American Democracy: The 26th Amendment, 1971

Grade Range: 3-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Date Posted: 3/26/2018

“Old enough to fight, old enough to vote” was the rallying cry for lowering the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen. A first attempt during World War II, when the draft age was lowered to eighteen, was unsuccessful but during the war in Vietnam the issue gained momentum again, led by young people themselves.