History of: Historical Timelines of Controversial Issues
Each ProCon.org website features a history of the issue it covers. On our "standard" sites (which take 1,500+ hours to create) we have detailed historical timelines with images and source biographies to better understand the history of those topics. Some of the historical timelines are featured below.
ACLU - History of the ACLU from 1915 to Present - Our timeline on the history of the ACLU includes events from its origins in 1915 as an organization to protect the First Amendment rights of World War I protesters and includes landmark court cases and other major events related to the organization.
DEATH PENALTY - History of the Death Penalty - Our timeline on the history of the death penalty includes events from the Code of Hammurabi in 1700s BC to states banning and legalizing capital punishment over the last several hundred years.
ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES - History of Electronic Voting Machines and Related Voting Technology - Our timeline featuring the history of voting machines spans events from Victoria, Australia being the first place to use uniform official ballots in 1856 to 2017, when the first-ever voting machine "Hackathon" revealed vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines and poll systems, and beyond.
FELON VOTING - History of Felon Voting and Disenfranchisement - Our timeline featuring the history of felon voting spans events from "civil deaths" starting in 1100 BC to the establishment of criminal disenfranchisement in the United States in 1792 to modern state laws and court rulings.
GAY MARRIAGE - History of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate - Our timeline featuring the history of the same-sex marriage debate includes entries ranging from a gay couple applying for a marriage license on May 18, 1970 to Massachusetts becoming the first state to legalize gay marriage on Nov. 18, 2003 to the 2015 US Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage to the present.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - History of Illegal Immigration to the United States - Our timeline featuring the history of illegal immigration to the United States spans events from English settlers arriving in 1607 to the opening of Ellis Island in 1892 to present day court rulings.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA - History of Marijuana as Medicine - 2900 BC to Present - Our timeline includes historical events ranging from Emperor Fu His referencing medical marijuana in ancient Chinese texts to various US states legalizing the medical use of marijuana and more.
"UNDER GOD" IN THE PLEDGE - History of the US Pledge of Allegiance & the Phrase "under God" - Our timeline covers historical events in the debate, from the 1887 campaign to promote patriotism in public schools President Eisenhower officially adding "under God" to the Pledge on June 14, 1954 to modern court rulings, legislation, and more.