Americans gained the right to vote according to the constitution, when the 15th amendment was passed.
  • voter qualification, mid 1800's

    White men, and African American men were aloud to vote at this time. But the African Americans were not free because of poll taxes, literacy tests, etc that prevented voting, even though they were legally allowed.
  • Poll Taxes

    Poll Taxes
    A poll tax is a tax you had to pay to vote. A lot of African Americans could not afford these at the time. Poll taxes were used to discourage African Americans to vote.
  • Godfather Clauses

    These stated that any white man, or whose male descendants who voted in the state before the adoption of the 15th amendment could vote freely without taking a literacy test or paying poll taxes. This obviously proving that it was way easier for white men to vote than African Americans.
  • voter qualification, early 1900's

    women were gained the right to vote. So at this time, white men and women could vote and African Americans could "legally" vote.
  • Susan Brownell Anthony compaign

    Susan Brownell Anthony was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement to introduce women's suffrage into the United States. She was co-founder of the first Women's Temperance Movement with Elizabeth Cady Stanton as President.She also co-founded the women's rights journal, The Revolution. She traveled the United States and Europe, and averaged 75 to 100 speeches per year.
  • Stage 3.

    Women gained the right to vote by ratification of the 19th amendment.
  • Black Power Movement

    Black Power Movement
    An event for stage 2)Black Power is a political slogan and a name for various associated ideologies aimed at achieving self-determination for people of African descent. It is used in the movement among people of Black African descent throughout the world, though primarily by African Americans in the United States. The movement was emphasizing racial pride and the creation of black political and cultural institutions to nurture and promote black collective interests.
  • Montgumery Bus Boycott

    Montgumery Bus Boycott
    An event for stage 2) The Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal episode in the U.S. civil rights movement, was a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign lasted from December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person, to December 20, 1956.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    An event for stage 5) Boys at the age of 18 were being drafted. They could fight but couldnt vote and people had a problem with it.
  • Tactics used by suffrages to gain the right to vote; early civil rights legislation

    One duty is to inquire into claims of voter discrimination. The act also gave the attorny general the power to seek federal court orders to prevent interference with any person's right to vote in any federal election.
  • Tactic used by suffrages to get the right to vote: 1.

    The Civil Rights Act- outlaws discrimination in several areas. forbids the use of any voter registration or literacy requirments. Mr. King and his supporters hoped that they could focus national attention on the issue of African American voting rights.Many civil rights workers were beaten, and killed, the nation saw much of the drama.
  • Stage 4.

    African Americans gained the right to vote freely.
  • Tactics used by suffrage to get the right to vote; The voting rights act

    Tactics used by suffrage to get the right to vote; The voting rights act
    This act made the 15th amendment a truly effective part of the constitution. It applied to all elections held anywhere in the country. Made it equal for everyone to vote.
  • March from Selma to Montgomery

    March from Selma to Montgomery
    An event for stage 2) For African American voter rights.The first march took place on March 7, 1965. "Bloody Sunday" when 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas. The second march, the following Tuesday, resulted in 2,500 protesters turning around after crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge.The third march started March 16. The marchers averaged 10 miles
  • voter qualifications, mid 1900's

    African Americans, men and women, actually got the freedom to vote. Also white, men and women.
  • voter qualification, late1900's

    Anyone 18-older got the right to vote. White men and women and African American men and women have the right to vote. If you are a US citizen and registered.
  • Edward M. Kennedy

    Edward M. Kennedy
    An event for stage 5)Senator Kennedy argued that it was wrong that young Americans could be drafted to serve in Vietnam, but could not vote. Sensing an overwhelming amount of support in Congress for giving 18 year-olds the right to vote in federal, state and local elections, Senator Kennedy took the battle to the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments. With his support it passed and millions of young people have been able to take part our nation’s political process as a result.
  • Stage 5.

    anyone ages 18-older had the right to vote. In response to the anti-war movement, the 26th amendment was passed.
  • 26th Amendment

    An event for stage 5)The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution barred the states or federal government from setting a voting age higher than eighteen. It was adopted in response to student activism against the Vietnam War and to partially overrule the Supreme Court's decision in Oregon v. Mitchell.