Let us vote: Youth voting rights and the 26th Amendment

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Presented by Jennifer Frost

Lectures, talks and seminars

14 Aug 2020 12:10 pm to 14 Aug 2020 1:30 pm

Old Kirk 406 (F L W Wood Seminar Room)

How did American youth get the vote in 1971?

The youth vote is vitally important in our 21st century world, but winning the right to vote for 18-20 year old Americans in 1971 was not easy or inevitable.

Based on a forthcoming book, this presentation outlines the successful campaign for the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 50th anniversary of this historic achievement is coming up in a year, and University of Auckland's Associate Professor Jennifer Frost aims to bring attention and appreciation to how tens of millions of young Americans won the right to vote.

Over a thirty-year period from World War II to the “turn of the seventies,” Americans, old and young, Democrat and Republican, in politics and culture built a movement and momentum for the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment lowered the voting age to eighteen across the nation and was the last time that the United States expanded voting rights.

For more information contact: Alexander Maxwell

Speaker Bios

Jennifer Frost is Associate Professor of History at the University of Auckland. This talk is based on her forthcoming book about the passage of the 26th Amendment in 1971.