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15th Amendment - Tull

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Leslie Rodriguez

on 25 March 2013

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Transcript of 15th Amendment - Tull

The 15th Amendment firmly established minority rights. In other words, African American men were now eligible to vote and be a part of the nation's politics. The decision to allow African Americans to vote was up to the states, before the 15th Amendment. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, establishing a commission to investigate voting discrimination, and in 1965 the Voting Rights Act (extended in 1970, 1975, and 1982) was passed to increase black voter registration by empowering the Justice Department to closely monitor voting qualifications. The main causes behind the 15th Amendment was the Republican desire to gain more power in both the North and the South. Black votes would help accomplish that end. Causes Amendment: Meaning Significance Effects Opposition in the former Confederate states started quickly and took many forms—violent intimidation, grandfather clauses, literacy tests, and poll taxes. The measure was passed by Congress in 1869, and was quickly ratified by the requisite three-fourths of the states in 1870. Republicans still controlled the state governments in the South, so the expected opposition lacked the means to block the amendment. 15th Amendment Section 1.
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. Section. 2.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. The 15th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on February 3, 1870 during Reconstruction. Along with the 13th amendment and the 14th amendment, it is one of the three Reconstruction Amendments. The 15th Amendment was an important beginning, granting the constitutional right of all black men to participate in local, state, and national government for the first time in American history. Now, people of all races, backgrounds, and color can vote! The results of the Civil War caused the thirst of equality, thus leading to the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments. (Coach Tull didn't make this) :)
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