15th Amendment

It is highly unlikely that there is anyone living that remembers a time when African Americans were not allowed to vote. This has been a long time ago so the younger generations may not even think about this. True it was a long time ago but it changed a lot of things in America. The 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote.

15th amendmentThe 15th Amendment is quoted by saying that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” That was a great day for African Americans and every other race as well. There were also further steps taken for the cause of black suffrage by the Radical Republican Congress. The 15th Amendment was one of the biggest wins for African Americans.

Even after the amendment was passed there were still some people that were holding out. There were in fact 16 loyal Union states that were still denying black suffrage. The amendment was actually fought by feminists as well since it did not include women’s right to vote. The 15th Amendment was a huge step in the right direction however.

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