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."
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
The 15th amendment provides individuals with the right to vote regardless of race, color or previous servitude. It was ratified on Feb. 3, 1870. However, the imposing of methods to deter voting among African American men affected the ability of many to be able to vote for several decades after the bill was signed into law.Full Answer >
The 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed by Congress on February 26, 1869, and ratified by the states on February 3, 1870. It was officially included in the Constitution on March 30, 1870.Full Answer >
The 15th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that neither the nation nor any individual state can deny or change the voting rights of an American citizen, regardless of his race, color or past experiences as a slave. It was designed to give African-American men the right to vote.Full Answer >
The purpose of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the United States Constitution was to establish political equality for all Americans. These amendments are collectively known as the Reconstruction Amendments.Full Answer >