With inspiring bravery and determination, people of the world have demanded the right to have their voices heard. We record and highlight key events in the journey through the ages to the creation of democracies intertwined with political activism and inequalities in this dynamic visual timeline that captures the intersections of expressing political views within various cultural, political, and artistic contexts.

You can navigate the timeline by dragging the viewfinder at the bottom of the timeline. You can also click anywhere in the time scale at the bottom to jump quickly to that point in time.;xNLx;;xNLx;The events on this timeline have been divided into the following categories: World History, The Right to Vote, Political Leaders, Political Action, Effect of Technology, and Utah History. Each category has its own color. For further information (including videos and images) about a particular event, click the 'more' button.

FDR and the Magna Carta

"The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history . . . It was written in Magna Carta." --Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1941 Inaugural address

The Magna Carta

Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. It is concerned with many practical matters and specific grievances relevant to the feudal system under which they lived. The interests of the common man were hardly apparent in the minds of the men who brokered the agreement. But there are two principles expressed in Magna Carta that resonate to this day: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers and by the law of the land." "To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice."

1297 Magna Carta.

On display at the National Archives, courtesy of David M. Rubenstein, is one of four surviving originals of the 1297 Magna Carta. This version was entered into the official Statute Rolls of England.

Magna Carta - Inspiration for Americans

During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution ("no person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.") is a direct descendant of Magna Carta's guarantee of proceedings according to the "law of the land."

Utah Receives a 6th Electoral Vote

Utah votes in the 2012 presidential election with a 6th electoral vote.

Utah's First Presidential Election

Utah votes for the first time in the US presidential election. Utah voted Democrat. Utah was allotted 3 electoral votes.

Utah Receives a 4th Electoral Vote

Utah votes with a 4th electoral vote in the presidential election.

Utah Receives a 5th Electoral Vote

Utah votes in the1984 presidential election with 5 electoral votes.

Utah Votes Democrat, More than Once!

Utahans voted for Democrat Franklin Roosevelt four times (1932 through 1944) and for his successor Harry S. Truman in 1948.

Utah Women's Suffrage Movement

Women's Suffrage--the right of women to vote--was won twice in Utah. It was granted first in 1870 by the territorial legislature but revoked by Congress in 1887 as part of a national effort to rid the territory of polygamy. It was restored in 1895, when the right to vote and hold office was written into the constitution of the new state.

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