African-Americans were enslaved in this country back in the 1700's up until the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
The women's rights movement garnered strength in the 1840's but it wasn't until 1920 when women were allowed to vote nationally, after Congress passed legislation that gave women the power to let their voice be heard at the polls.
In 1941, the U.S. Government formed the Fair Employment Practices Committee to handle cases of discrimination against Latinos, after they came together and spoke loudly saying they deserve a fair opportunity just as anyone else.
The Jim Crow laws were racial segregation laws enacted in the year 1876. It mandated segregation at all public facilities in the south. It wasn't until January of 1964 when President Lyndon B. Johnson met with civil rights leaders; and it wasn't until 1965 when Jim Crow laws were finally dismantled by the Voting Rights Act.
There are many other defining moments, movements, and passed legislation that has done good for our American society which I haven't mentioned here. But hopefully I gave you a few good reasons why you should let your voice be heard and vote!
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