Timeline created by bsayyed
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Indepndence is a statement written by Thomas Jefferson. It was written to announce and explain seperation from Great Britain. This lead to a union that would later become The United States of America.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    This was a convention to discuss social, civil, and rights of women. this was a start in the reform of womens rights.
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    the 13th amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. this was the start of creating equality for colored people.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    this granted American citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the United States. it expanded the protection of civil rights to all americans including african americans.
  • 15th amendment

    15th amendment
    the 15th amendment prohibited state and federal governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on "race, color, or previous servitude." this was an accomplishment for colored people but women still couldn't vote.
  • Colorado becomes first state to grant women the right to vote

    Colorado becomes first state to grant women the right to vote
    Colorado was the first state where the men voted to give women the right to vote. This helped lead to many other states give women the right to vote.
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Plessy vs. Ferguson is a critical case in American history. it upheld the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine "Seperate but equal." This legitimized segregation.
  • NAACP is founded

    NAACP is founded
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is an African-American civil rights organization. It's main goals were to equal rights and eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    this amendment prohibited any U.S citizen being denied the right to vote based on sex. This was part of the suffrage movement.
  • Executive Order 10450

    Executive Order 10450
    This order revoked President Truman's 1947 Executive Order 9835 and dismantled its Loyalty Review Board program. This prohibited the employment of gays and lesbians in the federal government.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    Brown vs. Board of Education
    Brown vs. Board of Education was a crucial supreme court case. It declared state laws for seperate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.
  • One, Inc v. Olesen

    One, Inc v. Olesen
    This supreme court case regarded rights for LBGT. This was the first time the supreme court ruled in favor of homosexuals.
  • Illinois becomes first state to repeal its sodomy laws

    Illinois becomes first state to repeal its sodomy laws
    Illinois adopted the recommendations of the Model Penal Code and thus became the first state to remove criminal penalties for consensual sodomy from its criminal code. This was an improvement for LBGT equality.
  • 24th Amendment

    24th Amendment
    this both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of poll tax. This helped gain civil rights for the poor who couldn't pay to vote for which leader they wanted.
  • Civil Rights Act 1964

    Civil Rights Act 1964
    This law outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace, and facilities that served the general public.
  • Voting Rights Act 1965

    Voting Rights Act 1965
    This law prohibited discrimination in voting. it is considered one of the most effective pieces of civil rights legislation ever enacted in the United States.
  • Stonewall Inn riots

    Stonewall Inn riots
    these were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community. They are widely considered to constitute the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights in the United States.
  • Title IX

    Title IX
    this law stated that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This brought more equality to women.
  • APA removes homosexuality as a mental disorder

    APA removes homosexuality as a mental disorder
    Before this, people thought homosexuality was a mental disorder. In the 20th century scientists did research and found no evidence of this claim.
  • Don't Ask Don't Tell

    Don't Ask Don't Tell
    This was an official United States policy on service by gays and lesbians in the military. The policy prohibited the military from discriminating gays and lesbians as long as they don't know.
  • Defense of Marriage Act

    Defense of Marriage Act
    This is a united states federal law that allows states to refuse to recognize same sex marriages. It's significant to the civil rights of gays and lesbians, not allowing them to marry in some states.
  • Massachusetts legalizes gay marriage

    Massachusetts legalizes gay marriage
    In the case of Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, Massachusetts supreme judicial court ruled it was unconstitutional to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry. This was a push to equality for LGBT
  • Don't Ask Don't Tell is repealed

    Don't Ask Don't Tell is repealed
    This Act ended the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. This allowed for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces.