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What's The Point Of The Fifteenth Amendment

By Brittany Antonacci June 23, 2020 0 comments

Hello Fellow Americans,

Today we’ll be continuing our in-depth series at a look into the constitution—primarily covering the Fifteenth Amendment. We’ll be giving a little background history as well as the purpose it currently holds.

So, without further ado, let’s get started…

The Fifteenth Amendment states…

Section 1. 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.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation

This amendment was added to the constitution primarily because it gave former slaves the ability to vote. However, a bunch of loopholes were placed within the system to stop the majority of African Americans from having the chance to qualify.

These included…

Poll Taxes

 

At the time, the people running the government really didn’t want former slaves to vote. So, to combat this they began to charge a poll tax knowing that they would never be able to afford it.

 

Literacy Tests

 

Literacy tests were brought to fruition knowing that African Americans were not given the proper educational background to pass the test.

 


White Primary System

 

This system allowed states to decide whether or not black people could vote by making rules specific to their area.


Unfortunately, despite the addition of this amendment, African Americans were still pretty much barred from voting through insane expectations. Let us know if you have any additional questions on this amendment and we’ll be happy to answer them in the comments. 

 

See You Later Patriots!!!

 


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