The 15th Amendment

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  • The 15 Amendment The rights of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any states on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The Congress shall have power to enforce this law by appropriate legislation.
  • This Amendment was originally created to give black men the right to vote.
  • We can finally get a say in what goes on in our country!
  • However, there were a few loopholes in the amendment. Some states, like Arkansas, required citizens to pay a poll tax in order to vote.
  • If you can't pay, then you can't vote.
  • Other states required citizens to pass a literacy test before they could vote.
  • Because some blacks had recently been in slavery, not many were able to pass the test or could afford to vote.
  • I told you it was too good to be true.
  • I don't think they'll ever let people like us vote.
  • Yet, despite all these challenges, slaves overcame the odds and were able to make a change in the country.
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