In recognition of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, an all-volunteer team from the WV Women Vote Coalition of Morgantown has created a 20 part series to illustrate important events in the history of WV and the USA as they relate to voting. The videos are released weekly on the Morgantown NOW Facebook page on “Timeline Tuesdays”!
The first video in the series acts as an introduction, and focuses on voting rights and restrictions in the first election after the formation of our country.
Video 2 focuses on how the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention set the stage for the fight for women’s voting rights.
Video 3 helps bring to life the debate and the arguments of the 1851 Virginia Constitutional Convention that led to all white males in Virginia getting the vote regardless of wealth.
Video 4 is the first West Virginia-specific timeline event, telling us all about the first legislative attempt at women’s suffrage in WV.
Video 5 describes the role Wyoming played in voting rights.
Video 6 discusses the 15h Amendment and how it changed voting rights in the USA.
Video 7 tells us about the beginnings of West Virginia’s struggle for the vote for women.
Video 8 focuses on the suffrage movement in West Virginia and the 10+ years of struggle attempting to gain statewide women’s voting rights.
Video 9 discusses one of the most dramatic periods in the national fight for women’s votes. Do you know how the senators and congressmen from WV voted on the 19th Amendment?
Video 10 gives us the run-down on the fascinating story of how WV ratified the 19th Amendment.
Video 11 explains what happened after the 19th amendment was enacted, and who was actually able to vote.
Video 12 describes how the first presidential election after the ratification of the 19th Amendment went. Did women actually get the vote?
Video 13 discusses the complex evolution of voting rights for Native Americans.
Video 14 provides a run-down of the complexities of US immigration policy and how that has impacted who is eligible for citizenship and thus voting rights.
Video 15 brings us the history around the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Learn more about voter suppression and how it continues today.
Video 16 offers some of the facts around what was involved when West Virginia lowered the voting age to 18.
Video 17 – Check out this take on the 1993 Motor Voter Act!