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The 15th Amendment: The Right to Vote

The 15th Amendment
The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified on February 03, 1870. The Amendment guaranteed that the right to vote could not be denied based on“race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The amendment supported and followed the passage of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth amendments, which abolished slavery and guaranteed citizenship, respectively, to African-Americans. The passage of the amendment and its subsequent ratification meant that African-American men were legally able to vote in government elections. American Women, on the other hand, regardless of color, were still denied the right to vote. Women would not receive that right until the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, Women’s Suffrage, in 1920.
– Developing a Deeper Understanding –1.In what year was the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution ratified?

2. According to the article, the Fifteenth Amendment guaranteed that the right to vote could not be denied based on what conditions?

3. Who were not granted the right to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment?

4. Even after the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment, what still hindered many African American men from voting?

5. Critical Thinking: Explain your position – Since it is now legal for all American citizens to vote in government elections, do you support or oppose the theory that says: “It is your American duty to vote”


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