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Transcript of 15th amendment
It prohibits the federal and state goverment from denying a citizen the right to vote based on the citizens race and will still be treated equally.
Congress repeatedly debated the rights of the millions of black, former slaves. By the time 1869 came, other amendments were passed to abolish slavery and provide citizenship and equal protection under the laws. In the year 1868, President Ulysses S. Grant convinced a majority of Republicans that protecting the franchise of black voters would be important for the future.
Passed by congress on February 26, 1869 and ratified on February 3, 1870. The 15th amendment granted african-american men the right to vote. The 14th amendment gave them citizenship, and all citizens had the right to vote.
How was it structured?
The 15th amendment not only gave blacks the right to vote, but it also lead to the allowance of blacks to be elected in public office. Once in office, laws were established that provided schools to children of all races, and allowed all races to marry.
How did the passage of the amendment change American culture?
What is the true meaning of your amendment, what was its purpose?
Why was it proposed?
Did it solve the problem it was created to address?
When congress passed the 15th amendment, some states resisted ratification. At one point, the ratification court stood at 17 Republican states and 4 Democratic states rejecting it. Congress still needed 11 more states to ratify before it could become a law.