Depend upon it, We know better than to repeal our masculine systems. We have only the Name of masters, and rather than give up this [woman suffrage], which would compleatly subject Us to the despotism of the peticoat, I hope General Washington, and all our brave heroes would fight." Between the first Continental Congress in 1776 and adoption of the U. Constitution in 1787 the former colonies evolved into states, some of which barred Jews, Quakers, Catholics, and other "heretics," from voting or holding office.
The 1778 Constitution of South Carolina, for example, stated that "Every person who shall be chosen a member of either house, or appointed to any office or place of trust, before taking his seat, or entering upon the execution of his office, shall ...
But all of those laws and court cases were the direct result of popular struggles and mass political pressure.
In part, this brief timeline describes an American history of oppression, persecution, and discrimination in regards to voting rights.
In all of these cases those affected were not passive victims rather they fought back with whatever means they had.
Resistance begins immediately with intermittent slave uprisings and frequent escapes.
Often the escaped slaves join Indian tribes who fight to defend tribal homelands against white encroachment and expansion of the slave system.
By some estimates, the percentage of the population eligible to vote in the presidential election of 1800 is no more than 10%.