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  • North Carolina Constitution

    North Carolina Constitution
    Before North Carolina was a state, it followed the British Law. The Carolina Charter of 1663 was what the citizens of North Carolija considered their Constitution, which established their rights, but London violates them. The North Carolina Constitution of 1776 was made to structure the government and make sure that the citizens rights were not violated again. This is significant because it gave North Carolina their freedom from British rule. It led to the separation of powers for democracy.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    This was the first convention in the United Stated that was about women's rights. This convention was held to fight for the women's social, civil, and religious rights in New York. This is significant because it led to giving women the right to vote. The women at the convention were able to express themselves freely without being scared. It led to expansion of democracy because it was finally giving women the women that they deserved, and making them a little more equal to men.
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    This amendment gave people the power to vote no matter race, color, or whether they had been a slave in the past. This amendment's goal was mainly to give African Americans the right to vote. This amendment is significant because it ensured that there would be equality for all men. Before this amendment was passed, no African American could vote. It has caused an expansion to democracy because the people all have a say no matter their race or color. It is also our responsibility to vote.
  • Jim Crow Law

    Jim Crow Law
    This law went against the 15th Amendment, which gave African Americans the right to vote. This was a state and local law that was for racial segregation in the South. Federal troops were no loner there, so African Americans were not protected anymore, and the grandfather clause basically stated that anyone who had a grandfather that was allowed to vote before the civil war, could continue voting. This is significant because it proves how bad they were treated and how their rights were violated.
  • 17th Amendment

    17th Amendment
    The legislature of each state would vote for a United States senator, but often, the two houses of the states would disagree and leave seats open. To solve problems like these, the 17th Amendment was made so that the people could directly vote for a senator. It is significant because it gave the citizens the power to vote for a senator that they prefer, rather than the state voting on behalf of the people. It also helped reduce conflict between the houses of the state. It allowed all seats in
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    Women had never been given the right to vote because it was believed that politics was more for men.This amendment made sure that everyone could vote, no matter their sex. It is significant because now women are allowed to vote, and it is not just something that men are allowed to do. As a citizen everyone should have the right to vote for who they want to represent our country. Someones sex should not determine whether or not they can do something. Democracy expanded because all citizens have
  • Indian Citizenship Act

    Indian Citizenship Act
    Native Americans had to have half or less of Indian blood in them so that they could get citizenship. Native American women began marrying American men, so that they could become a citizen, and Native American in World War I were also granted citizen ship. This is significant because Native American were starting to be granted citizenship. This was governed by state law, but the right to vote was not always given. Democracy expanded because more people were becoming citizens.
  • 23rd Amendment

    23rd Amendment
    Before this amendment was passed, the District of Columbia (D.C) was not allowed to vote in national elections because it was not a state. This amendment gave citizens of D.C. the right to vote, however, it did not make Washington D.C. a state. This is significant because there had been residents that were not allowed to vote because where they lived was not a state. The residents also did not have a local government, so after this was passed, they were able to vote for one.
  • 24th Amendment

    24th Amendment
    Southerners were trying to make it impossible for African Americans to vote. They made poll taxes, which charged them fees to vote. This is significant because the 15th Amendment prohibited discrimination against African Americans, but there were still people who did not like this so they attempted to make them pay. This amendment made it illegal for anyone to be charged when voting. It expanded democracy because it gave everyone equal rights to vote without having to be charged.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Voting Rights Act of 1965
    This was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, hoping to overcome state and local barriers that did not allow African Americans to vote. In order to vote, African Americans had to pay poll taxes, or take literacy test. This is significant because it shows how bad the African Americans were treated. Although the 15th Amendment gave them the right to vote, they were still having to pay fees, or take test.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th Amendment
    During this time, men between 18-21 years old had the opportunity to fight for their country by joining the military, but they were not allowed to vote. This amendment was made so that the voting age could be lowered from 21 to 18 years old. It is significant because it gave the young men who were fighting for our country, the right to vote. It was not fair that they would go out and risk their lives, but were not allowed to vote. This amendment gave us the right to vote at age 18. It expanded