Beginning in thelate 1960’s Americans were inundated with violent images and T.V broadcasts ofyoung Americans fighting in Vietnam for the first time since the war began.

Asthe images grew more violent and the war prolonged far past what the Americangovernment had announced, Americans became very frustrated. The war becamewidely unpopular amongst American citizens for not only had it continued and becameevident that there was no American interest connected to the war, youngsoldiers were being forced into a war that they did not even have the right tovote against. As of 1965, when the war began, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 stated that one must be twenty-one yearsof age to participate in federal elections; however, during World War II,President Franklin D. Roosevelt had extended the age of the military draft toeighteen. The actions taken by President Roosevelt, The Voting Rights Act of1965, and the unfair treatment of the Vietnam War provide the historicalsetting that led to the passage of the 26th Amendment.

 

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