In honor of Inauguration Day, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the folks at eLocal produced an interesting, evocative Infographic video about the history of voting rights in this country. It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when even white men were restricted from the ballot box–the ones who were poor, that is. The video follows how far we have come in the 237 years since independence, showing progress by state and demographic group.
This is a great resource for the classroom to show the big picture of American democracy, and to discuss where we need to go in the future.
Enjoy, and make sure to watch the Inauguration on Monday…even if you voted for the other guy. The process of government is what makes us great, not the people in it.