Universal manhood suffrage

Universal manhood suffrage - color, or previous condition of

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Universal manhood suffrage The first breakthrough in the crusade to end voting restrictions took place in the 1820s  and 1830s, when many states revised and liberalized their constitutions. During this  period, often called the "Age of the Common Man" or the "Age of Jackson," property  qualifications and religious tests that denied the right to vote to Catholics and Jews were  removed in some states.  Universal manhood suffrage  is a little misleading, because  the franchise was denied to African Americans almost everywhere.  Expansion by amendment The right to vote was extended through the amendment process. Under the Fifteenth  Amendment (1870), a person could not be denied the right to vote because of "race, 
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Unformatted text preview: color, or previous condition of servitude." In theory, this applied to all African Americans and former slaves. The long campaign for women's suffrage, which began in the 19th century with such leaders as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, culminated in the Nineteenth Amendment (1920). The only state that gave 18-year-olds the right to vote was Georgia; all other states set the age at 21. During the Vietnam War, the sentiment grew that if 18-year-olds were old enough to die for their country, they were old enough to vote. The Twenty-sixth Amendment (1971) lowered the voting age to 18....
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