Civil And Equal Rights Essay

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The United States has reconstructed over the past several decades in order to address the several issues that plague a large portion of its population. Women and African Americans alike, have a long history of being oppressed by the prejudice societal values established by the United States of America, prompting individuals to bring about change themselves rather than wait for governmental action. The lower and working class citizens of the United States also have taken upon themselves to bring about reforms to better improve their working conditions and livelihoods, due in part to the US government’s inability to take action themselves. From 1877 to 1980, individuals who pertained to minority groups, such as women and African Americans, had …show more content…
Women and African Americans through peaceful tactics such as the Woman Movement and Children’s Crusade, were more successful in their individual efforts to solve the issues of Civil and equal rights in the United States, than the efforts made by the United States government. Starting in 1884, Women established the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) to garner rights such as the right to vote (Norton, 524). The National American …show more content…
Senators of the US government rather than join forces with the Woman’s movement, chose to undermine the amendment proposition, claiming that “suffrage would interfere with the women’s family obligations.” Though the amendment was undermined heavily by congress, eleven states between 1870 and 1910 legalized limited woman suffrage (Norton 525). The limited woman suffrage allowed women to vote in matters such as school issues as well as issues pertaining to taxes and bonds. The ability for women to vote in limited fields proved to the nation the capacity and responsibility for change that women imposed. The continuous efforts of Suffragists through persistent letter-writing, publication of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, meetings with government officials and marches, garnered women limited voting rights by 1912 (Norton, 556). In the west, women garnered the right to vote in the state and local

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