Essay on Voting History In The United States of America

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Throughout American history, many minority groups have encountered significant barriers to the right to vote. Traditionally, specific populations concerned with protecting their power over others have maintained tight control over this privilege. In doing so, violations of basic human rights have occurred; state and federal governments established voting restrictions based on race. Fortunately, several methods were taken for overcoming these limitations that resulted in the voting practices used today. These recent legislations that government enacted have been to benefit voters. This research paper will go in depth with the main restrictions, laid out by either the states or the government, placed on different races in America, look at…show more content…
During the 1790’s, not too long after this country was founded, only white male, property owners, the age of 21 or older were permitted to vote (Pearson Education, 1). Unfortunately, that restricted working men, all women, and all other races from this small piece of freedom. By 1850, the government could see this limitation as a hindrance to the voting participation and eliminated property ownership and tax requirements from the qualifications to vote. As stated before, the right to vote is not directly written in the Constitution, which gave the states’ the freedom to put their own restrictions on whomever they thought should not be able to vote. On that account, in 1855, Connecticut adopted the nation’s first literacy test for voting; meaning any white man without the ability to read or write would not be able to vote. This test was implemented to discriminate against the white Irish-Catholic immigrants coming to America. Two years later, Massachusetts also implemented the same test. These literacy tests, along with poll taxes and even religious tests, were also used in other states to inhibit immigrants, some for fourteen years, before being able to vote (Pearson Education, 1). This journey for white men to gain voting freedom was not as long as some, yet it was still the universal struggle to gain the right to

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