Voting Rights Movement In America

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The veritable beginning of democracy in the United States can be traced to American Civil War. The Civil war ended in a victory of northern side, and three Amendments were established which were the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. The 13th Amendment repealed slavery and forced labor, the 14th Amendment defined that all people including African Americans born or naturalized in the United States were American citizens, and the 15th Amendment forbad governments from denying them the right of voting on the basis of race, color or past condition of servitude. Were the three Amendments valid and applied equitably to all? The answer to this question is No. Then, did the American political system with the three Amendments eventually discount excluded…show more content…
First, some people may have different opinions about my argument. Until the ratification of the 19th Amendment, women could play limited roles in the society of United States, and there was nothing women could do politically and legally; men did not easily grant women any rights. Furthermore, it could be claimed that the adoption of the 19th Amendment was not because of the efforts and struggles of women to gain the voting rights, but because of the efforts of the government to have the support of the women during World War 1. Also, the 15th Amendment was useless which did not safeguard the African American people, and they had been suppressed for nearly 100 years. When you look at these areas, the voting right movements demonstrated that just how favorable the political system was for the advocates of the status quo and how long it took to reform. However, the people, who were excluded, were eventually able to get the voting rights irrespective of sex or ethnicity, and this result could be the beginning for anyone else. South Korea was one of them. South Korea took the United States as its role model and began as a stepping stone to democracy with the rights to vote that should be given out in all genders. It became so fundamental and natural to South Korea. On May 10, 1948, South Korea elected officials in the first democratic way in the election of a constitutional assembly. Then, South Korea was officially launched as a democratic country on August 15, 1948, through free elections. The election of the constitutional assembly representative should be an equivalent for people over the age of 21, regardless of gender, property, or social class. It was the first universal suffrage in South Korean history to be given the voting rights. This history clearly showed that South Korea became a democratic
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