No Conscription Without Representation: Voting Rights and the Constitution

Grades
Grades 9-12
30 mins
Members of the military are lined up in their uniforms in the field to vote one by one
Using the Constitution, constitutional amendments, legislation, and a Supreme Court case, students will explore the progression of voting rights in the United States with particular focus on the effort to lower the voting age to 18. Additional primary source documents from the National Archives, including photographs, video recordings, and political cartoons, will enhance student understanding of the ways in which contemporary events and public civic engagement influence their lives today.
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This Civics for All of US distance learning program is available for groups of 10 or more students free of charge. 

We are now accepting program requests through December 16, 2022. Please use the scheduling tool below to submit your program request. Registration for January–May will open January 9, 2023.

Each program will be led by one of our educators located at National Archives sites, the Center for Legislative Archives, and Presidential Libraries across the country. After submitting your program request, you will be connected to an available National Archives educator to confirm your reservation. 

We require that the requesting educator or another educator from your institution be present during the student distance learning program to observe the session and support classroom management.

Check out the teacher guide for this program for optional pre- and post program activities.

Programs are also offered as regularly scheduled interactive webinars. Registration is required, but there is no minimum attendance prerequisite.

Questions? Please email civics@nara.gov.

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