The 15th Amendment was important because it gave African American men the right to vote. It was passed in 1870 and stated that the right to vote was guaranteed to any person no matter their race, color or "previous condition of servitude."Know More
Although the Amendment passed in 1870, there were other ways of keeping black men from voting. The southern states disenfranchised African Americans, and literacy tests and poll taxes were enacted to keep African Americans away from the polls. It wasn't until 1965 and the passage of the Voting Rights Act that African Americans could truly vote. When the Amendment became ratified, United States troops were keeping peace in the South. Once they left, the white people in the area took over and would not allow any African American whose grandfathers were not citizens to vote without paying a fee that many of them did not have.
The 15th Amendment also gave African Americans the right to be elected to public office. Once they got elected, they helped to pass laws that allowed children of all colors to attend school, and people of different races to get married.
Before the amendment passed, African Americans were not considered citizens of the United States and non-citizens were not allowed to vote.Learn more about The Constitution
The 15th Amendment states, "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." It also grants Congress the right to enforce this amendment by the use of appropriate legislation. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments, adopted on March 3, 1870.Full Answer >
The 24th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited the use of a poll tax as a means of denying any citizen the right to vote in any election for president, vice president, senators or representatives. Some states were denying voting privileges for failure to pay a poll tax.Full Answer >
The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave the federal government the right to levy an income tax. Congress passed the 16th Amendment on July 2, 1909, and it was ratified or approved on Feb. 3, 1913.Full Answer >
The 16th Amendment gives the federal government the right to collect income tax. Prior to the ratification of this amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court found a federal income tax unconstitutional in Pollock v. Farmer’s Loan & Trust Co. Before the 16th Amendment, the Constitution only allowed Congress to levy taxes against states and not individuals.Full Answer >