The Expansion of Suffrage

  • American Equal Rights Association

    American Equal Rights Association
    Susan B. Anthony HouseAn association made by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This association came out of the two women's rights leaders' push to make voting legal for everyone, including women.
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    Voting AmendmentsThe 15th Amendment was passed by Congress on February 26th,1869. It was ratified by the states and supposed to be enacted on February 3rd, 1870. The amendment let newly-freed slavemen (not women) vote. Many states resisted acknowledging the amendment, though.
  • Women's Suffrage Movement split

    Women's Suffrage Movement split
    Susan B. Anthony House
    When the women's suffrage movement split into two, with the American Equal Rights Association focusing on amending the Constitution and the American Women Suffrage Movement focused on getting the vote on a state basis.
  • Wyoming Gives Franchise to Women

    Wyoming Gives Franchise to Women
    WOW MuseumIn 1869 Wyoming granted the franchise to women at the age of 21 years or older. After, Susan B. Anthony urged women from the East to migrate to Wyoming, or as she called it, "The Land of Freedom". Wyoming was the first of many states who gave the franchise to women.
  • United States v. Susan B. Anthony

    United States v. Susan B. Anthony
    Susan B. Anthony and other suffragettes were arrested for voting. They brought their case to the Supreme Court and argued because women were citizens they should have the same rights as men. The Supreme Court ruled that just because you are a citizen doesn't mean you have the right to vote.
    (Source: We the People textbook)
  • Dawes Act

    Dawes Act
    US DocumentsThe Act that extended citizenship to Native Americans in hope that they would become more 'white' and leave their culture. The Act gave Indians land (though unsuitable for farming) And split up the tribes.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    Voting Amendments
    The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. It was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919. It was ratified by the states and enacted on August 18, 1920.
    “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
    ― Susan B. Anthony
  • Indian Citizenship Act

    Indian Citizenship Act
    This act gave the franchise to Native Americans that had been born in the United States. This was a step forward for rights regarding other races.
  • 24th Amendment

    24th Amendment
    This act prohibited states from preventing any citizen to vote because they couldn't pay the poll tax or any other kind of tax. This made voting easier for the less wealthy.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Voting Rights Act of 1965
    This act prohibited discrimination against minorities whilst voting by abolishing voting requirements like literacy tests that prevented many minorities from voting.
    It was later amended to state that no one aged 18 and older could be denied the right to vote.
    (Source: We the People textbook)
  • Katzenbach v. Morgan

    Katzenbach v. Morgan
    Supreme Court casesThe Supreme Court case in which Congress' authority to ban voter literacy tests was questioned. The Court ruled that it was in the Congress' authority.
  • Oregon v. Mitchell

    Oregon v. Mitchell
    Supreme Court casesThe case that challenged the government's power to control the minimum voting age. This case, among other things, inspired the birth of the 26th amendment.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th Amendment
    Voting AmendmentsThe Vietnam War had made a lot of people, and Congress, think about how the government was sending off young men and women to fight and possibly die in war, but those same people couldn't vote. This, among other things, inspired the 26th Amendment. The 26th Amendment gave US citizens of the age 18 and older the right to vote. Congress passed the amendment on March 23rd, 1971.