Who can vote today looked a lot different from those who could vote when the United States was first founded. This video covers the history of voting rights, including women's suffrage, Black disenfranchisement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the various methods American voters can cast their ballots today.

The History of U.S. Voting Rights

Social Studies


Explain how voting rights are protected by the 15th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, and 26th amendments.


Analyze how rights were denied to African Americans or Blacks through Jim Crow laws, Plessy v. Ferguson, disenfranchisement, and racial violence, including the 1906 Atlanta Riot.


Identify how amendments extend the right to vote.