Winter 2012 - Vote

Heroes of the Struggle for Voting Rights

Winter 2012 Vote

Heroes of the Struggle for Voting Rights

The right to vote is a fundamental pillar of our democratic system. But it is worth remembering that giving meaning to the right to vote has been a long, hard struggle to which many people have devoted their lives and for which some have lost their lives throughout our history. For much of our history, the right to vote was limited to property-owning and/or taxpaying white men. Women, African Ameri-cans, American Indians, and immigrants were shut out in most parts of the country and in the Constitution, which largely left voting rights to the states.

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