Cause and Reason for the 26th Amendment
The cause or reason for this addition to the Constitution was
the situation that arose from the
Vietnam War. 18 year-old Americans could be drafted into the
armed forces and forced to fight in the Vietnam War. But these
same young men did not have the right to vote. The movement
against the involvement of the US in the Vietnam War began with
demonstrations in 1964. Anti-war protesters included mothers,
students and hippies who adhered to the principles of love and
peace. Anti-war demonstrations increased fuelled by terrible
images in the media and the numbers of Americans killed and
injured in a war being fought on the opposite side of the world.
Students demonstrated in great numbers. It was time for change.
Direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War ended on 15
August 1973, two years after 18 year olds received the right to
26th Amendment Meaning, Explanation and Summary
The meaning of the words and
phrases in the 26th Amendment of the Constitution are explained as follows:
26th Amendment: Meaning of the Words of the Amendment
The right of citizens
of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or
older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the
United States or by any State on account of age.
Explanation & Meaning:
18-year-olds have the right to vote
of the word 'abridged' in this section means reduced. So
neither the US government, nor individual states, can
deny US citizens the right to vote based on age.
The Congress shall have power
to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Meaning: Congress has
the power to make laws to enforce this amendment
26th Amendment: Meaning
of the Words of the Twenty-sixth Amendment