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What is the importance of the 15th Amendment?

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hoonbusiness | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM via web

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What is the importance of the 15th Amendment?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM (Answer #1)

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The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is important because it guarantees voting rights to all American males of all races.  

The Fifteenth Amendment is one of the "Civil War Amendments" that was meant to give African Americans equality with white Americans after the end of slavery.  To that end, it said that no one's right to vote could

be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Of course, the intent of this amendment was subverted by Southerners for decades after it passed.  They used various tricks to deny African Americans the right to vote while not explicitly banning them on the basis of their race.  The 15th Amendment finally came to truly have an effect when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed by Congress to enforce the amendment.

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