15th Amendment 1870

15th Amendment 1870


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Amendments are important to everyone that is in the United States of America. In February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment had in effect/ratified. It granted African-American men the right to vote, declaring that the “right of citizens of the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The ability of the 15th Amendment would not be fully realized for almost a century. The Southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African-Americans.  It would take the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of African-Americans in the South were registered to vote.

This is great that they finally did something for the hard-working African-American men. It was sad that in the South that they were mistreated in so many ways. The House of Representatives passed the 15th Amendment on February 25, 1869, by a vote of 144 to 44, which is great. This gave so much hope for the African-Americans that they would be more accepted.