Universal manhood suffrage

Universal manhood suffrage

Universal manhood suffrage is a form of voting rights in which all adult males within a nation are allowed to vote, regardless of income, property, religion, race, or any other qualification.

This process of voting helped empower rising American leaders like Andrew Jackson to Presidency as poorer, frontier citizens felt better represented. Early 20th century universal manhood suffrage was the norm in most western countries. As women began to win the right to vote it was replaced by universal suffrage.

Universal manhood suffrage was also used as an electoral form of voting for government by the Germans in WWI and WWII. This was used most probably after the rise of the Weimar Republiic, after the Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated and lived in exile in the Netherlands, leaving Germany in the hands of those whose time in governemnt was swarmed with political unrest and cultural liberation.

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