The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave African American men the right to vote by declaring that 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.”
Although the amendment was ratified on the 3rd of February, 1870, the promises of voting rights for Black American men that was contained in the 15th Amendment of would not be fully realized for nearly one century. Through the use of taxes on polls, literacy tests, among other methods, Southern states were able to prevent African Americans from exercising their franchise. The passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 ensured that all African Americans in the South were eligible to vote.
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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–
The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
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