15th Amendment

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  • Main Idea
  • 15th Amendment By Chayse Tucker
  • The 15th amendment gives all men that are U.S. citizens the right to vote. This is one of the reconstruction amendments because it was added to the constitution after the civil war. Some states were required to ratify this amendment in order to have representation in congress. It is great that all men are becoming equal!
  • Setting
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Today, February 3, 1870, is a great day because we will ratify the 15th amendment into the United States Constitution. This will give all men the right to vote or as we call it, suffrage. No man shall be denied the right to vote because of the race or the color of his skin anymore! Hip, Hip, Hooray!
  • Evidence
  • Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States 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 the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
  • Perspective
  • "A man's rights rest in 3 boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box." Fredrick Douglas
  • After the Civil War, the country had to begin to rebuild and needed everyone's help. If all men could help, all men should have the right to vote. In the south, black men were allowed to vote but not in the north. This was unfair!
  • Audience
  • Republicans vote yes.
  • Democrats vote no.
  • Congress wanted to pass the amendment but it wasn't easy. Democrats and Republicans didn't agree. Democrats believed the republicans wanted black men to vote so that they could keep control of the government. Democrats wanted each state to decide when black men could vote.
  • Significance
  • I voted and I was the first one!
  • Ballot Box
  • Way to go Mr. Thomas Peterson!
  • The 15th amendment gave black men the right to vote. This was a big step towards equality but some people were still against it. Racist groups like the Klu Klux Klan hurt many black men who tried to vote. Some states even created a poll tax to keep them from voting. This led to the 24th amendment and the Voting Right Act of 1965.
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