Western New York Suffragists: Winning the Vote

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

13th Amendment
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." From the Constitution of the United States of America, ratified December 1865.

14th Amendment
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United Sates and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." From the Constitution of the United States of America, ratified in 1868. This amendment was written to give former slaves the same rights as other Americans. Since then, it has been used broadly to guarantee everyone the same rights under the law.

15th Amendment
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." From the Constitution of the United States of America, ratified February 1870.

18th Amendment
"... the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited." From the Constitution of the United States of America, ratified January 1919.

19th Amendment
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." From the Constitution of the United States of America, ratified August 1920.

21st Amendment
In 1933, the 21st Amendment cancelled the 18th Amendment.

 

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