Events for Democracy
Daniel Wells, Kyle Lee, Ethan Mellert, Andrew Park
Made by Andrew Park
13th amendment: Abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. The 13th amendment led to the 15th amendment.
Civil rights act of 1866: It was the first United States federal law to define US citizenship and affirmed that all citizens were equally protected by the law. It was mainly intended to protect the civil rights of African-Americans, in the wake of the American Civil War.
14th amendment: Ratified in 1868, defining national citizenship and forbidding the states to restrict the basic rights of citizens or other persons. This is related to democracy because by becoming a citizen, they gain more power and voice in the country.
15th amendment: Prohibits the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude." This allows citizens to vote, which is democracy.
17th amendment: established the election of United States Senators by the people of the states. Citizens picking the senator for the U.S. represents democracy.
19th amendment: prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. By allowing women to vote, this establishes democracy.
Pendleton Act: United States is a federal law established in 1883 that decided that government jobs should be awarded on the basis of merit instead of political affiliation. The act provided selection of government employees by competitive exams, rather than ties to politicians or political affiliation.