The Right to Vote: Part 1

The Early Republic through the Civil War


Stump Speaking

Who could vote in the founding and Jacksonian eras?

Scroll through to view the exhibition (above). Recorded readings of select components in the exhibition are available by clicking “unmute background audio” when prompted.

The Right to Vote Resource Suite


Read scholarly perspectives on the history of voting rights through essays geared to high school students

Lesson Plans

Learn how individuals and groups attempted to expand access to the vote in "Taking a Stand for Voting Rights: Six States, Six Stories, One Goal."

Digital Exhibitions

Explore our four-part digital exhibition on the history of voting rights, which includes audiovisual elements and interactive maps