The Nineteenth Amendment grants women the right to vote. The Twenty-Third Amendment gives the citizens of the District of Columbia the right to vote for president and vice president. The Twenty-Fourth Amendment bans the use of poll tax for National elections. The Supreme court later ruled that poll tax was unjust for state elections as well. The Twenty-Sixth Amendment lowered the voting age to 18 in all
It goes all the way to the voting polls. Prior to 1965, when African-Americans wanted to vote they had to pass, what many now say was an impossible literacy test and if they did there was chance that they could denied the right to vote based prejudice. "Finally, the bill made obstructing an individual’s right to vote a federal crime. On May 26, 1965, the Senate passed the Voting Rights Act by a vote of 77 to 19"(U.S. House of Representatives). The Voting Rights Act of 1965 did away with the literacy and ensure that African Americans would be able to not only to register to vote but also be permitted into the buildings where voting took place.
By looking at past events, both successes and failures, understanding and recognizing the path to equality will bring light upon the issues that have taken place in the United States. Key political events, demonstrations and protests, and war efforts that have occurred from 1890 to today will be highlighted. As the United States began to form a universal law and division of powers, the rights of women were defined quickly. The interpretation of the early Constitution did not include women, such as the ratification of the 14th Amendment in 1868, where voters were defined as men in the Amendment. The intention of this amendment was to ensure all citizens had their voice heard in elections, but this didn’t include women.
This includes slaves, which is why it was so important in 1868 after the Civil War. But today, it also defines citizenship in immigrants and gives them the right to live and work in the US. If we didn’t have this amendment, we would not be able to experience the cultures of other countries, and we would not be known as “the melting pot” of culture we are today. With the power of the Fourteenth Amendment, we can define what makes a citizen, prevent anyone who took an oath against or conspired against the United States from holding any position of office in out government, allow states to make and change laws if necessary, and ensure that citizen cannot have the right to “life, liberty, and property” taken away from them without due
Women in society were and are treated like second class citizens, and for women, it’s time to be aware of this epidemic. There are numerous reasons why I feel so passionate and drawn to this controversy. Women have suffered for centuries trying to be respected in the eyes of society and men, but the people who’s had and still do have rough time is African American women. As a young African American woman, I find myself addicted to the truth and the hidden flaws behind the women’s suffrage movement. I want to further research on the first women suffrage movement to find out why was it ever okay to exclude black women and working class women.
Woman suffrage was a rough time for woman. They proved in many ways, to men and the government, that they were capable of having the responsibility to vote. Except, no one seemed to care and thought that they were not ready. Allowing women to vote is a right because otherwise it would be considered oppression, women are just as capable as men to vote, and they will help improve the government. First of all, if women were not granted the right to vote, it would be considered oppression.
Prior to the passage of the amendments, the African American slaves were discriminated against because of their race because the white men believed that they were superior to them due to the idea of Social Darwinism. In this policy, the white men thought that they were more evolved than the African Americans. The discrimination continued after the ratification in the institution of Jim Crow laws (legalized with Plessy v Ferguson) in the south which advocated for separate but “equal” treatment for the freedmen. The freedmen also were faced with racial violence through the actions of the newly formed Ku Klux Klan who tried to further their racist goals through intimidation. Racial discrimination did not end following the ratification of the new
This came in between the women’s rights movement. Due to many issues of voting rights being discussed people had thought that this was the chance to push lawmakers for voting equality but instead, the opposite happened and the lawmakers refused to support the 15th Amendment, which guarantees black men the right to vote (“The Fight for Women’s Suffrage”). One of the reasons the lawmakers had refused to support the 15th Amendment was because they believed white women’s votes could be used to balance the votes casted by African Americans (“The Fight for Women’s Suffrage”). Alongside with the issue of the 15th Amendment, violent protests had begun which continued to setback the movement. Many years later in 1910, a protest in Parliament Square turned violent and even caused police to beat suffragettes.
Women’s’ Suffrage in Latin America (1900-1945) Women in Latin America were viewed as the stereotypical housewives, as their only duty was to take care of their household and children. Their purpose in life was to direct man on the path of virtue and purify his soul with love. Latin men viewed women as the weaker sex. This was all due to the effect of Spanish colonialism of how men viewed women in Latin America. Under the Catholic Church rule, women had to be pure and accept the life that was chosen and given to them just like the Virgin Mary .
Historically speaking, except for a short time during reconstruction, African Americans in the South were denied basic political and economic rights. As a result of Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign in Selma, Alabama, the Voting Rights act of 1965 was passed. This act meant that literacy test, test used for voting discrimination against African Americans, were removed from voting requirements, as well as the poll tax, another tool used to keep African Americans from voting. Because of this, the percentage of black adults who registered to vote nearly doubled between 1964 and 1966. The ultimate goal of the movement was to achieve equality, and once African Americans were granted basic political rights, and could vote and participate in politics, their economic and social conditions would also slowly become better.