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What is the Fifteenth Amendment?
The Constitution of the United States is the document that serves as the fundamental law of the country. An amendment is a change to something. An amendment to the Constitution is any text added to the original document since its ratification in 1788. The Constitution has been amended 27 times in American history.
The Fifteenth Amendment was ratified on February 3, 1870. The entire text of the amendment reads:
“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. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
The Fifteenth Amendment, along with the Fourteenth Amendment, was ratified after the end of the American Civil War and gave rights to freed Black men. Despite this, all of the former Confederate states would manage to defy both amendments and prevent Blacks from voting for many years.
Why is Fifteenth Amendment important?
This relatively short amendment gave the right to vote to freed Black men and, in theory, gave Congress the authority to prevent the states from denying this right.
Unsurprisingly, Black voters overwhelmingly voted for Republicans, the party of President Abraham Lincoln, and so the post–Civil War South was at first controlled by Republican politicians, including 16 Black Congressmen and more than 600 Black men in state legislatures. Until the late 1870s, these politicians enacted legislation and policies that benefited freed Blacks, such as outlawing segregated public transport and land sales, despite heavy resistance from white supremacists and President Andrew Johnson.
However, Republican power diminished in the South and Southern Democrats (who supported white supremacy) regained control of the former Confederate states by 1877. For nearly 100 years, the South then passed legislation now known as Jim Crow laws that denied Blacks the right to vote through restrictions that circumvented the Fifteenth Amendment. It took until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act to outlaw these state laws and give the federal government the authority to review and approve changes in voting laws at the state level.
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It took only two months after the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified for an American citizen to exercise his new voting rights. Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, was the first Black American to ever cast a vote, which he did on a vote of the town’s charter. Peterson was awarded a medal by the citizens of Perth Amboy, and in 1998 New Jersey named March 31 as Thomas Mundy Peterson Day in recognition of his historic vote.
What are real-life examples of Fifteenth Amendment?
This video provides a more thorough explanation of the history and political situation surrounding the Fifteenth Amendment:
Equal voting rights and the Fifteenth Amendment are a near-universally supported idea today. Like most amendments, the Fifteenth Amendment is most often brought up in history discussions or when a law is brought to court for possibly violating it.
We would like to encourage everyone to exercise their 15th Amendment right and go out and vote today! Be the change that you would like to see within society!
— Radford_Nupes (@RhoThetaNupes) November 5, 2019
New lawsuit: after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill requiring felony offenders to pay off court fines and fees before they can regain voting eligibility, @ACLU, @NAACP_LDF, and @BrennanCenter challenge it on 1st, 14th and 15th Amendment grounds https://t.co/0rqeDDq6NL
— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) June 29, 2019
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The Fifteenth Amendment forbids laws that prevent people from voting based on their race.
How to use Fifteenth Amendment in a sentence
Open-carry activists are known for baiting cops into on-camera arguments about the Second Amendment and state laws.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic|Brandy Zadrozny|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They would not, for example, supersede federal law regarding the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment.
Either we believe the First Amendment is worth defending or we do not.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They then would expect the Senate to strip that amendment and compromise simply on keeping government open for 60 days.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill|Ben Jacobs|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why are “threats,” unlike other scary speech, outside the protection of the First Amendment?Does Free Speech Cover Murder Fantasies? The Supreme Court’s Definition of a ‘Threat’|Geoffrey R. Stone|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That he would camp near Lone Jack on the evening of the fifteenth, and wanted Thompson to join him thar.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Consequently an amendment may be made diminishing the weekly allowance to a member who is sick, and also the time of allowing it.
By the fourteenth amendment to the federal constitution their rights and privileges have been further secured.
Several laws for the resumption of Crown lands were passed by the Parliaments of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Ducking back through the firedoor, he ran quickly up to the sixteenth floor, up past the fifteenth.