Voting Rights History Notes - Voting Rights History Notes The Early Years Colonists came over from England they brought many of the English political

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Voting Rights History Notes The Early Years - Colonists came over from England, they brought many of the English political laws and customs with them. - In most of the thirteen colonies, only adult white males that owned land (usually at least 50 acres) could vote. - Many people believed that landowners were the only ones responsible enough to make political decisions ! - This left poor white men, women, American Indians, and Africans(free and slave out of the voting process. Independence and the Vote -The Framers of the Constitution couldn’t agree on who should have the right to vote. -They gave each state the power to decide what its own voting rights would be. -Over time , states dropped the requirement that voters must own property. -Some states acted faster than others. New York got rid of the property requirement in 1821. -Rhode Island did not change until 1880! African American Vote - The 15th Amendment was passed in 1870, five years after the end of the Civil War.
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